The 38-year-old star of the BBC's Sherlock and his 36-year-old fiancee, Sophie Hunter, have announced that they are expecting their first baby later this year.

The Guardian reports that Cumberbatch's publicist has confirmed the news, stating:

I am delighted to confirm that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are expecting their first child. They are both over the moon.

The couple's engagement was announced in early November of last year. They are expected to marry this spring.

2015 is set to a big year for Cumberbatch with, on top of a wedding and a baby, multiple Golden Globe Award nominations already announced. More happy news is expected at the Bafta nomination announcements this Friday.