Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch became a major star after appearing as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes Getty

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement to actress and director Sophie Hunter on 5th November. The news came as a shock to the British actor's female fans who took to Twitter to express their 'anger' and 'disappointment'!

Cumberbatch's rep reconfirmed the news, saying, "I am delighted to confirm this morning's announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are engaged."

The union was announced in the births, deaths and marriages column of UK newspaper The Times on November 5:

Here are some fan reactions on Cumberbatch's big news: