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Benedict Cumberbatch is a dad again! See which Shakespeare character his new son is named after

by Sophie Hamilton

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter have become proud parents to their second son, according to reports in The Mail on Sunday. The newspaper revealed that Sophie, 39, gave birth to a baby boy at London’s exclusive Portland hospital on March 3, although they are yet to formally announce the news. It is reported that the famous couple have named their son Hal – full name Hal Auden Cumberbatch - which was Shakespeare’s nickname for a young Henry V. Baby Hal is little brother to Christopher, age one.

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Benedict Cumberbatch are proud parents to Christopher and new baby Hal, according to reports

Sherlock star Benedict, 40, has previously said about becoming a father: "Having a baby – it's massive. And on a very unexpected level. Suddenly I understood my parents much more proudly than I ever had before." He has also spoken before about introducing his children to his acting work: “Of course, of course. I want them to know what I do for a living and they can’t always because of the certification of my films, we’ll all be a lot older by the time they get to see them. I would definitely like to do some child-friendly work in the future, I’ve done a bit but there might be a bit more of that.”

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Benedict is set to return to the BBC to produce and star in a 90-minute television adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel The Child in Time. The 40-year-old plays a children's author named Stephen Lewis who deals with the death of his daughter, Kate. Speaking about the role, Benedict said: "I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful, and very moving. Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty."

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