Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter tie the knot

The pair married on the Isle of Wight on Valentine's Day.

FILE: British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (R) and Sophie Hunter. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch and theatre director Sophie Hunter were married on the Isle of Wight on Valentine's Day, his publicist said on Sunday.

"Benedict and Sophie were married surrounded by their close friends and family. It was a magical day," publicist Karon Maskill said in a statement.

The couple announced in January that they were expecting their first child. Cumberbatch, 38, and Hunter, 36, formally announced their engagement in the UK newspaper The Times last November.

Cumberbatch received his first Academy Award nomination this year, for best actor, for his portrayal of mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which was also nominated for best picture.

He won an Emmy last year for his lead role in the British TV miniseries Sherlock, a show that built a fervent female following for the English actor.