Sophie Hunter is best known as a theatre director but she’s also popped up on TV and in film over the years.

She featured opposite David Tennant in a short film, The Traffic Warden.

She also appeared in the 2004 film version of Vanity Fair, which starred Reese Witherspoon and appeared alongside Benedict in the 2009 thriller Burlesque Fairytales, where the couple met.

Sophie appeared as Bella Monday in an episode of Midsomer Murders and in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, the episode was Children Of Earth: Day Four, which starred John Barrowman and Peter Capaldi.

The theatre director also had a music career, recording a French language album with Robbie Williams’ collaborator Guy Chambers in 2005 called The Isis Project, after they met through a mutual friend.

Guy said of her at the time: “I knew from the moment that she walked into the studio that she was the right person with the right attitude and enthusiasm.”

At 36, she is two years younger than her fiance.

Sophie is an Oxford graduate who studied modern languages.

She has directed a number of experimental and avant garde productions including a puppet version of Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition which toured the US.

In 2007 she won the Samuel Beckett Award.

Her stage productions as a director have included the Britten opera The Rape Of Lucretia.

The couple were pictured together as they attended the French Open in the summer, where they went public with their relationship, before eventually announcing their engagement.

The announcement in The Times

The announcement in The Times (PA)

Benedict reportedly flew to Edinburgh to ask Sophie’s mother’s permission for her daughter’s hand in marriage before proposing.