Cumberbatch 'bowled over' by engagement reaction

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Theater director Sophie Hunter (L) and actor Benedict Cumberbatch attend The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes After Party presented by FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier and Marie Claire at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TWC)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (L) and theater director Sophie Hunter arrives at The Weinstein Company & Netflix 2015 Golden Globes After Party, in Beverly Hills, California, January 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch and girlfriend Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch and girlfriend Sophie Hunter
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sophie Hunter seen arriving at Quaglino's restaurant. on October 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Happy Pictures/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Sophie Hunter and Max Osterweis attend the 'Bernie' premiere at the AMC Loews 19th Street Theater on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Sophie Hunter (L) and designer Max Osterweis attend Dior and The Weinstein Company's Opening Of 'Picturing Marilyn' at Milk Gallery on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 09: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' European Premiere at Cinestar on December 9, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Anita Bugge/WireImage)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' December 2, 2013 at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' UK Premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on May 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Benedict Cumberbatch fans might be weeping on the inside over the "Sherlock" star's engagement - but he's seeing nothing but their love, he says.

"It's a crazy old love bomb to drop and the amount of love that comes back to you, that was the thing that (fiancé Sophie Hunter and I) are both just sort of bowled over by. It's wonderful."

Cumberbatch and Turner announced their engagement by posting an eight-line notice on the births, deaths and marriages page of The Times newspaper in London on Nov. 5

The 38-year old actor says he and Hunter liked the old school approach and says even if he wasn't famous he would have been "equally happy to announce my marriage to the most incredible woman I've ever met" in the same way. "It was controlling it and letting the world know but in a quiet and sort of sober and traditional manner."

The pair met while appearing together in the 2009 thriller "Burlesque Fairytales."

Cumberbatch spoke at a special screening for "Penguins of Madagascar" Sunday night, in which he voices the character of a super spy wolf, opening in theaters Nov. 26. He also stars in "The Imitation Game," about code-breaking genius Alan Turing, opens on Nov. 28.

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