The couple watched to get hitched as soon as possible
Benedict Cumberbatch plans to get Cumber-hitched in a hurry – before fiancée Sophie Hunter gives birth.
The Sherlock star, 38, is in such a rush he emailed invitations instead of sending them by post – telling shocked pals the wedding would take place very soon.
Benedict, up for an Oscar for his role in The Imitation Game, wants to tie the knot after the Hollywood awards ceremony but before theatre director Sophie, 36, is due to have their first child in early summer.
A source close to the actor said: "The invitations have gone out already which is very quick.
"It’s shocked a few people but they want their special day to happen before they have the baby.
"The details have been sent out in an email rather than a paper invitation as time is of the essence."
Only family and close pals are invited, and are sworn to secrecy on the location.
The source added: "They’re planning the perfect day. Life couldn’t be much better for them at the moment."
The pair rent a flat in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles as Benedict’s Hollywood career takes off, but he was seen in Gloucestershire this week filming a one-off Sherlock special to be shown on Christmas or New Year’s Day.
He announced their engagement in The Times in November, just five months after they were first seen together watching tennis at Wimbledon.