Telly sensation and barrister Judge Rinder takes best man duties at Cumberbatch wedding

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By Thomas Connelly on

The criminal law specialist — better known as ITV’s version of Judge Judy — was one of three best men at heart-throb actor’s “secret” wedding


Benedict Cumberbatch married actress and theatre director Sophie Hunter in a private ceremony at St Peter & St Paul Church on the Isle of Wight on Saturday. Despite the wedding being announced in The Times — the couple were keen to keep details of their ceremony as private as possible.

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However, one detail was leaked — the film star’s choice of best man. He opted for 2 Harecourt barrister and daytime reality TV judge, Robert Rinder.

Celeb Cumberbatch could have called on any a number of well-known stars to offer support on his big day — but he chose old Manchester Univeristy chum Rinder, along with two other unnamed friends.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, an insider said:

“There was speculation that he chose another actor, but he wanted genuine old friends in the role. They kept it pretty quiet. They were friends before either found fame.”

It seems only appropriate for Rinder to have played a part in the wedding — since it was Cumberbatch who officiated at Rinder’s own Ibiza marriage ceremony in 2013 to his boyfriend Seth Cumming.


Rinder is becoming a star in his own right. With his sassy put-downs and no-nonsense approach from the bench on the ITV show, Judge Rinder, he’s quickly building an army of fans. A second series hit screens earlier this year, with ITV increasing its output from 20 to 50 episodes.


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