NEW YORK — 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 (fiancee Sophie Hunter and I) are both just sort of bowled over by. It’s wonderful.”

Cumberbatch and Hunter 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. Even if he wasn’t famous, Cumberbatch said 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,” he said.

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

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

–From news service reports