Henry Cavill, the leading actor in the new "Superman" film reboot, recently became engaged to Ellen Whitaker, a showjumping rider.
The Cavill, who turned 28 on Thursday, May 5, and fellow British native Whitaker, 25, met at the 2009 Olympia International Horse Show and have been dating for a little over a year, according to a message posted on Whitaker's website.
On Tuesday, May 3, Cavill called her father to ask his permission before proposing to Whitaker in a Hollywood hotel, it said.
"I couldn't believe it when he asked me to marry him," Whitaker said in a statement, adding that she accepted his proposal straight away. "I thought we were there to celebrate his birthday. It was such a surprise and I am so happy."
The equestrian, who comes from a family of riders, is currently training with her horses to try to secure a spot on the British team for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Cavill is also known for his part as Charles Brandon, King Henry VIII's brother-in-law, on the Showtime series "The Tudors." He also starred in the films "Stardust" in 2007 and "The Count of Monte Cristo" in 2002.