Top showjumper Ellen Whitaker engaged to Henry Cavill

Top showjumper Ellen Whitaker is celebrating after getting engaged to her actor boyfriend Henry Cavill last night.

Henry, who has been cast as the new Superman in next year’s Superman: Man of Steel, popped the question in a Hollywood hotel after seeking the permission of Ellen’s dad, Stephen.

A delighted — and shocked — Ellen said: “I couldn’t believe it when he asked me to marry him. I thought we were there to celebrate his birthday. It was such a surprise and I am so happy.”

The couple first met at Olympia in 2009. A date for the wedding is yet to be set.