Benedict Cumberbatch gets wet for charity again to recreate that Mr Darcy moment

The Sherlock star took a dip in a lake – white shirt and all – as part of a fundraising campaign for Cancer Research

Benedict Cumberbatch is making a habit of getting wet for charity. Last time it was in a series of increasingly ridiculous Ice Bucket Challenges that eventually saw the Sherlock star stripping off his underpants and getting into the shower.


This time around, things are a little more sedate (a flash of Cumberbatch’s chest is as much as we get) but a lot easier on the eye, as Cumberbatch channels his inner Darcy to recreate Colin Firth’s iconic lake swimming scene from the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

The portrait by celebrity and fashion photographer Jason Bell is one of a series – also featuring stars including Liam Neeson, Kate Winslet and Jerry Hall – shot to mark ten years of the Give Up Clothes For Good charity campaign, which has to date raised £17 million for Cancer Research

You can get up close and personal with Cumberbatch and co at an exhibition of Bell’s photos at La Galleria on London’s Pall Mall, from Tuesday until Saturday. Until then, we’ll leave you with this…

Photograph by Jason Bell


Benedict Cumberbatch is supporting the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign, a partnership between TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK to help raise money to beat kids cancer sooner. For more information visit