Benedict Cumberbatch: My niece directed my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The internet wanted to see him in a white T-shirt, so Cumberbatch complied...

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ice bucket challenge was quite something. We’d had former presidents, Vogue editors, sports stars and more dousing themselves in icy water – but the Sherlock actor’s effort stood out for it’s not one, but five brushes with the bucket. 

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Although, it turns out Cumberbatch isn’t the only brains behind the video. “I chose all the shots and rehearsed it with my niece – who acted as my director of photography!” he tells Time Out. “The first time we tried it she’d stopped filming and I had to do it all over again. I got a cut above my eyebrow from the ice.”

The Sherlock star also revealed the inspiration behind his attire in the final frame which saw him brave a soaking while wearing a white t-shirt. 

“The internet was asking when I was going to do it and if I’d wear a white t-shirt apparently. And I actually did wear a white t-shirt for the last one, which they [the fans] were apparently quite happy about, so I was saving the internet!”

The actor, 38, added that – despite the craze dominating social media last month – he was not aware of its existence until his agent rung him about his nominations.

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“I was all: ice bucket what? And I was in the middle of doing Shere Khan [in Ron Howard’s The Jungle Book] and some voice work for The Hobbit and something else. Then I cottoned on to what it was and what it was in aid of and I thought: I need to do this properly. I was late and had been nominated more than once so I did it a few times.”