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Mr. Darcy: Benedict Cumberbatch Bares Chest As Jane Austen Character

Wed, September 17, 2014 1:37pm EDT by 3 Comments
Benedict Cumberbatch Shirtless
Courtesy of Jason Bell

Oh, Benedict Cumberbatch, how we love and admire you. Most ardently. In a new photo bestowed unto us by the gods themselves, Benedict channels his inner Mr. Darcy. Bare-chested. In a lake. For charity! So, you can’t feel bad for staring.

Benedict Cumberbatch, 38, has unleashed his inner Mr. Darcy in the name of cancer research. Part of a campaign for the UK’s “Give Up Clothes For Good,” Benedict was photographed by Jamie Bell in a lake unbuttoning his shirt and baring his naked chest for the good of mankind. Also for the good of the 10th anniversary of the charity which aims to raise funds for cancer research for children afflicted with the disease.

Benedict Cumberbatch Shirtless As Mr. Darcy In Charity Campaign — Pic

For the charity’s 10th anniversary, TK Maxx once again teams up with Cancer Research UK to host an exhibition featuring Benedict’s photo as well as photos of other noteworthy celebs (British and otherwise), like Kate Winslet, Jerry HallElijah Wood, Cynthia Nixon, and more.

The “Give Up Clothes For Good” campaign has raised over £17.6 million for Cancer Research UK, according to the UK’s Metro, and the photo exhibit will be open to the public from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20 at La Galleria Pall Mall in London. Entry is £2 or a clothing donation!

Benedict is a charitable guy, and we’re glad to tell you that he’s never too shy to take it off in the name of giving back. His ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video was the stuff of legend for which he got completely and totally naked, and drenched in water several times. Ah, charity.

Benedict Cumberbatch & David Tennant Once Teamed Up In The Name Of Jane Austen

This isn’t the first time Benedict has embodied the works of Jane Austen; in 2003, a match made in British television heaven occurred when Benedict teamed up with Doctor Who alum David Tennant to voice a radio adaptation of Mansfield Park.

Of course, this happened before the two would become stratospherically famous, but the special re-aired in 2013 to mark the 200th anniversary of the celebrated novel’s publishing, and fans lost their minds over the 10-episode retelling.

So, HollywoodLifers: are you into it? Has Benedict inspired your inner charitable selves? Let us know!

— Amanda Michelle Steiner

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