Benedict Cumberbatch Designs 'Sherlock'-Themed Paddington Bear
Peter Capaldi, Kate Moss and David Beckham have also designed their own characters as U.K. release of 'Paddington' nears
Ahead of the beloved character’s return to U.K. screens later this year, Paddington Bear has been offered a new fashion twist by a host of British celebrities.
The children’s favorite, first created by author Michael Bond in the 1950s, is known for his distinctive red hat and blue coat, but a specially commissioned series of life-size statues to be dotted around London landmarks gives him an entirely different look, as designed by some of Britain’s best-known faces.
The film’s stars Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw have all had a go, Capaldi naturally giving his bear a Doctor Who feel by painting a Tardis. Elsewhere, Benedict Cumberatch swapped Paddington’s hat for a Sherlock-esque Deerstalker and Emma Watson covered her bear in butterflies, while David Beckham, predictably, turned the bear’s coat into an England soccer shirt with his own name on the back. Other bear revampers include Michael Sheen, Kate Moss and Stephen Fry.
The statues will eventually be auctioned off in aid of children’s charity NSPCC. To see the full lineup, visit the official website.