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Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy rises from London lake

It's Colin Firth, but not as we know him. He's nearly 4 metres tall and made of fibreglass.
A swimmer approaches a statue meant to depict actor Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, the famed character in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, at the Serpentine Lake in London's Hyde Park on Monday. (David Parry/Associated Press)

It's Colin Firth, but not as we know him. He's nearly 4 metres tall and made of fibreglass.

A statue of brooding Mr. Darcy, the character played by Firth in a TV miniseries production of Pride and Prejudice, has been installed in London's Serpentine lake.

The figure shows Darcy emerging from the water in a soaked shirt, recreating a scene from the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.

The scene helped turn Firth into a sex symbol and is regularly voted among Britain's most memorable TV moments.

Lead sculptor Toby Crowther said the work took the lake scene as a starting point but also drew on other depictions of Austen's romantic hero.

The statue was placed amid the swans and swimmers in the Hyde Park lake to promote Drama, a new TV channel dedicated to British programs.

It is scheduled to go on display at several locations before being installed in a lake in Lyme Park, northwest England, where the scene was filmed. It will remain there until February.

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