But that also got me thinking about the popularity of this theme (and, sadly, how many scenes like this I know about, just off the top of my head). Here’s Jude Law, in the trailer for The New Pope. He’s not coming out of the water, but he is water-adjacent:
And then of course, there’s the classic of Daniel Craig as (he was then) the new James Bond, taking a dip in the ocean:
And the even MORE classic, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, emerging from the pond in one of the most beloved BBC TV moments ever:
Although, in all fairness, that shows more of Mr. Darcy getting into the water than getting out of it. I’m not going to quibble, though.
That scene was so imprinted on so many psyches that they actually had a little fun recreating it for the Lost in Austen movie:
And here’s a TV moment I’ve always enjoyed, starring the lovely James Murray (and Keeley Hawes), in Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree:
And then we can take a moment of special thanks for Colin Firth, who makes this list twice, for this outing with Hugh Grant, fighting over Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Hope you’ve enjoyed our romp through the best clips available of British Men in Water. Did I miss any such moments? Let me know!
ADDED LATER: I’m so sorry. How did I almost forget Aidan Turner as Poldark?!?!?