Is Irene Adler Coming Back To ‘Sherlock’ Or What?

Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler

Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler

The story so far: Lara Pulver, the statuesque actress who played Irene Adler in the Sherlock story “A Scandal In Belgravia,” had been asked in April if her character might be making a return journey, to revisit Baker Street and generally set pulses racing.

Her response, as is often the way with TV shows that rely on surprises, was guarded to the point of being dismissive of the possibility. She told Radio Times: “As far as I know, I’m not going to be a part of series three. Sherlock is Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s passion project. If it fits to have her back, I know they’ll write it; if it doesn’t, I trust them to get it right.”

They asked her again this month, and this time the answer is a subtly But asked about those comments now, she told us: “I don’t think I said you wouldn’t be seeing me. I said there are other key characters they’re introducing.”

Which is probably as close to a formal announcement as anyone is going to get, especially with the BBC refusing to comment, beyond saying “The only adversary we have announced for series three is Charles Augustus Magnussen portrayed by Lars Mikkelsen. We won’t be making any more announcements on casting as we want to ensure we keep the third series a surprise for fans.”

So, Sherlockians, there are your clues. Get deducing!

Fraser McAlpine

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