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Former NI Secretary Mandelson inspiration for TV star

By Sherna Noah

TV star Mark Gatiss has told how he based his Sherlock character Mycroft on former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson.

The actor and writer plays the politician, one of the key architects behind New Labour, in new Channel 4 drama Coalition.

But Gatiss said that his depiction of Mycroft, the older brother of Benedict Cumberbatch's detective in the TV series which he co-created with Steven Moffat, was already inspired by Mandelson.

"I based Mycroft on Peter Mandelson. It was explicit even before I was going to play him," the actor said. "Steven ... and I talked about how Mandelsonian Mycroft was ... Conan Doyle says Mycroft is the British government. He's the power behind the throne."

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