Belfast Telegraph

Sherlock return easy for Freeman

Martin Freeman has revealed that getting back into the character of Sherlock's John Watson was easy.

The Bafta-winning actor reprises his role as Sherlock Holmes' sidekick opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as the detective in the third series of the BBC show.

The 42-year-old , who has been promoting his role in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sequel The Desolation Of Smaug, said: "You're helped by very good writing, good shooting and working with the people you're working with. There's no other reason I'd be here.

"All of those things really help you to slip back into it. It's a lovely job to slip back to into. We all thoroughly enjoy it."

Martin, who attended a screening of the first episode of the new series at the British Film Institute (BFI) in London on December 15, said he enjoyed doing the comedic scenes between Sherlock and John because of the sharp writing by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

"We like comedy and Mark and Steven both like writing comedically, if not out and out comedy. We like doing that," he revealed.

"It's a really pleasurable part of doing these two parts of Sherlock and John - they tee each other off but they do really like each other. They're really fond of each other but they also drive each other nuts."

He added: "It's men in an environment where they can't quite live with each other but they can't live without each other either."

The new series of Sherlock, which will see Martin's wife Amanda Abbington join the cast as his on-screen wife Mary, will begin on BBC One on New Year's Day.


From Belfast Telegraph