Sherlock Spoilers: Lara Pulver says she has no doubt that Irene Adler will be back!

by Anna Howell

Whilst it has been confirmed that Lara Pulver’s Sherlock character Irene Adler will not be returning to the hit BBC detective series, the actress has revealed that we haven’t seen the last of her just yet.

Pulver’s entrance as Adler, a dominatrix who repeatedly outwits Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) before being finally defeated herself, caused quite a stir in “A Scandal in Belgravia” with many complaining to Ofcom about her opening scene, in which she sits completely naked. The flirty minx got right inside Sherlock’s head, and heart a little bit after bombarding him with text messages asking him to meet her for dinner.

However, despite the obvious attraction, the character will not be featuring in the new series of Sherlock, which began filming earlier this month, but according to Lara Pulver the actress who plays her, there is always series 4 and beyond for her to make a comeback.

The character of Irene Adler originates from the Arthur Conan-Doyle novels based on the infamous London detective and, despite having only ever appeared in one of the stories, was often referred to throughout the series as the most prominent female in Sherlock’s life, and potential love interest.


With that in mind, Pulver believes that in the new modern-day twist on the novels, there may be room for more Irene in Sherlock’s future.

Discussing the prospect during a recent interview with Spinoff Online Pulver, who is currently starring in the hit new Starz drama Da Vinci’s Demons, explained:

“She’s definitely not dead, which is always a good start,” Pulver said. “I think there are some other integral key characters they want to introduce into Season 3, which is kind of going to be their focus, and some new stories to tell.”

“However, I have no doubt at some point Irene Adler will be back in that BBC show. It was such a wonderful piece of writing on Steven Moffat’s part, and it’s become a very kind of iconic relationship between Holmes and Adler. There’s definitely more to be explored, but it might not be in the immediate future.”

In the current US remake of Sherlock, Elementary, the network CBS recently announced that they too would be introducing Adler to the series, played by Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer, who will appear in a three-episode arc that leads up to the season finale, of which Pulver approves:

“That’s the wonderful thing about Conan Doyle: It’s open for complete new interpretation. I think that’s what Steven Moffat and Mark [Gatiss] were so wonderful at — making their worldbased on the Conan Doyle books. I’ve not seen Elementary in order to comment, but hopefully they’re putting their own spout on that show and I’m sure they’ll create, just like with the Sherlock Holmes movies, their own world and their own Irene Adler. There’s definitely room for more than one.”

Watch a clip of Pulver in action below: