As fans of Sherlock will know, when Lara Pulver – in the role of lesbian dominatrix Irene Adler – stripped off and went about her business with a whip, some viewers were angered at the scenes, which were shown before the 9pm watershed.
However, while speaking to the Radio Times about the controversy surrounding her nude scenes, actress Lara has revealed that the show’s bosses gave her the opportunity to wear some clothing during filming.
But it seems, keen to get the filming done, Lara refused, and decided to bare all to expedite the shoot.
While explaining that the show’s director told her she could wear an “invisible” bra and pants, Lara added that he then made the point that filming would take a while longer in order to avoid showing bra straps and panty lines.
She said, “The director very sweetly said to me, ‘The choice is we spend hours shooting it to avoid seeing straps or we take all that off and shoot it quickly…’
“I thought I couldn’t put myself through being there all day, practically naked anyway, so I might as well get completely naked and get it done in a few hours.
“Martin [Freeman] said a few things, but they were harmless and both he and Benedict [Cumberbatch] were both supportive, and by the end of it, I wouldn’t move on to the next line until Benedict had stared at my boobs!”
Lara went on to reveal that while there are possibly some similarities between her in real life, and the traits of her character Irene, she draws the line at sadism.
She said, “There are huge elements of our characters that are us. But I don’t go around whipping people.
“And I’m not a lesbian.”
Just in case you missed the episode in question – which attracted around 100 complaints, but which was viewed by around 10million – here’s a clip of the scene that caused the ruckus…