Games of Thrones‘ Natalie Dormer has landed the pivotal role of Irene Adler on Elementary, CBS announced Tuesday.
The actress will appear as Sherlock Holmes’ former love in three episodes, beginning May 9 and climaxing in the show’s two-hour season finale on May 16.
Londoner Irene Adler was the only woman to truly capture Sherlock’s heart. It was revealed earlier this season that Moriarty was responsible for her death, which sent the investigator on a downward spiral into drug addiction.
“We’re moving to the next chapter in our show – and in some ways, to a previous chapter in Holmes’ story,” said executive producer creator Rob Doherty in a statement. “Irene Adler is perhaps the most pivotal relationship in Sherlock’s life, and I can’t think of an actress better suited to the challenge than Natalie.”
As for whether Irene might actually be alive, the EP revealed at TCA Press Tour in January that there was talk about exploring the character in flashback to “see why Sherlock would be drawn to this particular women — she’s got to be pretty unique — so we definitely want to meet her.”
In addition to her role as Joffrey’s intended bride, Margaery Tyrell, on Game of Thrones, Dormer is known for playing Anne Boleyn on The Tudors.
Jill Flint may find love on Elementary!
The Royal Pains alum will guest-star on an upcoming episode of the CBS series, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Flint will play Alysa Darvin, a beguiling young woman who catches the eye of Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill) when he helps Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) investigate a heist in the middle of a blizzard.
Flint’s other TV credits include The Good Wife and Nurse Jackie.
Elementary airs Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS. Flint’s episode is slated to air April 4.
Sherlock will soon get a blast from the past: John Hannah has been cast as Sherlock’s old drug dealer from London, executive producer Rob Doherty announced Saturday at Elementary‘s winter TV preview panel.
TVGuide.com has since learned that Hannah will play Rhys, who comes to New York seeking Holmes’ (Jonny Lee Miller) help. “Rhys is somebody who was helpful to Sherlock in London every once in a while with respect to cases,” Doherty tells us. “Rhys was a guy who had his finger on the pulse of crime in London. That’s all in the past.
“When we meet him in the present, he has sought Sherlock out because several years ago he saw an opportunity to retire from the business: He ripped off his bosses and made off with about $2 million and retired to Thailand. His daughter, who actually lives in New York, has been abducted and is being held for ransom. He comes to Sherlock because even Rhys understands and appreciates that on drugs or off drugs, Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in the history of detecting.”
Naturally, having his former dealer in town will not be easy for the recovering addict Sherlock. “It’s difficult for Sherlock to be around him in that Rhys is a walking, talking trigger,” Doherty says. “It’s hard to interact with him and not remember his druggie past. So, Joan [Lucy Liu] has to work a little harder than usual.”
For her part, Joan will not be a fan of Rhys. “Rhys is a lovely fellow, as is John Hannah, but her guard is up,” he says. “She recognizes that as lovely as he may be, he’s a criminal. He was a drug dealer. There are reasons to be a little wary of the guy. She’s especially uncomfortable that Rhys is staying at the Brownstone.”
Elementary airs Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS.