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Game of Thrones Star Lands Irene Adler Role on CBS’ Elementary

By on April 9, 2013

Natalie Dormer. Photo by George Pimentel – ©

Interesting news, Elementary fans.

Per TVGuide today, Sherlock’s lost love Irene Adler will make her debut on the show in a three-episode arc starting on May 9, and finishing on the two-hour season finale on May 16.

Adler will be played by Natalie Dormer, who is currently wowing audiences in Game of Thrones as Joffrey’s scheming bride-to-be Margery Tyrell.

We’re moving to the next chapter in our show, and in some ways, to a previous chapter in Holmes’ story,” executive producer Rob Doherty told TV Guide. “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 we build our Irene and we get into more detail, obviously, she has to be fairly unique, in that someone like Sherlock found himself attracted to her.  As we’ve said in the past, he doesn’t really like to get close to anyone, let alone women. The way we’ve depicted him, to this point in the season, he’s not an especially romantic kind of guy.

Earlier this season it was revealed that Irene had died by “M’s” hands, prompting Sherlock to abduct and almost murder Sebastian Moran (played by Vinnie Jones) before realizing that Moran was not in fact “M” and discovering that Irene had connections to something more sinister, which ultimately led to her death.

Dormer’s Adler (and potentially Moriarty too?) sets the scene for some classic Sherlock Holmes characters to take center stage before the season wraps in May.


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