Oona Chaplin – the actress who played John Watson’s short-lived love interest in Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia – maintains that Martin Freeman’s character has lost out by not sticking with teacher Jeanette.
In a jokey aside during an interview with RadioTimes.com, the Games of Thrones and Crimson Field actress said that Watson’s marriage on the show to Mary Morstan (played by Freeman’s real partner Amanda Abbington) was “his loss”.
“It is his loss, he doesn’t know what he is missing,” joked Chaplin, who said she could still return to the show. “You never know.”
In what she describes as a “blink and you’ll miss it cameo” her character is treated badly by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and eventually dumps John after claiming he always puts Sherlock first.
“My friends are wrong, you are a great boyfriend,” says Jeanette. “Sherlock Holmes is a very lucky man.”
Chaplin is currently waiting to see if she will be in a second run of The Crimson Field and whether a US cop show pilot called Hoke, in which she stars as a Cuban police officer alongside Paul Giamatti, gets the green light. Until then, she is as “free as a bird”.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.