Lara Pulver has joined the cast of the second series of Sherlock, BBC1 has confirmed.
Pulver – who played Isabella in BBC1’s Robin Hood and will also be seen in the forthcoming tenth series of Spooks – will play Irene Adler in A Scandal in Belgravia, one of three Sherlock stories currently being filmed.
Adler is an important character in the Sherlock Holmes canon, as evidenced by Watson’s description of her at the beginning of A Scandal in Bohemia, the original Arthur Conan Doyle story on which the new episode is based: “To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind… and yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was Irene Adler.”
As well as A Scandal in Belgravia, the second series of Sherlock – starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as John Watson, and co-starring Being Human’s Russell Tovey – features 90-minute episodes entitled The Hounds Of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall.
Series two is due to air on BBC1 next year – not autumn 2011 as previously assumed. Filming has taken place several months later in the year than was the case with the first series, to fit around Freeman’s filming schedule as the star of The Hobbit.