Jonny Lee Miller to play modern-day Sherlock Holmes in US drama Elementary

The Trainspotting star becomes the latest actor to play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth


Trainspotting star Jonny Lee Miller has landed the lead role in the CBS drama pilot Elementary, described as a New York-set modern take on the cases of famed detective Sherlock Holmes.


The casting marks a return to series TV for Miller, who guest-starred in eight episodes of Dexter and previously took the lead role in Eli Stone.

Robert Doherty will write and executive produce the CBS TV studios project, with Elementary being one of eight drama pilots in contention on the US network.

Back in January, Sue Vertue (executive producer of the BBC’s Sherlock, in which Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a modern-day version of Holmes) commented to the Independent about the project: “We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes. It’s interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.” 

She added: “We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.”


Cumberbatch and Miller famously starred together in the National Theatre’s sold-out production of Frankenstein in 2011, alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. They shared the best actor prize at last year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for their performances.