Lara Pulver on a Sherlock return: “It would be a pleasure – I had a lovely chemistry with Benedict”

The actress is ready to reprise her risque role as whip-smart dominatrix Irene Adler opposite "old friend" Benedict Cumberbatch


Actress Lara Pulver is ready to pick up her whip and step back into the thigh-high boots of dominatrix Irene Adler, should Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss come calling once again.


Pulver said a return to the BBC1 series “would be an absolute pleasure” and described the “lovely chemistry” she shared with its star Benedict Cumberbatch during some challenging scenes.

Pulver’s role in series two episode A Scandal in Belgravia saw her dress up in S&M gear, and strip down to nothing, as her character engaged in a sexually charged battle of wits with the detective. But she said Cumberbatch had made the revealing scenes run smoothly.

“When you’re having to be that intimate with someone, barriers just come down because you’re having to trust that person, you’re having to feel very safe in their presence,” Pulver told access hollywood.

She said her co-star had been “such a gentleman” and that his own experience of baring all had made him sensitive to her situation.

“Having just done Frankenstein himself on stage – where he’d been butt-naked with Jonny Lee Miller – he was extremely sympathetic to the process,” said Pulver.

And she said resuming the dynamic between Sherlock and Irene would be easy given her friendship with Cumberbatch.


“We have a lovely chemistry and a lovely a rapport and a relationship where, we might not see each other for a few months, and then we get back together and it’s just like old friends.”