Lara Pulver on Sherlock: I’m not part of series 3

The actress who played Irene Adler talks Sherlock, Da Vinci's Demons... and taking her clothes off

Lara Pulver, the actress who played seductress Irene Adler opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, has crushed the hopes of certain fans of the BBC1 detective drama by revealing she is unlikely to appear in the third series.

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“As far as I know, I’m not going to be a part of series three,” the star told Radio Times. “It’s [creators] Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s passion project. If it fits to have her back, I know they’ll write it; if it doesn’t I trust them to get it right.”

But while the dominatrix may not be making a return to the hit BBC drama  which is filming at the moment  Pulver’s Twitter fan base remains dedicated to her portrayal of Adler.

“Oh my god, I get inundated every day with people saying ‘Please say Irene Adler’s going to be in season three, please!'” said Pulver.

The 32-year-old actress is instead set to star in upcoming historical drama Da Vinci’s Demons, which premieres on Fox next week. And just like Adler, her new character is not afraid to bare some flesh…

“We are in renaissance Italy, which involved women often being used for men’s desires… We don’t shy away from sexual intimacy in the storytelling,” she said, before adding: “However, I’m not one to drop my clothes for the sake of it.”

Pulver plays Clarice Orsini, a politician’s wife, in the historical drama. “I see Clarice as a Jackie O, Hillary Clinton or Wallis Simpson type; the power behind the throne.”

Read the full interview with Lara Pulver in this week’s Radio Times magazine, on sale now

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Da Vinci’s Demons starts on Friday 19 April at 10:00pm on Fox