Rupert Graves talks Sherlock, ice buckets and Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans

Graves jumped at the chance to play DI Lestrade and says he’s sure support for Cumberbatch “sends the boy giddy”

Actor Rupert Graves attended last night’s Pride premiere in London to support Sherlock co-star Andrew Scott, so we caught up with him about life on set of the Emmy-winning show.


“When [the script] first came through, you read it and you just knew it was great,” Graves says of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s modern-day spin on the detective drama.

The cast, who return to filming in January next year, have sort of become a family Graves agrees saying, “We’ve all been there since the first pilot.”

While locations are on the whole kept quiet, some filming days can attract hoards of fans, particularly for Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

“Sends the boy giddy, I’m sure,” Graves says of his level of recognition, “I hope he’s enjoying it.”

A bumper ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video from Cumberbatch was recently released on the internet, which shows the actor joining in the support for Motor Neurone Disease charities. Graves says his multiple bucket drenching was “hilarious”.

“I thought he did fantastic.”

For the full interview, check out the video above. 


Pride is in cinemas from Friday September 12