Lara Pulver was asked to join Benedict Cumberbatch’s new drama

The former Sherlock actress has revealed she considered appearing in Cumberbatch's upcoming Sky Atlantic series Patrick Melrose

Programme Name: The City and the City  - TX: 06/04/2018 - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows:  Katrynia (LARA PULVER) - (C) Mammoth Screen - Photographer: Des Willie

Lara Pulver has revealed that she nearly reunited with Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch on new Sky Atlantic drama Patrick Melrose.

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The actress, who played Irene Adler in the BBC’s modern reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries, said in a recent interview that the drama’s director, Edward Berger, had got in touch with her about playing Cumberbatch’s wife, but the two eventually agreed it wouldn’t work, citing their on-screen history as the reason.

“Well, the director of Ben’s [Cumberbatch] Patrick Melrose project did call to ask about me playing his wife, but we both decided it wouldn’t work,” she told The Telegraph. “When you’ve already been seen in a relationship together on such a large scale…”

She also had some bad news for Irene Adler fans, ruling out a return to Sherlock.

“She’s not in any more of the books, and how could you top that episode [series two opener A Scandal in Belgravia] anyway?” she added.

“The nude thing was what grabbed headlines, when it was such a well-crafted episode, such a brilliant piece of writing and she was such a great character. And I’m naive, but you see more of Ben’s butt than you do of me.”

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Pulver can currently be seen alongside David Morrissey in new BBC2 drama The City and The City, which begins on Friday at 9pm.