Emma Thompson: I want to be the first female Sherlock Holmes

Emma Thompson says she'd relish the opportunity to play a character like Sherlock Holmes.
Emma Thompson says she'd relish the opportunity to play a character like Sherlock Holmes.

British actress Emma Thompson wants to become the first woman to play Sherlock Holmes.

Thompson is a big fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional sleuth, and she is convinced the part could be played by a female.

She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph: "I have always been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I would love to play a character like that, but that's a problem if you're a female. I'm always likely to be overlooked for not being male."

Thompson is adamant she would make a good Holmes, and hopes more women will be seen in leading roles in the future, adding: "Is the heroic role unisex? Or does it mean there is an area of life which remains unexplored, which contains stories which remain untold?

"I suspect that's the case and it will be very interesting as this generation gets into its stride to see what those stories turn out to be."

Actors who have recently played the detective include Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jonny Lee Miller, who starred opposite Lucy Liu as a female Dr Watson in US TV series Elementary.

- WENN

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