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'Elementary' adds 'Game of Thrones' actress for important role

Natalie Dormer

Elementary fans are finally going to be introduced to one of the most important women in Sherlock Holmes life. Game of Thrones and The Tudors actress Natalie Dormer has been cast to play Holmes former lover, Irene Adler, in a three-episode arc starting on May 9th. As was mentioned in previous episodes of Elementary, Irene Adler lost her life at the hands of Moriarty.

Elementary executive producer and creator Rob Doherty is excited to have Dormer on board for the role of Irene. “We’re moving to the next chapter in our show — and in some ways, to a previous chapter in Holmes’ story,” Doherty said in a statement. “Irene Adler is perhaps the most pivotal relationship in Sherlock’s life, and I can’t think of an actress better suited to the challenge than Natalie.”

Irene played a pivotal role in Sherlock Holmes’ (Jonny Lee Miller) life, before her mysterious murder at the hands of Sherlock’s nemesis Moriarty.  Irene was Sherlock’s first, and only, love in London. It was the death of Irene that sent Sherlock into a downward spiral and led to his drug addiction.

“She’s an important element to Sherlock’s backstory. I’d love to have a face to that name,” Doherty told reporters during the winter press tour in January. “She's got to be unique. You will see a living, breathing actress reading lines and portraying Irene.”

Dormer has been keeping busy, starring on the massively popular HBO series Game of Thrones as Margaery Tyrell. Do you think she will breathe life into Irene Adler on Elementary?

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Written by: harrisr
Apr 10th, 2013, 3:24 am


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Message Posted On Apr 10th, 2013, 9:40 am

I was very surprised by how much I enjoy Elementary. It has become one of my favorite shows this season. But I'm perfectly content to know about Irene Adler through anectodes only. I could be just as content the rest of my life without ever seeing the show's version of Irene Adler portrayed on screen.

Nothing against Natalie Dormer but, frankly, I don't have any desire to see flashbacks involving this mythology's version of the character, especially since she's long-gone. I fear this will prove to be unnecessary time on the show that could be better spent in the present. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I'm simply not interested in finding out. Oh, well.



Message Posted On Apr 10th, 2013, 6:17 am
Q: Do you think she will breathe life into Irene Adler on Elementary? A: NO!

Message Posted On Apr 10th, 2013, 5:26 am
Depends on how they write her character. Whilst i'm a massive fan of Game of Thrones i feel the Margaery role isn't as suited to her as others she's done in the past such as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors. They need to let her run with her 'cheekiness' for want of a better word.
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