The character being played by Toby Jones (Dad’s Army, The Girl) in the new season of Sherlock has been revealed.
It was announced last month that Jones would guest star in Season 4’s second episode, directed by Nick Hurran, who previously helmed Season 3’s finale, ‘His Last Vow’ and Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special.
Jones said he was “excited and intrigued by the character,” while Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat teased that he would be “bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains.”
The episode began filming in Cardiff on Monday 16 May.
The 49-year-old British actor’s online CV has now been updated to confirm that he will be playing Culverton Smith in the episode.
The character originally appeared in ‘The Adventure of the Dying Detective’, a short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1913.
Culverton Smith was one of our 5 predictions for who Jones could be playing.
We wrote last month: “What a crafty bastard Culverton Smith, who appeared in ‘The Dying Detective’, is. Described as ‘small, frail, twisted’, but with ‘a double chin…high bald head…and menacing grey eyes’ he sounds like the sort of character that Jones – who trained in physical theatre at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq – could play very well (along with plenty of well-applied make-up, of course!).
“Culverton’s a slimy amateur with enough knowledge of deadly tropical diseases to use one to kill his nephew. He later attempts to kill Holmes with an infected spring-loaded device concealed in an ivory box. Holmes feigns illness in a bit to lure a confession from the murderer, resulting in a great exchange between the two.
“No doubt Sherlock would change it, but seeing Cumberbatch and Jones perform it straight off the page would be instant classic TV.”
Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss previously commented: “I know Toby will embrace the part with true relish!”
The fourth season of Sherlock is expected to air on BBC One in early 2017.
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