Sherlock Holmes star Henry Lloyd-Hughes admits he was ‘intimidated’ on The Irregulars set

The Irregulars trailer released by Netflix

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The Irregulars was released earlier this month on Netflix, telling a very different tale of the Sherlock and Watson story. This time around, the focus is much more on a group of teenagers who assist Watson in trying to stop a supernatural phenomenon from destroying the world. For half of the drama, Sherlock Holmes (played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes) wasn’t even in the adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Irregulars.

In the first few episodes, Sherlock is mentioned in passing by his former partner Dr John Watson (Royce Pierreson).

However, the man himself doesn’t appear until a lot later in the show, presenting an air of mystery around him as fans wonder where he has been all of this time.

But when he does emerge, Sherlock causes more problems rather than solving them, leaving it up to the gang to try and figure out what to do next.

The fact actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes came in so late into the show though played a big part in how he felt when he actually got on set.

Why did Sherlock star feel ‘intimidated’ on The Irregulars set? 

Speaking about his experience to press including, Lloyd-Hughes explained: “Like reading the scripts cold,

I encountered the character of Watson first because as you read it, Sherlock was only alluded to, to begin with.

“So I was already getting an idea of where Royce [Pierreson] might position it.

“I don’t appear until episode four/five and very momentarily in four.

“So I first saw everyone at the read-through and they had already been filming episodes.”

Lloyd-Hughes continued: “In a weird way, I saw everyone fully formed and talk about intimidating, I felt like it was first day at school vibes.

“And everyone has been doing scenes together, Jojo [Macari] and Mckell [David] look like they were improvising everything but in fact they were just reading their lines.

“It just felt like this fully formed thing and Royce absolute cool as ice and I was like ‘Yes! This is how he is doing it! OK quickly, I need to act like I know what I’m doing!

“‘Right, 15 years, here I am, how am I going to change my voice?’

“So I think that’s a long-winded way of saying I was busking it.”

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While the former Killing Eve star didn’t show up until halfway through The Irregulars, he ended the series with a bang.

As Bea (Thaddea Graham) and Jessie’s (Darci Shaw) mum Alice (Eileen O’Higgins) went back through the Rip after she attempted to destroy Earth via this other dimension, Sherlock didn’t want her to go.

She had been his partner 15 years prior and didn’t want Alice to leave him again so in an unexpected moment, he jumped into the Rip after her.

The series left it unclear if the team will try to get Sherlock back from the other side or if he will be stuck there for good.

The drama isn’t done yet though as The Irregulars will be making a comeback.

Ahead of series one coming out, Netflix announced that the show would be getting a second season.

Filming for these new episodes is expected to start in the summer so series two could potentially be released in early 2022.

The Irregulars is available to watch on Netflix.

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