Martin Freeman on Sherlock: “My door would always be open”

Despite starring in many great TV shows and movies over the last few decades, there is one show that Martin Freeman gets asked about on chat shows more than any other, and that’s Sherlock.

After making his name as Tim Canterbury on The Office in the UK between 2001 and 2003, Freeman’s career took off big time, as he took major roles in films from Love Actually to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – but it was in 2010 that he moved into a different gear in the world of fandom when he stepped into the shoes of John Watson opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s modern day imagining of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories.

Sherlock ran between 2010 and 2017 and has so far consisted of 13 episodes across four seasons. But for the five years since the last part of the show aired, the same question has been asked of its creators and of anyone who has ever been in the show… will there be any more?

“I’m not sure. That’s never a completely shut door,” answered Freeman when asked the question by Jonathan Ross on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show.

He added: “Personally, I’m a fan of things being finite. I like – I like things ending. I think it’s natural for things to end.”

However, just when it sounded bleak for the show’s chances to return, the actor added a little glimmer of hop to the conversation…

“But I’m also a sucker for a good idea and a good script. And if something comes up that persuades us all, ’cause it would have to be us all – erm, my door would always be open”

So, it sounds like there could be more Sherlock, one day. But with Cumberbatch and Freeman in demand in movie and television roles and the co-creators working on numerous other projects, there may be a wait to see what happens next at 221B Baker Street.