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- Dyeing for Your Art: Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Gatiss dye their hair black for their roles as Sherlock and Mycroft. They're both naturally ginger.
- In preparation for the first season, Cumberbatch lost some weight to reflect Sherlock's tendency to not eat while working. In the second season, he gained the weight back - after all, Sherlock now shares an apartment with a physician.
- Fan Community Nickname:
- Fan Nickname: "Mocklock" has been used in a few comment threads for those that believe that the ambassador's children were kidnapped by someone disguised as Sherlock Holmes, which caused the little girl to freak out when she saw the real Sherlock. Also used to refer to the theory that the dead Sherlock at the end of the episode was a body double, possibly the same body that kidnapped the children.
- Since the two producers work so closely together on this, their names have slowly condensed from "Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss" to "Moffat and Gatiss" to "Moffat-Gatiss" to finally colliding into "Mofftiss."
- Hey, It's That Guy!:
- Tim from The Office is Doctor Watson. Others may note that the good doctor still hasn't learned to remember his towel. But he has managed to keep his clothes on. Pity. Though he knows a bit more about Rembrandt than the average man. And that he's not here to treat anyone for Dave's symdrome.
- Mrs. Hudson is Aunt Sally.
- One of the detectives was in Waterloo Road as a fairly pathetic teacher.
- From the second episode: Hey, it's Eugene Jones, Emma Messinger and Marianne Swift.
- Emma's actress was, in real life, Benedict Cumberbatch's long-time romantic partner. Puts an interesting spin on Sherlock interrogating Amanda (the murder victim's mistress in episode 2) about her relationship.
- ...and Connie Prince is The Piss Woman!
- Sharp-eyed Doctor Who fans may recognize Sally Donovan as that doctor who got immolated five minutes into an episode and Soo Lin (Gemma Chan) as Mia Bennett from "The Waters of Mars".
- The police officer Sherlock lectures via laptop is Danny Webb, aka Mister Jefferson from "The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit".
- Also from Doctor Who: Claudie Bruhl is Sydney Wade, aka the little girl in the spacesuit. Which is worse, being kidnapped by the Silence or Moriarty?
- Rupert Graves, the actor who plays Lestrade, was on Spooks as a fascist British politician. Faintly unsettling.
- And writer Mark Gatiss plays Mycroft. In addition to his writing duties, he also appeared in Doctor Who as Professor Lazarus.
- He's also one third of the population of Royston Vasey
- Anderson briefly appears in Merlin as the apparent leader of Merlin's home village. And in Hornblower fandom he's known as the Rhumb Line Guy.
- Enthusiastic BBC followers may also recognise the master-criminal Jones from My Life in Film.
- A blink-and-you'll-miss-it one, but Band of Brothers fangirls might recognize Jim Moriarty as Pvt. "Cowboy" from the second episode, who eventually snaps at Guarnere to "shut [his] fuckin' guinea trap."
- Isabella of Gisborne (or alternatively, Claudine Crane) has been cast as Irene Adler. Don't worry fandom, this is a very, very good thing.
- Alison is back as Watson's badass love interest.
- George is ironically being chased by a giant hound, at night. Allons-y Alonso!
- The Hounds of Baskerville contained not one, but two Little Johns. One is the gay owner of a B'n'B, and the other is an evil scientist.
- The news presenter in the story about Baskerville has pulled double Doctor duty as the insect scientist Chantho in "Utopia" and the fortune teller in "Turn Left."
- Jen shows up as another supposedly ditzy redhead as Kitty Reilly.
- Benedict Cumberbatch previously appeared in Fortysomething playing the son of another actor known for his Sherlock Holmes Expy.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Peter Davison as the planetarium announcer in "The Great Game".
- Lying Creator: Oh yes. Par for the course for Steven Moffat.
- Oh Crap There Are Fanfics of Us: Inverted. Back in July 2011, it was made clear to the Sherlock fandom--especially to the fans on Tumblr--that some of, if not the entire, cast knew about the porn that was being made by said fans. (Needless to say, this caused a panic.)
- What Could Have Been
- Matt Smith auditioned to play John, but was turned down for being more of a Sherlock.
- When comparing the characterization of Sherlock in the unaired pilot and the canon, Sherlock comes across as far more sympathetic in the pilot. Considering the actions Sherlock is capable and willing to do in the series, this could ironically enough be a way of making him less creepy.
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