Rhys Ifans joins Elementary season 2

News Louisa Mellor
27 Jun 2013 - 07:49

The role of Mycroft Holmes in Elementary has gone to Mr Nice and The Amazing Spider-Man actor, Rhys Ifans...

Elementary, it has to be said, was the surprise of last autumn's new additions to the TV schedule. Far from the car crash Sherlock imitation many were expecting, it started well-enough and steadily grew into a show with wit, intrigue, and at the heart of it, a consistently strong performance from Jonny Lee Miller that elevated it above your standard police procedurals. You can read more on how it silenced the critics, here.

Elementary's taste in British supporting actors, has so far been second to none (okay, well, second to Game of Thrones, but that's a given). First there was a brief appearance from Roger Rees, then John Hannah showed up, and Natalie Dormer arrived to close the first season. Even Vinnie Jones brought a certain something to his recurring role as an Arsenal-loving psychopath. Now it's announced that Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is joining Miller for season two, in the role of Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother.

Ifans, Miller, and Lucy Liu are to film the season two opener, due to air on NBC on Thursday the 26th of September, on location in London. Sherlock is called back home to revisit an old case, and forced to stay with his brother, with whom he had fallen out years before. Oh, and Mycroft Holmes' address? 221B Baker Street...

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