David Thewlis as Sherlock Holmes {image via the CW}

The alternative network CW has ordered a new series called Sherlock & Daughter, focused on the world famous detective and a young American woman who may or may not be Holmes’ daughter. David Thewlis, best known to SciFi.Radio fans for playing Professor Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter movies will be Holmes, following in the footsteps of such actors as Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Gillette, Orson Wells, Roger Rees, Sir John Gielgud, Robert Downey, Jr., Frank Langella, and Leonard Nimoy. As of 2012, according to the Guiness Book of World Records, over 75 actors had played Sherlock Holmes in over 250 productions. Since Holmes first saw the light of day on the printed page in 1887, he has been brought to life on stage, on radio and television, and in movies.

Who’s Who in the Cast and Where Do We Know Them From?

Sherlock Holmes will be played by David Thewlis, he was werewolf Remus Lupin in five of the seven Harry Potter films, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011). He was Sir Patrick Morgan in Wonder Woman (2017). He will be Peylak in Avatar 3 (2025) and Avatar 4 (2029), currently in postproduction. He was King Einon in Dragonheart (1996). He played John Dee in the Netflix mini-series The Sandman.

Amelia, who might be Holmes’ daughter is portrayed by Blu Hunt, who played Danielle Moonstar (aka Mirage) in The New Mutants(2020). She was also Inadu/The Hollow in the CW supernatural show The Originals and spaceship engineer August Catawnee in the Netflix science fiction show Another Life.

Moriarty will be Dougray Scott. He was Prince Henry in Ever After (1998), Col. Jacob Kane in Batwoman, and Thomas Abigail in Fear the Walking Dead. He played Sean Ambrose in Mission Impossible II (2000).

There is no mention yet of Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes’ partner and best friend. Perhaps he got tired of the dangers of assisting Holmes in his investigations and has settled down to concentrate on his medical practice. Nor is there any mention of Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. Perhaps both characters will turn up later. Perhaps neither will be in Sherlock & Daughter. As the case Sherlock is investigating could risk the lives of his dearest friends, possibly Sherlock suggested Dr. and Mrs. Watson leave London and take a long overdue holiday until the threat is over.

What’s Up in this NEW Sherlock Show?

According to Lynette Rice at Deadline: “The mystery thriller puts Sherlock Holmes (Thewlis) out of his comfort zone, mysteriously unable to investigate a sinister case without risking the lives of his closest friends. Enter young American Amelia (Blu Hunt, The Originals). After her mother’s mysterious murder, she learns that her missing father might be the legendary detective. Despite wildly different backgrounds and attitudes, the pair must work together to solve a global conspiracy, crack her mother’s murder and find out for sure if she really is Sherlock’s daughter.”

James Duff, a producer on Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery will be executive producer of Sherlock & Daughter. He has mystery experience as creator/showrunner of The Closer and Major Crimes.

Micah Bailey of Screenrant.com accused Sherlock & Daughter of being a slap in the face to Enola Holmes, a Netflix show about Sherlock and his younger sister.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to Sherlock & Daughter? Can you judge it on its own merits without comparing it to Enola Holmes, Elementary, or the BBC’s Sherlock? We’ve seen Sherlock Holmes frozen and revived twice, (once in a live-action movie, The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1987) once in a cartoon Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century). We’ve seen him fight Dracula. We’ve seen him in New York city and Washington, DC. We’ve seen him investigate the Loch Ness Monster, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). I don’t remember ever seeing him as a father. How do you think he’ll handle it?


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.