Partners in crime: Sherlock star Martin Freeman meets our Shear-lock Holmes sculpture in Covent Garden!

The game was most certainly afoot at our Great Sheep Round Up Exhibition in Covent Garden this Friday, when Sherlock star Martin Freeman paid a visit to our Shear-lock Holmes sculpture!

Martin stars as Dr. John Watson, Sherlock Holmes’s loyal friend and ally, in multi-award-winning BBC series Sherlock, which updates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic characters to the present day and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. Martin is also famous worldwide for playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit series of films.

With a history of helping out the greatest detective in the world, Martin looked right at home standing next to our very own Shear-lock Holmes, who like his namesake is capable of solving any mystery using his powers of deduction! The sculpture was painted by artist Laura Cramer, who took inspiration from both Conan Doyle’s books and different screen versions of Sherlock, past and present. Laura’s design dresses Shaun as a Victorian dapper gentleman in a deerstalker hat and tweed suit, and is full of iconic references including the Hound of the Baskervilles and Holmes’s violin, and quotes such as ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’. Fans of the BBC series can also spot the wallpaper from Sherlock and John’s living room, complete with smiley yellow face, the door sign from 221B Baker Street, and the passcode from Irene Adler’s mobile phone, appropriately altered to ‘I am Shaun-locked’.

Shear-lock Holmes can be found hunting for clues at the Great Sheep Round Up Exhibition in Covent Garden until Sunday 27th September. He will then be auctioned with the rest of our Shaun in the City sculptures in October, with funds raised supporting sick children in hospitals across the UK.