Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
Despite a packed schedule, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman found time to make a fourth season of Sherlock, the acclaimed series that sets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective in modern London. The series has been beloved by critics and fans alike, winning nine Primetime Emmy Awards and eight BAFTA TV Awards since debuting in 2010. Created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, the show has a unique format (at least when compared to American shows) because each season is only made up of three to four episodes. However, each episode is like a movie, running 90 minutes.
As their fame has grown, it has been more difficult for Cumberbatch and Freeman to commit to full seasons of the show. Season three's last episode, "His Last Vow," aired in February 2014. Between that episode and the season four premiere, the only episode to air was the excellent Christmas special, "The Abominable Bride," which aired on January 1, 2016.
Cumberbatch had made films and television shows before Sherlock
, but the series is responsible for turning him into an international star. He's earned four Emmy nominations for playing a modern Sherlock and won once, for "His Last Vow." He earned an Oscar nomination for The Imitation Game
and starred in Doctor Strange
in 2016. The above photo shows Cumberbatch with his wife, Sophie Hunter, who he married in 2015. They have a son and are expecting a second child.
to meet the rest of Sherlock
's cast. The first episode of Season 4, "The Six Thatchers," airs on PBS
at 9 p.m. ET
on January 1