Helena Bonham Carter loved the idea for Enola Holmes: ‘It’s like a f*** you’ to Sherlock

New Netflix film stars Bonham Carter as an off-beat mother to the Holmes siblings

Annabel Nugent
Monday 28 September 2020 09:47 BST
Enola Holmes trailer

Helena Bonham Carter has said she loved the idea for Enola Holmes because the film’s concept is “like a f*** you” to Sherlock.

Rather than focus on the world-famous sleuth, the recently released Netflix movie tells the story of Sherlock’s younger sister, Enola.

Speaking to EW, Bonham Carter – who plays the offbeat mother of the Holmes siblings – revealed why she loved the idea of looking at “the unknown sister” instead.

She said: “I just loved the idea of it. It’s actually funny, because Sherlock himself is quite misogynistic, the original Sherlock. So it’s like a ‘f*** you’, but you can’t say ‘f*** you’ to Sherlock.”

Speaking about her role as Eudoria, who goes missing early on in the movie, the actor explained: “I sort of fell in love with the whole [thing] – not the part, because the part was barely there.

Netflix's 'Enola Holmes' stars Millie Bobby Brown as the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes
Netflix's 'Enola Holmes' stars Millie Bobby Brown as the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes (ROBERT VIGLASKI /LEGENDARY ©2020)

“It was like the smallest, greatest part I’ve been offered. Nicki, my agent, said: ‘You don’t want to do this.’ I said: ‘No, no, no, no, there’s actually so much to this woman, it’s just funny that you never see her.’”

Enola Holmes stars Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown in the titular role, with Henry Cavill assuming the part of the renowned detective.

Since its release, the movie has received largely positive reviews. You can read The Independent’s three-star review here

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