Martin Freeman says he wants to keep making ‘Sherlock’

Series three of the hit detective drama is expected to air on BBC1 later this year

Martin Freeman has revealed he is keen to make more episodes of Sherlock.

Freeman and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch are currently filming series three of the hit detective series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Three new 90-minute episodes are expected to air on BBC1 later this year.

Back in March, Cumberbatch appeared to let slip that the actors are already signed up for a fourth series, but Freeman has now insisted his co-star spoke prematurely, calling this comment “a Benedict Cumberbatch special”.

However, the actor also confirmed he wants to keep making Sherlock after series three is in the can. “I believe in doing things for as long as people love them, and all I can say is that I really love the show,” he told Empire. “I feel very loyal to it and I like doing it… for as long as they want to do it and as long as we all want to do it.”

Summarising his attitude towards Sherlock going forward, Freeman added: “I don’t know if I’ll be doing it at the age of 90 but for the foreseeable I’m a huge fan of the show.”

The first series of Sherlock aired in summer 2010, with a second run following in early 2012. Since then, the show’s stars have become increasingly in demand. Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, while Cumberbatch has roles in several upcoming films, including Star Trek Into Darkness and August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep.