Toby Jones to play classic villain in ‘Sherlock’ series four

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman started shooting the new series today (May 16)

Toby Jones has joined the cast of Sherlock for series four.

The show’s co-creator Steven Moffat said Jones will be playing “one of [Sir Arthur Conan] Doyle’s finest villains” in episode two of the show’s new three-part series.

The actor, known for film and TV appearances in Agent Carter, The Girl and Dad’s Army, added intriguingly: “I’m excited and intrigued by the character I shall be playing in Sherlock…”

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have started shooting the new series of Sherlock today (May 16), the BBC also confirmed.

The BBC previously revealed that series four will begin with Cumberbatch’s title character “back once more on British soil as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time”.

Cumberbatch and Freeman returned in a one-off special, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, on New Year’s Day this year. The special attracted an audience of 11.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched programme of the 2015-16 festive season.

The show’s last series, which also consisted of three episodes, aired in 2014. Cumberbatch and Freeman first played Doyle’s iconic characters in 2010 and each actor has won an Emmy for his performance.