‘Doctor Who’ actor Matt Smith dismisses rumours linking him to ‘Sherlock’ appearance

Creator Stephen Moffat previously claimed he would not rule out casting actor in BBC1 series

Doctor Who actor Matt Smith has distanced himself from any future role in crime-drama Sherlock.

Rumours that Smith could play a part in a future series of the BBC1 programme began earlier this year after creator Stephen Moffat said he would not rule out a role for Smith, who auditioned for the role of John Watson prior to Martin Freeman landing the role.

Discussing the possibility of lining up alongside Benedict Cumberbatch on the popular show, Smith told an interviewer at the Wizard World Comic Con that he cannot see anything happening: “Listen, there’s no room for me on Sherlock!” he is quoted as saying.

“They’ve got Benedict and Martin, that’s quite enough peculiar Englishmen for that show. There’s no room for another.”

Earlier this year, Martin Freeman said the cast and crew of Sherlock are finding it difficult to find a time to shoot a fourth series.

Freeman admitted that he finds it’s becoming increasingly more problematic to get everyone involved with the making of the hit BBC One programme to record another series. “It’s very hard to get together,” he said. “But it’s one of those things where you have to at some point just go, ‘We’re going to do it now’ – otherwise we could be having this conversation in three years.”

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 Benedict Cumberbatch has roles in several high-profile films, including Star Trek Into Darkness.