Steven Moffat discusses ‘outstanding villain’ in ‘Sherlock’ series three

'The Killing' star Lars Mikkelsen will play detective's new nemesis Charles Augustus Magnussen

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has spoken about the show’s new villain for series three, Charles Augustus Magnussen, who will be played by The Killing actor Lars Mikkelsen.

Sherlock’s nemesis will be based on Charles Augustus Milverton, a character known as the “king of the blackmailers” from one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic short stories. Speaking to Digital Spy about Mikkelsen’s role, Moffat promised he would be an “outstanding villain” who would give viewers “proper chills”.

His writing partner Mark Gattiss revealed: “Lars is a stunning actor and the nicest man. He’s a delight to be around. He’s brought something really interesting and new to the show. We’ve talked about doing Charles Augustus Milverton for quite some time. He’s a proper big realised baddie. His original title was The Worst Man in London.”

Moffat then added: “He allowed us to move the character on. He’s now Danish. Like everything in Sherlock, we take the original and move it around slightly. I think he’s an outstanding villain. He will give you proper chills and make you shrivel at times.”

The BBC recently confirmed that the first episode of series three will be broadcast on New Year’s Day, with episode two following on January 5 and the final episode coming a week later on January 12.

The first episode of the run will be the Mark Gatiss-penned story ‘The Empty Hearse’, followed by Stephen Thompson’s ‘The Sign Of Three’ and then Steven Moffat’s finale episode ‘His Last Vow’. A plot synopsis for the first episode was recently released on the BFI website. Explaining where the story picks up after the end of series two, it teases: “Just one more miracle, Sherlock. Stop being dead. For Dr John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for’.

“Two years after the devastating events of ‘The Reichenbach Fall’, John appears to have got on with his life. New horizons and romance beckon. But, with London under threat of a devastating terrorist attack, Sherlock is about to take John at his word, staging his resurrection with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it, though, he’s in for a very big surprise…”