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Saturday 23 September 2017

Sherlock star 'happy to get nude'

THE actress who played a whip-wielding dominatrix in Sherlock has described her role in the BBC1 drama as "empowering" and said she chose to get "completely naked" to film the controversial scenes.

The BBC received more than 100 complaints about the racy footage of actress Lara Pulver, who played the character Irene Adler in the New Year's Day episode.

She appeared nude in front of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Martin Freeman (Dr John Watson) in the pre-watershed scenes, watched by more than 10m viewers.

Pulver told a UK magazine: "They give you a self-adhesive bra that sticks to you. And Louboutin shoes.

"Paul McGuigan (the director) very sweetly said to me, 'OK, the choice is we spend hours shooting it to avoid seeing straps or we take all that off and shoot it quickly.'

"I thought I couldn't put myself through being there all day, practically naked anyway, so I might as well get completely naked and get it done."

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