As Sherlock Series 4 premieres today, we’re keeping an eye out for possible newcomer Sacha Dhawan
Toby Jones isn't the only new face on Sherlock's new season. Joining the A-list cast which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, Rupert Graves and Louise Brealey, Jones will play the villainous Culverton Smith. But a less familiar face has caught our eye, and it's one that has emerged from the rumour mill: Sacha Dhawan. The British-Asian actor is said to be an addition to the hotly-anticipated Series 4 of Sherlock, reportedly playing a character named AJ.
While BBC hasn't confirmed this, Dhawan's arrival is an exciting one — a progressive nod to the future of Asian roles on television. A former child actor, the 32-year-old is already familiar with the work of Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. In 2013, the actor played Doctor Who's original director Waris Hussein in An Adventure in Space and Time, a show written by Gatiss and produced by Moffat. His second work for Gatiss was in the television movie The Tractate Middoth, the Gatiss' adaptation of MR James' Christmas ghost story.
Besides his work at home, you might remember Dhawan from his role as Manmeet in NBC's Outsourced, an American sitcom set in a call centre in Mumbai. Keep a lookout for Dhawan's appearance in Sherlock's first two episodes titled The Six Thatchers' and The Lying Detective. You might just catch a glimpse of him — or you'd just have to wait a while longer.
Sherlock Series 4 will be available on BBC Player from 2 January on BBC First (StarHub Channel 522). For last week's #ManCrushMonday, click here.