‘I’ll Always Do Sherlock’ Says Benedict Cumberbatch

The actor reaffirms his commitment to the Great Detective and confirms the start of filming for "Sherlock" season 3 in early 2013.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Among devoted fans of BBC's "Sherlock," the greatest fear is that stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will embrace their new-found fame and leave the acclaimed series behind. Those feelings of apprehension are understandable since Cumberbatch had already landed roles in War Horse and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy before being cast as the villain of the new Star Trek sequel in addition to joining Freeman on The Hobbit feature films.

However, during a new interview with TVLine, Cumberbatch reaffirmed his commitment to "Sherlock" and expressed his desire to continue playing Sherlock Holmes for decades to come.

"I’ll always do 'Sherlock,' said Cumberbatch. "It’s something I’m not going to give up on. I love it too much. It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding and such a lovely bunch of people who do it. We love our fans and we love what it’s created. It’s an incredible thing to be part of; it doesn’t happen that often. Don’t worry; it’s not going to disappear."

"There’s no reason for us to stop if it’s still being adored and we still enjoy doing it," continued Cumberbatch. "We only do three [episodes] at a time, so I think the normal fear of over-stretching the mark and just doing too many [doesn’t apply]. It’s good to leave people wanting more. I’d like to see [Sherlock] getting older. We’re starting quite young. It’s rare to see Holmes and Watson at the beginning of their relationship; we usually join them in their mid-to-late 40s or 50s. I’ve got a way to go. I mean, I’m only 35."

When asked when "Sherlock" season 3 would begin filming, Cumberbatch replied "January. That’s the plan."

Given that timeframe, "Sherlock" will likely return to BBC later in 2013, with a time frame for its PBS return a little harder to speculate about. But hopefully that will happen in 2013 as well.