Sherlock Holmes
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Season(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller
First seen Pilot
Last seen Hurt Me, Hurt You
Episode count 120
Status Alive
Gender Male
Born c. 1976 (age 38-39)[1]
Occupation Consultant detective
Residence The Brownstone, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Parents Morland Holmes (father)

May Holmes (mother)

Sibling(s) Mycroft Holmes
Significant other(s) Irene Adler (ex-girlfriend)

Fiona Helbron (ex-girlfriend)

Nationality British

Sherlock Holmes is a consultant detective for the NYPD. His father hired Joan Watson to be his sober companion after he 'escaped' rehab.



At the age of eight, he was sent to boarding school by his father,[2] where he was often physically bullied for being different due to his intelligent mind.[3]

Sherlock was previously a consultant detective for Scotland Yard, which is where he met Captain Tommy Gregson. Although Sherlock mostly worked on homicides, and Gregson was there to observe counter-terrorism bureau, their paths still crossed.[4]

When Sherlock interrupted several of Moriarty's plans of assassinations in London, she seduced him into falling in love with her as so she could study him, knowing her only as Irene Adler. They dated for seven months until she staged her death, making Sherlock believe she had been murdered by someone named M.[5]

Prior to her supposed murder, his drug use had been recreational, and only did them when he was bored, or when he needed a boost during a challenging investigation. When Irene died, he lost control. He used various stimulants during the investigation of the identification of her killer. When the investigation trail went cold, and Sherlock couldn't find Irene's killer, he turned to opiates.[6] When he eventually hit bottom, Scotland Yard asked him to step aside. He then went into hiding, and moved to New York City.[7] One night, Sherlock showed up at the apartment of his friend Alistair in New York City, so high he could barely speak. Alistair got rid of his drugs, and looked after him for a day or so. Sherlock could barely stay conscious, and muttered Irene's name again and again.[8]

After several months,[9] his father found out about his drug problems, and forced him into rehabilitation.[7] On the day after he had checked into Hemdale, he got sick, and planned a way to leave the rehabilitation facility without anyone knowing. He relapsed, and after getting the drugs he needed, he returned back to Hemdale, with no one noticing he was gone.[10] He then spent six months at Hemdale getting clean, and spent nearly every group session in total silence.[11]

Season OneEdit

After breaking out of the drug rehabilitation center the day of his release, he moves into a brownstone owned by his father. He contacts an old associate from Scotland Yard, Captain Tommy Gregson of the New York Police Department, and gets a job as a consulting detective for the NYPD. His father hires Joan Watson to be his sober companion for six weeks, which he claims he has no need for and suggests she should take the six weeks as a holiday instead. After a fight, Joan says she'll request another sober companion for him, but she later decides to stay after all.[4]

When his father invites him and Joan out to dinner, Sherlock tells Joan that his father never shows. Joan decides to go anyway, and at the restaurant she meets a man posing as Sherlock's father. Joan believes it is Mr. Holmes at first, but when he starts asking strange questions, she knows something is up. The man turns out to be Sherlock's friend Alistair, a struggling actor, although he states Sherlock only hired him through his agent and that they've never met before. Joan later shows up at the bookstore Alistair works at, and asks him to tell her about Sherlock's past. She gets to know more about Sherlock's past with drugs, and about a woman named Irene. When she returns home, she asks Sherlock to tell her about the woman.[8] When Joan's time with Sherlock is almost up, he offers to train her as a consulting detective. Joan refuses and says she has already taken on another patient.[12]

When a serial killer from Sherlock's past starts killing in New York, he leaves a note in Sherlock's house, and is caught on tape by one of the security cameras Sherlock keeps in his house. Now that he finally knows the face of this murderer called M., he sets out to torture and murder him. Joan tries to stop him, but Sherlock reveals he is doing this out of revenge, as M. was the one who killed Irene.
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Sherlock planning to torture and murder M.

Sherlock seeks M. out and interrogates him at one of his father's empty properties. M., or Sebastian Moran as his real name is, tells him that he is not the one who killed Irene, as he was in prison at the time. Sebastian suggests that his employer Moriarty was the one who killed Irene. When Sherlock shows up at the police station with Sebastian, Joan sees Sherlock is in need of a friend, and asks his father if she can stay on a bit longer. His father refuses, but Joan stays on and lies to Sherlock when he asks if his father had renewed her contract.[6]

When Sherlock's ex-drug dealer Rhys comes to him for help on finding his kidnapped daughter, he also suggests Sherlock should start doing drugs again, claiming Sherlock was a better detective when he was doing drugs. Sherlock turns down the offer, and tells Rhys he never wants to see him again.[13]

Sherlock later reveals he has known Joan stayed on as his sober companion even though his father told her not to. He tells her he is grateful for staying when he needed it, but claims that after some time, she stayed for herself, and proposes again that she should stay on as his apprentice. And tells her to take some time to think on it. She later accepts, and Sherlock starts teaching her.[14]

On the anniversary of his first year of sobriety, he refuses to celebrate. He first claims it is pointless, as to him it doesn't celebrate a period of success, but rather the end of a period of great failure. He later reveals to Joan, that he can't celebrate his anniversary because he had used drugs the day after he had agreed to enter rehabilitation, therefore, his anniversary wasn't really his real anniversary, but the day after.[10]

Moriarty eventually contacts Sherlock disguised by a man's voice. She leads him to a house in Queens, where he finds her as Irene, alive.
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Sherlock opens up to Irene.

Appearing as if she has been held captive, she is checked-into a hospital, and eventually moves in with Sherlock under his care. When someone breaks into his house and leaves a flower at her bed, Sherlock takes her to a safe house and plans to elope with her. After Sherlock sees her naked back and sees one of her moles missing, he figures out that she has been faking her own death and reappearance, and suspects her of working for Moriarty. Later, when one of Moriarty's assassins attacks him, she comes to the rescue, and reveals herself to be Moriarty and how she tricked him back in London. She tells him to let her win, or she will hurt him. Sherlock fakes an overdose, and when Moriarty visits him in the hospital, he records their conversation, getting her confession to murder on tape.[5]

Sherlock also discovers a new species of bee which he names after Joan, Euglossa Watsonia.[5]

Season TwoEdit

Season ThreeEdit


Sherlock and WatsonEdit

  • (friends/business partners)

Sherlock and MoriartyEdit

  • (ex-lovers/nemesis)

Sherlock and MycroftEdit

  • (brothers)

Other RelationshipsEdit



Season one appearances
Pilot While You Were Sleeping Child Predator Rat Race
Lesser Evils Flight Risk One Way to Get Off The Long Fuse
You Do It to Yourself The Leviathan Dirty Laundry M.
The Red Team The Deductionist A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs Details
Possibility Two Déjà Vu All Over Again Snow Angels Dead Man's Switch
A Landmark Story Risk Management The Woman Heroine
Season two appearances
Step Nine Solve for X We Are Everyone Poison Pen
Ancient History An Unnatural Arrangement The Marchioness Blood Is Thicker
On the Line Tremors Internal Audit The Diabolical Kind
All in the Family Dead Clade Walking Corpse de Ballet The One Percent Solution
Ears to You The Hound Of Cancer Cells The Many Mouths of Aaron Colville No Lack of Void
The Man With the Twisted Lip Paint It Black Art in the Blood The Grand Experiment
Season three appearances
Enough Nemesis To Go Around The Five Orange Pipz Just a Regular Irregular Bella
Rip Off Terra Pericolosa The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction End of Watch
The Eternity Injection Seed Money The Illustrious Client The One That Got Away
Hemlock The Female of the Species When Your Number's Up For All You Know
T-Bone and the Iceman The View From Olympus One Watson, One Holmes A Stitch in Time
Under My Skin The Best Way Out Is Always Through Absconded A Controlled Descent
Season four appearances
The Past Is Parent Evidence of Things Not Seen Tag, You're Me All My Exes Live in Essex
The Games Underfoot The Cost of Doing Business Miss Taken A Burden of Blood
Murder Ex Machina Alma Matters Down Where the Dead Delight A View with a Room
A Study in Charlotte Who Is That Masked Man? Up to Heaven and Down to Hell Hounded
You've Got Me, Who's Got You? Ready or Not All In Art Imitates Art
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing Turn It Upside Down The Invisible Hand A Difference in Kind
Season five appearances
Folie a Deux Worth Several Cities Render, and Then Seize Her Henny Penny the Sky Is Falling
To Catch a Predator Predator Ill Tidings Bang Bang Shoot Chute How the Sausage Is Made
It Serves You Right to Suffer Pick Your Poison Be My Guest Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown
Over a Barrel Rekt in Real Life Wrong Side of the Road Fidelity
The Ballad of Lady Frances Dead Man's Tale High Heat The Art of Sleights and Deception
Fly Into a Rage, Make a Bad Landing Moving Targets Scrambled Hurt Me, Hurt You


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Family treeEdit

May Holmes
Morland Holmes
Mycroft Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

c. 1976


  • His hobby is beekeeping, single-stick, and odd scientific inquires. [4][15]
  • First line: Do you believe in love at first sight? I know what you're thinking. The world is a cynical place, and I must be a cynical man, thinking a woman like you would fall for a line like that. Thing is... it isn't a line, so please hear me when I say this. I have never loved anyone as I do you right now... in this moment.[4]
  • His phone, though it may look like an iPhone, is actually a product of an in world business.[4]
  • He can play the violin, although he stopped after Irene died. He can be heard playing at the end of the episode "While You Were Sleeping." The song was Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004 by Conrad von der Goltz.
  • Went to the opera Le Grand Macabre once when he was nine.[4]
  • He has a scar on his wrist, after falling from a fence when he was a boy. He later covered it up with a tattoo.[8]
  • He slept with his brother's fiancé Nigella Mason to prove that she's with him for money, and not pure love.
  • He became a Sponsor to a guy named Randy.
  • Sherlock is ambidextrous.

See alsoEdit

Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes on Wikipedia, which Elementary's Sherlock Holmes is based on.


  1. Sherlock mentioned in Poison Pen that he was 15 years old when he started writing to Anne Barker. He later says he has known the truth about her being the killer for 22 years.
  2. "Child Predator," aired October 18, 2012. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 3. CBS. Directed by Rod Holcomb, written by Peter Blake.
  3. "Poison Pen," aired October 17, 2013. Elementary, Season 2, Episode 4. CBS. Directed by Andrew Bernstein, written by Liz Friedman.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Pilot," aired September 27, 2012. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 1. CBS. Directed by Michael Cuesta, written by Robert Doherty.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Heroine," aired May 16, 2013. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 24. CBS. Directed by John Polson, written by Craig Sweeny and Robert Doherty.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "M.," aired January 10, 2013. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 12. CBS. Directed by John Polson, written by Robert Doherty.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The Woman," aired May 16, 2013. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 23. CBS. Directed by Seith Mann, written by Robert Doherty and Craig Sweeny.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Flight Risk," aired November 8, 2012. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 6. CBS. Directed by David Platt, written by Corinne Brinkerhoff.
  9. Elementary Writers (@ELEMENTARYStaff). "Several months." January 11, 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Dead Man's Switch," aired April 25, 2013. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 20. CBS. Directed by Larry Teng, story by Christopher Silber, teleplay by Liz Friedman and Christopher Silber.
  11. "One Way to Get Off," aired November 15, 2012. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 7. CBS. Directed by Seith Mann, written by Christopher Silber.
  12. "Dirty Laundry," aired January 3, 2013. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 11. CBS. Directed by John David Coles, written by Liz Friedman & Christopher Silber.
  13. "A Giant Gun, Filled with Drugs," aired February 7, 2013. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 15. CBS. Directed by Guy Ferland, story by Christopher Silber and teleplay by Corinne Brinkerhoff & Liz Friedman.
  14. "Details," aired February 14, 2013. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 16. CBS. Directed by Sanaa Hamri, story by Robert Doherty and teleplay by Jeffrey Paul King & Jason Tracey.
  15. "Possibility Two," aired February 21, 2013. Elementary, Season 1, Episode 17. CBS. Directed by Seith Mann, written by Mark Goffman.

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