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June 18 2014

Sherlock's make-up secrets: Benedict Cumberbatch's green hair and Andrew Scott's guy-liner

Claire Pritchard-Jones reveals what goes on behind the scenes of the detective drama, from Martin Freeman's moustache hatred to parties in the make-up chair...

Sherlock's make-up secrets: benedict cumberbatch's green hair and andrew scott's guy-liner

Now this is a woman Sherlockians have every right to be envious of. Meet Claire Pritchard-Jones – the Sherlock make-up artist responsible for creating Benedict Cumberbatch's tousled curls and that moustache. 

She appeared with her husband Arwel Wyn Jones – who just happens to be Sherlock's production designer – at this week's Sherlock Holmes Convention in Vienna and revealed some precious secrets from the BBC1 drama. The Q&A is reported in full on somelikeitpink's tumblr but here are the highlights.

1. When Benedict Cumberbatch first did the pilot, his hair was dyed dark to resemble the famous Sherlock Holmes. What the make-up team didn't foresee were his bleached locks (he'd just played Van Gogh), which turned a lovely shade of green the day before filming began. Cue a last minute dash to the hairdressers.... 

2. Jim the IT guy had tinted eyelashes (according to Sherlock) but Jim Moriarty went one better. In addition to the slicked hair and pale pallor of Sherlock's arch-nemesis, the production team reached into their make-up bags to help Andrew Scott perfect Moriarty's "cold stare". What did they use? Guy-liner. 

3. The moustache. A point of contention, apparently, when Martin Freeman had to sport the facial accessory for the start of series three. According to Pritchard-Jones, they had to try over ten different versions before Martin finally agreed to one. He also shaved it off sooner than originally planned in the script. 

4. Rupert Graves flirts with Una Stubbs. (And she loves it!) 

5. The licking scene between Charles Augustus Magnussen (played by Lars Mikkelsen) and Lady Smallwood (Lindsay Duncan) in His Last Vow resulted in a few queasy stomachs amongst the crew but the make-up team were on hand with tons of mouth wash, mints and some face wipes for poor Lindsay. Apparently a few of the takes were much worse than the one they ended up using. 

6. Claire gets to hang out with Benedict Cumberbatch every morning. Sometimes he'll come in and have loads of lines to learn but then there are the days they turn the music up and have a party. A PARTY. 

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March 14 2014

Exclusive: Andrew Scott on Sherlock series 3: 'I got to take Moriarty to extremes'

Andrew Scott has discussed the role of Moriarty in Sherlock's third series finale.

In Steven Moffat's 'His Last Vow', a straitjacketed Moriarty appeared to a dying Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) in a padded room within his "mind palace".

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Moriarty appears in 'His Last Vow'

"That was a really interesting one," Scott told Digital Spy of the hallucinatory scene. "It was part of an extraordinary sequence that I thought was really beautifully directed, and read fantastically well on the page.

"It was a case of removing myself a little bit from Moriarty, because it was in Sherlock's mind palace. So it allowed me to go to real extremes with the character, to see what he would be like were he completely unleashed.

"I like being able to see Moriarty through Sherlock's eyes, it's such an interesting angle on the character. It's an insight into the mind of the hero, as much as anything, so it was good to be able to play a different note."

Scott went on to discuss the show's acknowledgement of its passionate online fan base, which notably inspired a fantasy sequence in which Sherlock and Moriarty kiss.

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Sherlock confronts Moriarty in 'The Reichenbach Fall'

"I like the fact that, in a playful way, the third series included [the fans]," Scott mused. "For the most part, they're very enthusiastic and respectful people, and the support has just been extraordinary."

Scott also confirmed that he knows the truth behind series three's climactic twist, in which Moriarty appears to announce his return from the grave via a video message broadcast across every screen in the UK.

"I do know the answer to that question, yes, and I'm not going to tell you!"

Moffat recently assured fans that the ending was not "a last-minute whim".

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Andrew Scott's new film The Stag is out in UK cinemas tomorrow (March 14). Watch a trailer below:

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