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Lars Mikkelsen to play Sherlock villain

Lars Mikkelsen

Story by Jack Foley

DANISH actor Lars Mikkelsen is set to play a villain in the third series of BBC1’s Sherlock, it has been confirmed.

The actor, best known for playing mayoral candidate Troels Hartmann in hit Danish drama The Killing, will star as Charles Augustus Magnussen, a blackmailer who extorts money from wealthy nobles.

The character appears in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton.

The casting news was announced by Sherlock producer Sue Vertue via Twitter on Monday (July 29, 2013).

Mikkelsen, 49, also starred in the hit Danish show Borgen.

His brother, Mads, is also an actor and perhaps the better known internationally of the two, having starred opposite Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and is currently on TV screens in Hannibal.

Lars will line up alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous detective and Martin Freeman as his sidekick Watson.

A transmission date for the third series has yet to be announced.

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