Written by Dan Malone on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Before accepting the role of Sherlock Holmes in CBS’ new show “Elementary,” Jonny Lee Miller first got the blessing of friend Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch has been playing the role on the BBC show “Sherlock” since 2010.

Miller says he is a fan of Cumberbatch’s work on the British show, but says his portrayal will be his own.

“I love the work that Benedict has done with Sherlock,” Miller said. “So I would call him up like a groupie after every episode came out and want to talk to him about it. And we had a discussion about this project as well. It was a private discussion. Benedict has been very, very supportive, and, you know, I wanted to reassure him about how different this script was and project was. All of the other differences will kind of be apparent. That’s another country and a whole lot of vibe.”

Miller is completely aware of the Arthur Conan Doyle character’s history and has been researching the role. “Playing Sherlock is not like a boyhood thing for me. I have discovered this character myself by reading… I’ve almost finished all of the literature. I haven’t quite finished it all yet, but for me to discover that has been a real wonderful thing and to have that vast reservoir of information and research available to you – by just a terrific writer. But it’s a challenge, you know?”

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