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Natalie Dormer cast as Irene Adler in 'Sherlock'

Natalie Dormer finally gets to wear some contemporary costumes. The British actress, currently starring as Margaery Tyrell in HBO's "Game of Thrones" and probably most famous for playing Anne Boleyn in Showtime's "The Tudors," will guest star in the CBS drama "Elementary."

Dormer has signed on to play Irene Adler, the first and only love of Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller). Her murder by Moriarty (Vinnie Jones) caused Holmes' to spiral into drug addiction. Dormer's episodes will extend to the series' May 9 season finale, CBS said in a press release Wednesday.

"Irene Adler is perhaps the most pivotal relationship in Sherlock's life, and I can't think of an actress better suited to the challenge than Natalie," "Elementary" creator Rob Doherty said in the release.

Dormer's three-episode arc will begin a new direction for the show, he said, which will delve into the troubled sleuth's past. "Sherlock" is a modern-day take off on the characters made famous in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. This time, however, it's Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) who works with the consulting detective on the NYPD's most impossible cases.

Dormer can be seen in the upcoming films "The Counselor" and "Rush."

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