‘Sherlock’ femme fatale set to flirt with comedy

Sherlock star Yasmine Akram is set to play another femme fatale in a new comedy sitcom.

‘Sherlock’ femme fatale set to flirt with comedy

It is a role she perfected most memorably when she shared a kiss with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock in the hit BBC1 drama.

She made a huge splash in Britain with her starring role as the flirtatious bridesmaid who became engaged to Cumberbatch’s much-loved detective, in an episode watched by an audience of almost nine million.

The Irish-Pakistani actress has since been cast as a man-eating Dublin shop assistant in Sky’s hit show, Stella, along with playing a glamorous murder suspect in RTÉ’s recent homegrown comedy series, The Centre.

Now she is playing the seductress again in the new crime comedy series, Undercover, which centres on an undercover policeman infiltrating a ruthless Armenian crime family.

The six-part series — which is an original sitcom from the channel, Dave — sees the Drogheda native playing the alluring daughter of the gangster family in the comedy.

She tweeted about her delight at her latest role yesterday: “Well I’m excited! (and in the end isn’t that all that matters really?)”

Actor Daniel Rigby is cast in the leading role as Chris, a neurotic, over-analytical policeman who is desperate for a family of his own, and finally finds one in the form of psychotic Armenians, the Sarkissians, who he is ordered to infiltrate as part of his job.

The channel explains: “On the basis of his ethnicity (he’s an eighth Greek), the former traffic cop has been chosen to infiltrate Armenian crime family, the Sarkissians.

“Things are made even more complicated by the fact that Chris is attracted to two women at the same time — Zoe, his ambitious and driven police handler and Lara, the femme fatale of the crime family — which means he spends every waking moment either falling in love or fearing for his life.”

The sitcom, which will air on Dave in 2015, was shot on location in Newcastle.

Executive producer, Henry Normal said: “It’s sort of Donnie Brasco as a comedy. Full of tension and jeopardy. I can’t wait to see it on Dave.”

Akram, who was born in the United Arab Emirates, is fast becoming Ireland’s best-known actress across the water.

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