Casually Ran Into A Sherlock Filming (And Other Reasons Why I Love my Life in Wales)


Okay guys, so hold off. Living in the UK does not mean having tea with the queen at 4pm or just in general being posh. Life here is normal. Fun, yes. Full of special adventures if you take the time to look for them, yes. But still just normal, like life can be on any other part of this wonderful earth we live on. It is not a fairytale. That being said… the area where I live is used for filming both Dr. Who and Sherlock. So sometimes funny little things happen…

It is cool to think back to old episodes and think “hey, that is the optometry building!”. Or, “hey that museum is the one near my house!”. In fact, they often use my university’s buildings as film locations.


Last week I trotted up to an office in the student union to hand in a tax form. I was greeted by two huge security men standing in front of a hallway crowded with boxes, fancy looking cameras, and people with badges and headsets.

“Excuse me, is the JobShop still open?”

For an answer, the security man waved a ginormous hand towards a door on the opposite wall.

“Quiet for a take!” a small but muscular lady wearing a headset proclaimed. “Quiet for a take!”.

As I marched towards the JobShop, I noted one of my course mates sitting excitedly on the couch (hopping up and down just a little).

“Rosie!” I whispered.”What is going on?”

“They are filming Sherlock down there! I’ve been here two hours. We are hoping to see the actors when they get out on lunch break.”

I found myself a spot on the couch and pulled out some seminar reading. Although I’m not  a superfan of the show, I have some friends who would really really appreciate an autograph. I figured it was the least I could do. An actress sat down next to me and we had a nice chat. She was telling me how she really wanted to be a comedian, but this job paid the bills. She said she had just been chatting with Benedict Cumberbatch (said he was a nice guy) and that they were due for lunch break soon, so if I stuck around I might catch a glimpse of him.

Eventually, Martin Freeman came out. I realized I had nothing. Not a pen, not a piece of paper, not even a scrap of cardboard on which to ask for an autograph. Go me. So I did the next best thing… took a horribly blurry photo.
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Much later Cumberbatch (AKA Sherlock)  walked quickly past the small adoring group of students that had gathered to await him. I was standing back looking up towards the ceiling waiting for some super tall guy to march past in sunglasses. By the time I realized that he had come, he was already gone.

Seriously guys, he is probably my height at most. Perhaps even half an inch shorter than me. I looked it up later, the internet claims he is five eleven. And that is the tragic story of how I missed taking a picture of Sherlock Holmes because I was expecting him to be tall. 

Honestly, the best part was not seeing Freeman or Cumberbatch. The best part was chatting with the lesser known actress. She sat down next to me while I was studying and we had a nice conversation about females who want to make a living with creative projects.  Her story was inspiring and she was so very kind. She seemed to care about me and my story too. She encouraged me to keep writing my book.

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So you see guys, while my friends were sitting for hours waiting in reverence for an actor who ended up brushing them by without even a second glance, I got to have a meaningful conversation with a less famous actress who gave me good advice and inspired me to keep pursuing my dreams. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a moral for this story or a punch line. Just another funny part of life in Wales.


Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

17 thoughts on “Casually Ran Into A Sherlock Filming (And Other Reasons Why I Love my Life in Wales)”

  1. OMG THIS IS SO COOL. “And that is the tragic story of how I missed taking a picture of Sherlock Holmes because I was expecting him to be tall.” *wipes tears* XD despite the witty, wonderful way this post is written, IT IS DEEP. LIKE YES. It’s so cool that you go to chat with that actress and just keep it real! GAH. And also cool that you got to see the filming! ❤


  2. That is so funny and so great!!! Good to know, if I’m ever looking for Benedict Cumberbatch in a crowd. Don’t look for a super tall guy… XD That actress sounds really lovely! I think it would be fun to have minor roles in films because you’d get to act and work WITH the major stars, but not have to BE one. What a fun adventure though, maybe by the time they film season 5 I’ll be living my dream of being a professional writer living in the UK. 😛

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    1. Yes! I sure hope you are! And she was lovely, plus she mentioned that she talks to Cumberbatch all the time. It would be an incredible opportunity if you could land the job.


  3. THIS IS SO COOL!!!! I am a major huge fan of Sherlock and I gobbled this post up in like two bites :p do you know the name of the lesser known actress? I am so curious :p and are the pictures yours? #dying


  4. YOU WHAT? YOU SAW…. YOU WERE… AT FILMING??? OH MY GOODNESS. That is just amazing. mind=blown. I’m an enormous fan of the show and that would just be amazing!!!

    That’s great that you got to talk to the actress, it sounds like a pretty cool experience. It’s always nice to talk to other creative people.

    “And that is the tragic story of how I missed taking a picture of Sherlock Holmes because I was expecting him to be tall.” That sentence just made my day.

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  5. “She said she had just been chatting with Benedict Cumberbatch (said he was a nice guy)”. WHAT THE HECK.


    One of my friends once ran into Angelina Jolie when they filmed part of World War Z in Glasgow.


    I am in rampant disbelief that he’s only 5″11. That’s mad! He looks so much taller! A lot of famous actors are short, though. Apparently it makes them fit better in the frame of a shot. Strange but true.

    I am envious and amazed.


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