Royce Pierreson wanted to play Dr. Watson so bad he threw up from nerves at audition: ‘I was weirdly certain this role was mine’

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have been brought to the big screen a number of times in recent years, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr among those bringing the literary legends to life.

Now, the super sleuths are getting a supernatural series makeover with TV drama The Irregulars on Netflix.

Actor Royce Pierreson wanted to play the character of Watson so badly, he tells 9Honey Celebrity he threw up at the audition from nerves.

“I’ve always wanted to play Watson but I never expected to get the opportunity to play Watson, I’ll be honest,” he says.

“I was weirdly certain this was mine — it was one of those where everything just lined up and thought, ‘I know exactly how I’m going to play it, I know exactly what I want his voice to be, how I want him to stand’, it all just formed in my head.

“So when I went for the audition… any actor knows, there comes a point where you’re learning the lines or prepping your lines or on your way to the audition and the nerves hit you in a way that you think, ‘Why am I doing this?! Let me go, there’s no point in this. I’m too nervous, it’s too much.’ And it didn’t hit me.

“I got there early and they came down and said, ‘We’re running five minutes late.’ I was like, ‘It’s fine, take your time, don’t worry about it.’ And I went upstairs and I was waiting in the waiting room, I look round the corner and I see them all there and I just throw up in the corridor because it hits me there.

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“I have about a minute to scramble, clear it up and they’re like, ‘Royce, you ready to come in?’ and I was like ‘Yeah, now I’m cool’ and everything just went and I went in and it just felt like it was mine.

“So, it was a weird, weird process I’ve never had before… and I don’t want it again,” he laughs.

Starring opposite Pierreson as Sherlock Holmes is Killing Eve actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes as they seek out help from teenagers to solve some paranormal crimes in Victorian-era London.

Thaddea Graham plays one of the smart, witty teens helping Holmes and Watson and like for Pierreson, it’s a dream role.

Playing such a strong and powerful female character in Bea adds a bit of pressure, Graham admits to 9Honey Celebrity.

“I think it was a pressure I was putting on myself, as we all do,” she explains.

“It was a real honour to be given such a character, with so many different parts of her to play — I think Bea is such a dream role.

“And to play such a confident, self-assured person was just a real gift to be given.”

Sex Education star Jojo Macari also felt some nerves but tells 9Honey Celebrity it was because he was scared what “the Sherlock purists” would make of the new series.

“I’m looking at Sherlock Holmes and the story we all know and love [but this is] through the eyes of these kids, who’ve grown up and had a really, really tough upbringing on the streets of Victorian London and the world for them is very different, so I think a story told through their eyes should be very different,” Macari says.

And for those “purists” who are put off by the “fresh” twist they’ve put on the series, the actor has this message: “You don’t want to just see the same Sherlock Holmes again, that’s boring [and if you do] watch the old one!”

The Irregulars is streaming now on Netflix.

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