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Everything You Need To Know About ‘Enola Holmes’: Netflix’s 2020 Blockbuster

‘Enola Holmes’ is up and running on Netflix since September 23 and has created quite a buzz in such a short while. But there are a lot of questions, like why is ‘Enola Holmes’ being sued? Is there a connection with Phoebe Waller-Bridge? What’s the deal with Sherlock Holmes’ sister? Stick till the end to find out the answers to all these questions about the new Netflix buzz: ‘Enola Holmes’.

While searching for her missing mother, teenage Enola Holmes uses her sleuthing skills to outsmart big brother Sherlock Holmes and help a runaway Lord. With this being the basic gist, the 2020 Netflix crime thriller also brings back one of our most favorite characters: Sherlock Holmes. But this time it’s our Superman, Henry Cavill.

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Already streaming on Netflix, ‘Enola Holmes’ has caught the public attention mostly because of its plot and the cast. Everyone wants to know more about Enola, the wild, teenage girl who lived alone with her mother, Eudoria Holmes, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

The lead cast includes Enola Holmes, played by Millie Bobby Brown, the former ‘Stranger Things’ star, Henry Cavill playing her wise, old brother Sherlock, Sam Claflin playing Mycroft Holmes, and Louis Partridge playing the Lord.  

Directed by Harry Bradbeer, this movie also takes a very different take on Sherlock Holmes, different from what we have seen before. Both Millie and her sister Paige Brown also produced the film after they were intrigued by the original books from which the plot is derived.

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Fans are already in love with Enola, the fourteen-year-old feisty feminist who is always a step ahead than the famous detective: Sherlock Holmes.

Check out the trailer and then read on to uncover all your answers regarding this Netflix 2020 blockbuster.

Who Plays Sherlock Holmes?

This is not his movie. We know that. But the actor playing Sherlock Holmes has such great presence on screen that it brings back Sherlock in a totally different form in front of us. And this is done by none other than Superman Henry Cavill. As already mentioned, you must remember him from his iconic roles such as Napoleon Solo, Superman, The Witcher, and the famous mustache man from the Mission Impossible movie. So, if you want to know the other side of Sherlock, go ahead and take a look at the Henry-played Sherlock.

Who Plays Lord Tewkesbury?


This is another endearing character in ‘Enola Holmes’. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the finely dressed Viscount Tewkesbury, Marquess of Basilwether. The role is played by Loui Partridge, a 17-year-old British actor who has been seen in movies like Paddington 2. He is also expected to appear in ‘Lost Girls’ which will be a new take on the Peter Pan classic.

Starting from the back story of the Viscount, ‘Enola Holmes’ has given proper space to this new character and is a crucial element in the unfolding of the plot. You can also gush about some of the cutest moments of the runaway teens together.

Who Wrote ‘Enola Holmes’?

The character of Enola Holmes has been derived from Nancy Springer’s retake on the classics of Arthur Conan Doyle. The six books in Nancy’s Sherlock-related crime fiction series include a different take on the legendary detective. It also weaves the story of Sherlock’s childhood, his back story and his little sister Enola Holmes in its plot. All the six books delve into Enola Holmes’ mysteries. It is like a parallel series to the Victorian author, Conan Doyle’s series. The original Sherlock Holmes books don’t mention anything about Enola and have a different angle of presenting Sherlock Holmes.

Why Does Enola Holmes Talk To The Camera?

Enola Holmes

Enola is Alone spelled backward. This is not a spoiler. You had to know this in order to fall in love with the film. Her character has been sketched in such a manner that it makes perfect sense when she takes an aside and directly communicates to the audience by talking to the camera. Also, it’s fun.

Plus, this is where we’ve found the Fleabag or Phoebe Waller-Bridge connection. We’ve seen the exact representation of this style in another Netflix blockbuster: ‘Fleabag’. Both Fleabag and Enola constantly break the fourth wall and directly talk to the camera. Plus, the credits of ‘Enola Holmes’ also thanks Waller-Bridge.

Who Plays Enola’s Mother?

We find Helena Bonham Carter on screen playing Enola Holmes’ mother. This Academy Award winner star of Fight Club, The Crown and her gothic avatar as Bellatrix Lestrange is forever etched in our hearts. She plays the fierce and independent mother, totally different from her time and bringing up Enola single-handedly.

Who Plays Mycroft Holmes?

Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes

The handsome Sam Claflin known for his role as Oswald Mosley in ‘The Peaky Blinders’, Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games and so on comes as the eldest sibling of the Holmes family in the Netflix 2020 blockbuster.

‘Enola Holmes’ Feminist Themes

The movie presents a serious portrayal of feminist themes revolving around the crisis of women’s suffrage. The movie is set in the 1880s and sets the narrative around proto-feminists and women’s rights campaigners. We see that Enola’s mother is educated in The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill who fought for women’s rights during that period. Enola’s character is also set as a feisty figure defying the current societal norms.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Estate Sues Netflix

Even before the release of this film, Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate sued Enola Holmes’ producers, Netflix and Nancy Springer in June 2020. Majority of the Sherlock Holmes books are in the public domain. However, it is a later book that is causing a problem. This book deals with the emotional side of Sherlock Holmes and was published in 1927. The recent lawsuit claims that this film is an infringement on the copyright of that book which will only become public after 95 years of the date of publication.

Other Tidbits

If you’re wondering where you’ve seen Mr. Linthorn before, the answer’s Torchwood, The Dark Knight Rises and Pacific Rim. ‘Enola Holmes’ has been filmed at various locations across Britain like The Benthall Hall, West Horsley Place, Kidderminster and Arley railway stations. London locations involve the Treasury Building, Royal Naval College and so on.

Interested enough? If you haven’t already, watch ‘Enola Holmes’ streaming on Netflix now.

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