19 March,2015:Â â€œSherlockâ€ co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss has revealed that his version of Mycroft is inspired by Labour politician Peter Mandelson.
Incidentally, the 48-year-old actor is now about to play Mandelson himself in Channel 4â€™s new drama â€œCoalitionâ€, reported Digital Spy.
â€œI based Mycroft on Peter Mandelson. It was explicit even before I was going to play him,â€ Gatiss told Radio Times.
â€œSteven Moffat and I talked about how Mandelsonian Mycroft wasâ€¦ Conan Doyle says Mycroft is the British government. Heâ€™s the power behind the throne.
â€œBoth Mandelson and Mycroft are the sort of people who, I think, would sit out a world war,â€ he added. â€œThereâ€™s a longer game to be playedâ€¦â€
â€œCoalitionâ€ charts Nick Cleggâ€™s rise in popularity ahead of the 2010 general election and the subsequent forming of a coalition government by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
Gatiss recently described the story of the drama as having a â€œclassical dimensionâ€.
â€œItâ€™s the same story throughout history â€“ itâ€™s the struggle for the crown. You can change the clothes â€“ and people donâ€™t get killed as often â€“ but itâ€™s the same thing,â€ he said.
â€œCoalitionâ€ also stars Mark Dexter as David Cameron, Ian Grieve as Gordon Brown and Bertie Carvel as Clegg.
Source:The Indian Express