British actor Martin Freeman has paid tribute to his Dr. Watson predecessor Edward Hardwicke, who died earlier this month (16May11).
Hardwicke, who passed away at the age of 78, is best known for playing Sherlock Holmes' sidekick on U.K. TV in the 1980s.
Now Freeman, who co-starred with Hardwicke in 2003 movie Love Actually, hopes he can continue his legacy with his current role as Watson in hit U.K. series Sherlock.
He says, "He was a great Watson, they were really good adaptations, it was great television.
"I found out when a friend texted me while we were filming the second series of Sherlock, and I texted him back and and said hopefully I'll pick up the torch."