Charles Augustus Magnussen
Charles Augustus Magnessen
Vital statistics
Died December 25, 2014
Other names CAM
Affiliation CAM News
Occupation Newspaper tycoon
Appearances The Empty Hearse
His Last Vow
Main actor Lars Mikkelsen
"I’ve dealt with murderers, psychopaths, terrorists, serial killers. None of them can turn my stomach like Charles Augustus Magnussen."
Sherlock Holmes about Magnussen.[src]

Charles Augustus Magnussen was a powerful newspaper tycoon and prolific blackmailer. He was fatally shot by Sherlock Holmes on December 25, 2014 at Appledore.


Charles Augustus Magnussen owned a large and powerful newspaper company. Charles used his power and wealth to gain information, in turn making him more powerful. He used the information he acquired to blackmail people; he was referred to by Sherlock Holmes as the "Napoleon of blackmail".

Charles had John Watson kidnapped and put into a bonfire at St James' Church. He did so to test if John was a pressure point for the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. Although Charles later claimed that he had people standing by, they were unnecessary, as Sherlock and Mary Watson rescued John from the fire. Charles filmed the rescue and watched the footage in his mind palace.


Charles Augustus Magnussen appeared in the Sherlock episodes:

Behind the scenesEdit

Charles Augustus Magnussen was played by Lars Mikklesen.

Allusions to Conan Doyle storiesEdit

The character of Charles Augustus Magnussen is based on the original character Charles Augustus Milverton from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton.

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