M. L. Holmes
Mrs Holmes
Vital statistics
Other names Mummy (Sherlock Holmes)
Occupation Scientist (possibly retired)
Family Mr. Holmes (husband)
Sherlock Holmes (son)
Mycroft Holmes (son)
Eurus Holmes (daughter)
Appearances 4 appearances
Main actor Wanda Ventham

M. L. Holmes is a mathematician, who gave up her career to raise her children. She is the wife of Mr. Holmes and the mother of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. Neither of her sons are very fond of her, as Sherlock has a list of things she has to answer for while Mycroft has a file, but their father adores her.[1]


M. L. Holmes has a very warm and welcoming personality, allowing Bill Wiggins and John and Mary Watson to stay for Christmas. She did not like the squabbles between her sons.[2] She appears to be at least as intelligent as her two sons, since she deals comfortably with mathematics and with people. John Watson's impression was that she (and her husband) seems 'ordinary'.[3]


Mrs. Holmes appeared in the Sherlock episodes:

She is mentioned in the Sherlock episodes:

Behind the scenesEdit

Mrs. Holmes is played by Benedict Cumberbatch's mother Wanda Ventham.

References and notesEdit

  1. Said privately by Mr. Holmes to Mary Watson in His Last Vow.
  2. As stated by Sherlock Holmes, at the end of the Sherlock episode A Study in Pink.
  3. Remark by John Watson after first meeting them in The Empty Hearse.