'Sherlock': Lara Pulver Revs Up 'Masterpiece,' Now Wants to Tackle 'Top Gear'

Tonight's cuppa: Decaf Irish breakfast tea

Sherlock-Lara-Pulver.jpgOn Sunday, May 6, the 21st-century reimaging of "Sherlock" returns for a second season on PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" with "A Scandal in Belgravia," loosely inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic "Sherlock Holmes" story "A Scandal in Bohemia."

Sherlock-Benedict-Cumberbatch-Martin-Freeman-Poster.jpgHolmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) are back, now joined by Irene Adler (Lara Pulver), "The Woman" in Holmes' life -- click here to read my syndicated feature story on the episode, with comments from Cumberbatch, Pulver and writer Steven Moffat.

While it's possible that Irene Adler could resurface in a future Sherlock Holmes adventure, Pulver, who now splits her time between London and West Hollywood, Calif., has some other ideas about how she'd like to spend her time.

One of them involves the BBC's long-running auto-centric hit "Top Gear," which airs here on BBC America.

"I love 'Top Gear,'" says Pulver. "I want them to invite me to be on 'Top Gear,' so I can race around that track."

In each episode, there's a segment called "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car," in which a celebrity -- such as "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith (pictured below with the show's tame racing driver, The Stig) -- takes a lap around the "Top Gear" test track in a small, economical auto (currently a Kia Cee'd -- yeah, I don't know what that is, either).

Asked how she thinks she'd do on the track, Pulver says, "I'm a pretty good driver. I'm not Top-Gear-Matt-Smith-Stig.jpg sure if I'd be the fastest, but I'm a good maneuverer in and out of traffic. I know back streets and stuff in London. I'm not sure how I'd fare on an open track."

Of course, if you live in Los Angeles, you have to have a car, but new arrival Pulver had a challenge.

"I drive a BMW, just a 3-Series, coupe,"
she says. "It's cute. It's black. I didn't have any credit history in this country. You know how difficult it was for me to lease a vehicle. It was literally between BMW, and I can't remember what the other company was that wouldn't even look at me, to let me a car."