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Irene Adler

Irene Adler
Full Name
Irene Adler
Played By
Belgravia, London, UK

What do you know about this woman? If your answer's nothing whatsoever, then you should be paying more attention.

Professionally known as 'The Woman', Irene Adler provides, shall we say, recreational scolding for those who enjoy that sort of thing and are prepared to pay for it. There are many names for what she does, but she prefers 'Dominatrix'.

At her disposal, she possesses a large array of costumes and accessories, none more effective than what she describes as her 'Battledress'. The big problem with a disguise though, is no matter how hard you try, it's always a self-portrait. This is certainly true of her; the code to Irene's safe is her measurements and the password to her camera phone… well, that's far more intimate.

Be warned though, Ms. Adler plays around; she misbehaves. She likes detective stories… and detectives. For her, brainy's the new sexy.

Having been at the centre of two political scandals in the last year and recently ended the marriage of a prominent novelist by having an affair with both participants separately. Currently she has in her possession, an imaginative range of compromising photographs featuring a young female person of significance to the British Monarchy.

Moriarty has promised her that if she has what she says she has, he'd make her rich (which was certainly more preferable to the finding and skinning option.) He didn't even ask for anything, just likes to cause trouble; now that's her kind of man!

As Ms. Adler remarks in her website masthead, know when you are beaten. So if you've been wicked, you can follow her on Twitter; her username is @TheWhipHand

Series 4

The Six Thatchers  * S4E1

The Lying Detective  * S4E2

The Final Problem  * S4E3