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'Sherlock' star Louise Brealey has joined 'Ripper Street'.

The actress played Molly Hooper in 'Sherlock'. Now she's hopping from one period crime drama to another, as she takes on the role of a physician in the third series of 'Ripper Street'.

"I'm playing one of the first women doctors," Brealey told Radio Times.com. "I'm really excited because I did history at university and I love a bit of research.

"Elizabeth Garrett Anderson blazed the trail in the 1870s and in the intervening decade or so a few extremely intrepid and unusual women started learning to be doctors themselves."

Her character Dr Amelia Frayn will run the Obsidian Clinic in Whitechapel.

"So I'm dressed very soberly and the other girls are all so ravishing," she said. "I'm like a little Jenny Wren. Literally, where are my pretty feathers?!"

Filming is underway on the third series. The period crime drama was axed by the BBC after two series, but Amazon saved the day by funding a third.

Series three will come to Amazon Prime Instant Video first, and will air on BBC1 at a later date.

Brealey says the whole cast and crew were chuffed at being granted another series. "Everyone's just delighted that it's got another crack of the whip," she said. "They felt that they weren't quite done with it. I think it's that feeling when you've had half the biscuit and left it somewhere in the house: you can't quite rest until you've found it. So it's like they're all finishing off a custard cream with smiles on their faces."

Brealey also confirmed the news on Twitter.

Source: Radio Times.com, Twitter

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