| Philip Anderson |
|Affiliation|| Metropolitan Police Service (formerly)|
Empty Hearse fan group
|Appearances|| A Study in Pink|
The Great Game
The Reichenbach Fall
Many Happy Returns
The Empty Hearse
|Main actor||Jonathan Aris|
Philip Anderson is a former member of the Metropolitan Police's forensics team based at New Scotland Yard. He is married, though had an affair with fellow police officer Sally Donovan.
In early February 2010, Philip had an affair with his colleague Sally Donovan, as his wife was away. She went around to his house on at least one occasion.
He was put on forensics at the crime scene containing the body of Jennifer Wilson. When consulting detective Sherlock Holmes arrived, Philip was very hostile towards him and said he didn't want the crime scene contaminated. Sherlock revealed Philip's affair with Sally, much to their horror.
Philip later entered the room containing the corpse and Sherlock, before Sherlock harshly shut the door in his face. He was only allowed into the room when Sherlock had left the crime scene.
When DI Greg Lestrade called for police to go on a drugs bust at 221B Baker Street, Philip volunteered, despite not actually being on the drugs squad. He goaded Sherlock about possessing the case, hinting that Sherlock might be the killer. When Sherlock later had an inspiration, he required Philip to turn his back so that his face didn't put Sherlock off.
Disbelief in Sherlock HolmesEdit
When Sherlock's popularity grew and he was presented with a deerstalker hat, Philip and Sally Donovan smiled at him smugly from the back of the room.
Sherlock asked for Philip to come to St Aldate's School, though his input did not seem to aid Sherlock in any way.
When the Police Chief Superintendent talked to DI Greg Lestrade about Sherlock, Anderson was also there. He then started to believe that Sherlock was a fraud, asking if Sherlock had faked all of his cases.
After Sherlock's fallEdit
Philip was full of guilt after Sherlock Holmes jumped from the roof of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, believing that his belief about Sherlock being a fraud led to the fall. Philip eventually lost his job after he began theorizing Sherlock's survival, also growing a beard. He tracked what he believed to be Sherlock's travel across Asia and Europe, from cases in the Himalayas and New Delhi to closer ones in Continental Europe.
In the episode, 'The Empty Hearse', he told his theories to ex-boss DI Greg Lestrade, who ignored them all, voicing that he believed Sherlock to be dead. Philip was unperturbed by Greg's denials and continued believing in Sherlock's survival.
His main theory about Sherlock's survival involved Sherlock bungee jumping off the hospital roof and rebounding back up into a window. Jim Moriarty's dead body was thrown off the roof after having a mask of Sherlock's face put on. This was the body John Watson saw after he witnessed Sherlock's 'suicide'.
- "Anderson, don’t talk out loud. You'll lower the I.Q. of the whole street."
- —Sherlock's attack on Anderson's intelligence[src]
Philip Anderson and Sherlock Holmes have a testing acquaintanceship, with bickering from both sides. Philip viewed Sherlock as the police's "favourite psychopath" until Sherlock corrected him, labeling himself as a 'high functioning sociopath'.
When DI Greg Lestrade called upon Sherlock Holmes to investigate the murder of Jennifer Wilson, Sherlock nearly missed the case, seeing as Philip was working on forensics. When Philip put forward his views on Jennifer Wilson's note, Sherlock slammed the door in his face.
Their relationship was not helped by Sherlock's public reveal of Philip's affair with his colleague Sally Donovan.
When Greg Lestrade ordered a drug bust on 221B Baker Street, Philip volunteered despite not actually being on the drug squad. Sherlock was angry at Philip's appearance, especially due to his venomous hints that Sherlock was Jennifer's killer.
While Anderson worked at New Scotland Yard, he worked under DI Greg Lestrade. The pair had a cordial relationship, though Philip was often annoyed at Lestrade's continual consulting with Sherlock Holmes.
After Anderson was removed from the police force, the pair remained in contact with each other. They met up at least once during Sherlock's absence. At that meeting, Anderson shared with Lestrade his belief in Sherlock's survival. Lestrade dismissed the idea.
Philip is very close with his colleague Sally Donovan, considering that, when Philip's wife was away in January of 2010, he engaged in sexual activities with Donovan. Sherlock Holmes deduced these activities and revealed them at the crime scene containing Jennifer Wilson's body.
Philip Anderson appeared in the Sherlock episodes:
- A Study in Pink
- The Reichenbach Fall
- Many Happy Returns (mini-episode)
- The Empty Hearse
- His Last Vow
- The Abominable Bride
He also appeared in the unaired Sherlock pilot.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Philip Anderson was played by Jonathan Aris.
- In Sherlock's unaired pilot, Philip had a beard. Show co-creator Steven Moffat stated that the beard did not reappear in A Study in Pink because it looked fake. However, the beard made a comeback in the third series.