Actor Martin Freeman has said that he thinks 'it is possible' that the beloved BBC series Sherlock might return one day with a spin-off film.
The Hobbit star, who plays Dr. John Watson, seems to echo similar sentiments recently made by Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who said he would be open to doing a film to officially end the series' run.
Speaking to Collider, Freeman said: ' Yeah, I think it is possible. It might be more likely… I think we've all left it so that it's not a full stop, it's just a big ellipsis or a big pause.
He elaborated: 'Maybe it's because we don’t want to say, "Oh, it's a full stop." I'm not sure.'
'To be honest, I'm a big believer in not going past your sell-by date, in anything, really. Don't outstay your welcome.'
'So, I suppose we would have to see if we have outstayed our welcome, when the time comes, and whether people have moved on to something else,' he added.
The TV series, which usually contained three feature-length episodes per season, began in 2010 and soon went on to become a huge hit, becoming the UK's most watched drama series since 2001.
It depicted Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in a modern setting, where social media, invasive press coverage and hacking often crept into their investigations.
In addition, Watson was initially shown in the series as suffering from trauma caused by his time as a soldier in the current war in Afghanistan; a transposition of his character being a veteran of the Second Anglo-Afghan war from 1878 to 1880.
Sherlock, which was created by former Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also plays Holmes' brother Mycroft in the show), is notoriously well-known amongst its fans for having long breaks between each season.
Despite this, it has earned a dedicated fanbase and has won a number of TV awards, including Emmys, BAFTAs and Golden Globes.
Various actors have guest starred on the show, such as Rupert Graves, Lara Pulver, Toby Jones, Lars Mikkelsen, Una Stubbs, and Andrew Scott, whose role as a modern-day Professor Moriarty shot him into mainstream popularity.
Both Freeman and Cumberbatch can currently be seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as CIA agent Everett K. Ross and the sorcerer superhero Doctor Strange respectively.
Another televised Sherlock Holmes adaptation, The Irregulars, will soon debut on Netflix, and follows a group of teenagers in Victorian London helping the famous detective duo solve a conspiracy that seemingly involves supernatural entities.