6 September 2012 8:52 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Bit of casting news this morning: Character actor Roger Rees has been cast in a key guest star role on CBS’ upcoming Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary.

The British actor plays an important figure from Holmes’ mysterious past (hmm, his father?). The role is for one episode, but could evolve into a recurring character on the show.

Rees was in one of my favorite under-appreciated films, The Prestige, while on the TV side he’s best known for recurring roles on The West Wing, Cheers, Grey’s Anatomy and Warehouse 13. Elementary gets underway Thursday, Sept. 27 on CBS. »

- James Hibberd

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