Performance In A Leading Role by Mad_Lori

Title:  Performance in a Leading Role
Author:  Mad_Lori
Fandom:  Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing:  John/Sherlock
Rating:  NC-17
Warnings: Gratuitous reference to real people in cameo roles
Genre: AU, Romance
Word Count:  156,716


Sherlock Holmes is an Oscar winner in the midst of a career slump. John Watson is an Everyman actor trapped in the rom-com ghetto. When they are cast as a gay couple in a new independent drama, will they surprise each other? Will their on-screen romance make its way into the real world?

Why You Should Read This:

What it says on the tin. It’s a full-on AU with both John and Sherlock as actors. John is a rom-com star and Sherlock, despite the Oscar, has made some… poor role choices.

But the romance is well done; it surprises both of our boyz and they don’t really know what to do with it. There’s some nice ethical dialog about how Hollywood hides so much from the public and how actors essentially have to go along with it to keep working.

John and Sherlock are ‘cute’ together while staying firmly in character, each being insecure in a ‘he loves me?’ sort of way.

Don’t let the word count dismay you. It’s an easy read and Lori keeps it moving, explains much of the Hollywood references to anyone who might not know, and keeps you entertained all the way to the expected happy ending.


  1. This is my favorite Sherlock story of all time. I think all the real people (actors, directors etc) cameos makes the story more realistic.

    • I knew as soon as I started reading it that I would adore it – and yep! Plus I’ve gotten many, many others (even non Johnlock folks) hooked on it! 🙂

  2. This is my favorite Sherlock story of all the time and one I read when I can. Is so realistic, so good~ You simply love the characters.

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