Sam Claflin has told RTÉ Entertainment that his Enola Holmes co-star Millie Bobby Brown is "a force to be reckoned with" and taught him "how to be on a film set".

The acclaimed film, which has just been released on Netflix, stars Stranger Things' Brown as detective hero Enola, the younger sister of Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Claflin) Holmes.

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Describing the mystery adventure as "a very new and relevant version of a very classic tale", Claflin said that 16-year-old Brown made the film her own, inspiring a new generation through the role - and her own attitude.

"She's experienced so much, so young that I feel like she's schooling me in how to be on a film set and how to approach the work," he continued.

"She's just a force to be reckoned with. She is such a charismatic, charming young girl - and I can say 'young girl' because she is so young. But she doesn't come across 16, in a wonderful way. She's just incredibly 'with it' and 'on'."

"At 16, I was so all over the place," laughed Claflin. "I was so unfocussed. Football was my life; that was all I thought about at the age of 16. Football and girls probably! I had no clue as to what I wanted to be or where I wanted to go at that age, not really.

"So, seeing someone who is so... She's switched on. She knows what she wants and she goes out and gets it, and I think that's so admirable and so amazing to see. I feel like the younger generation, especially with all the political goings-on and what have you - there's such a strong movement in our future. It's quite exciting." 

(L-R) Henry Cavill as Sherlock, Millie Bobby Brown as Enola and Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes

"It's crazy how relevant the film is," the Hunger Games star enthused. "Seeing the progressive nature of this female detective - I thoroughly enjoyed reading the script, which is kind of why I wanted to get involved.

"It felt very fresh. It felt like we'd seen Sherlock Holmes so many different ways before, but this felt new and very now. There are people out there that will be so inspired by her. As a father to a daughter, for me, having the opportunity to hopefully one day show this sort of film to my daughter and say, 'You know, you could be anything you want...'"

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"I've worked with a few young people in my days before and I'm always sort of quite taken aback by just how professional and focussed they are, despite their young age," Claflin concluded.

"Millie was so invested, she was so passionate. She has a lust for life. When you see that positivity channelled through the younger generation it's exciting - it makes you feel excited. 

"It also reminds me of why I first got into this industry. I think you sort of lose touch with it a little bit at times. Especially as a family man now, being taken away from your family - you can't help but let the negative aspects of the industry sort of take hold. Seeing someone with fresh eyes and this new kind of lust for life - you can't help but go, 'That's why! That's why I'm doing this job!'"    

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