Benedict Cumberbatch met Lara Pulver on the set of Sherlock

Sherlock actress Lara Pulver has denied that she and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch are an item.

Reports emerged over the weekend that the pair had been spotted looking 'completely engrossed' and 'very affectionate' with each other when they attended an awards show last Thursday.

'Oh come on, it's the Mail! I've never read a more factually incorrect article,' Tweets Lara, 32.

Lara met Benedict, 36, when she played dominatrix Irene Adler in Sherlock's New Year's Day episode A Scandal In Belgravia.

The actress - who divorced US actor Joshua Dallas last year - spent 8 hours in nothing but Louboutins and diamond earrings to shoot a particularly raunchy scene with Benedict.

'I think the human form is something to celebrate. And you don't actually see anything,' Lara told the Evening Standard earlier this year.

'It is so cleverly shot by [director] Paul McGuigan, that it is what you don't see that makes your imagination go crazy.'

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