Greg Lestrade

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Character
Name: Greg Lestrade
Occupation: Scotland Yard detective
Title/Rank: Detective Inspector
Location: London, U.K.
Status: alive
Relationships: estranged wife
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Other: played by Rupert Graves
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Greg Lestrade is a Sherlock character based on the character of Detective Inspector G. Lestrade from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series.

Canon

Detective Inspector G. Lestrade is one of the leading detectives at Sherlock Holmes' Scotland Yard. The first name of said detective was left unstated in the original books by Conan Doyle. Over many years, people have tried to pin a name on Lestrade, but on the release of the ever-popular new Sherlock series he was named as "Greg" which appears to be approved by the public (completely blowing the American version Elementary's "Gareth" out of the water). In this series he is played by Rupert Graves.

The character appears briefly though often but for the fans this is an opportunity to create their own lifestyle for Lestrade. Most commonly, he is depicted with an ex (or soon to be ex) partner with bad memories of their time together and issues because of their departure. This situation in a fanfiction would most often be followed by Lestrade in another relationship...

Fandom

As with most of the Sherlock characters are, Greg Lestrade is shipped with many people. A ship that could be canon occurs with character Molly Hooper. Greg supposedly makes looks of love towards Molly often, a notable moment is at the Christmas party when she come in in a posh tight dress. A small majority of fans ship Sherlock Holmes/Greg Lestrade (or Sherstrade) based on their reliance on each other in cases and the the knowledge that Lestrade helped Sherlock get over drugs at some point but the audience is never told how.

There is one ship that stands above the rest though. This is probably the furthest from canon of all the ships in the Sherlock series but it is one of the most popular and most shipped, below only Johnlock and Sheriarty. Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade (or Mystrade) is a strange relationship between people who are almost completely the opposite personality.

The character of Lestrade is generally seen as peace-seeking but will probably punch you if you get in his way. Greg is often the calm in the storm during difficult situations though it's probably from experience of Sherlock's actions.

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