List Of Actors Who Have Played Sherlock Holmes
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List of Actors Who Have Played Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed literary character in film and television history, having appeared on screen 254 times as of 2012.[1] The list of actors who have played Sherlock Holmes in film, television, stage, or radio includes:

Theatrical films

Name Title Date Type
Károly Baumann Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Hochmec [2] 1905 (Hungary)
Alwin Neuß Sherlock Holmes 1908 (Germany)
The Stolen Legacy (Den stjaalne millionobligation) 1911 (Germany)
Detektiv Braun 1914 (Germany)
Der Hund von Baskerville 1914 (Germany)
Viggo Larsen Arsène Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes 1910 (Germany)
Otto Lagoni Sherlock Holmes i Bondefangerklør 1910 (Denmark)
The Bogus Governess (Den forklædte barnepige) 1911 (Denmark)
The Black Hand (Den sorte Haand) 1911 (Denmark)
A Confidence Trick 1911 (Denmark)
Einar Zangenberg Hotel Thieves 1911 (Denmark)
Lauritz Olsen Den sorte hætte 1911 (Denmark)
Mack Sennett The $500 Reward 1911
Georges Tréville The Mystery of Boscombe Vale 1912 short (france)
The Beryl Coronet 1912 short (france)
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes 1916
Harry Arthur Saintsbury The Valley of Fear 1916
Hugo Flink Der Erdstrommotor 1917 (German)
Der Schlangenring 1917 (German)
Die Kassette 1917 (German)
Eille Norwood Stoll Film series 1921-1923 Consists of 45 live-action shorts
The Sign of the Four 1923
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1921
John Barrymore Sherlock Holmes 1922
Carlyle Blackwell Der Hund von Baskerville 1929
Clive Brook The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1929
Paramount on Parade: "Murder Will Out" 1930 Anthology Film
(Sherlock appears in 4th Sequence)
Sherlock Holmes 1932
Arthur Wontner The Sleeping Cardinal 1931
The Missing Rembrandt 1932
The Sign of Four 1932
The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes 1935
Silver Blaze 1937
Raymond Massey The Speckled Band 1931
Robert Rendel The Hound of the Baskervilles 1932
Reginald Owen A Study in Scarlet 1933
Bruno Güttner The Hound of the Baskervilles (Der Hund von Baskerville) 1937
Hans Albers The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war) 1937
Basil Rathbone The Hound of the Baskervilles 1939
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 1942
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon 1943
Sherlock Holmes in Washington 1943
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death 1943
Crazy House 1943 (Cameo)
The Spider Woman 1944
The Scarlet Claw 1944
The Pearl of Death 1944
The Woman in Green 1945
Pursuit to Algiers 1945
The House of Fear 1945
Terror by Night 1946
Dressed to Kill 1946
The Great Mouse Detective 1986 Animated film (Archive; Voice only)
Peter Cushing The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 Film
Christopher Lee Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes) 1962 Film
Douglas Wilmer The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975
John Neville A Study in Terror 1965
Robert Stephens The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970
George C. Scott They Might Be Giants 1971
John Cleese The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It 1977
Nicol Williamson The Seven-Per-Cent Solution 1976
Christopher Plummer Murder by Decree 1979
Peter Cook The Hound of the Baskervilles 1978
Algimantas Masiulis Blue Carbuncle 1980 (Belarusfilm)
Nicholas Rowe Young Sherlock Holmes 1985
Michael Caine Without a Clue 1988
Joaquim de Almeida The Xango from Baker Street (O Xangô de Baker Street) 2001 (Brazil/Portugal)
Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes 2009
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011
Gary Piquer Holmes & Watson. Madrid Days 2012 (Spanish)
Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes 2015
Yoshimitsu Takasugi
Chuck Huber
The Empire of Corpses 2015 Anime film (Japanese and English dub, respectively)
Will Ferrell Holmes and Watson[3] 2018

Television & DTV films

Name Title Date Type
Basil Rathbone Suspense - "The Adventure of the Black Baronet" 1953 TV episode
Alan Napier Your Show Time - "The Speckled Band" 1949 TV episode
John Longden "Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared" 1951 TV short
Peter Cushing The Masks of Death 1984 TV film
Christopher Lee Incident at Victoria Falls 1991 TV film
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady 1992 TV film
Douglas Wilmer Detective - "The Speckled Band" 1964 TV pilot
Stewart Granger The Hound of the Baskervilles 1972 TV film
John Cleese Comedy Playhouse series 13 - "Elementary, My Dear Watson" 1973 TV film
Larry Hagman The Return of the World's Greatest Detective 1976 TV film
Roger Moore Sherlock Holmes in New York 1976 TV film
Christopher Plummer Silver Blaze 1977
Charlton Heston The Crucifer of Blood 1991 TV film
Frank Langella Sherlock Holmes 1981 TV film
Peter Lawford Fantasy Island - "The Case Against Mr. Roarke/Save Sherlock Holmes" 1982 TV episode
Tom Baker The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 TV serial
Peter O'Toole Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear
Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four
Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet
Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse
1983 Animated TV films
Ian Richardson The Sign of Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
1983 TV films
Brent Spiner Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Lonely Among Us" 1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation - TV episode
"Elementary, Dear Data" 1988
"Ship in a Bottle" 1993
Michael Pennington The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1987 TV film
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Alvin and the Chipmunks - "Elementary, My Dear Simon" 1988 TV episode
Edward Woodward Hands of a Murderer 1990 TV film
Patrick Macnee The Hound of London 1993 TV film
Anthony Higgins Sherlock Holmes Returns 1993 TV film
Matt Frewer The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire 2002 TV film
The Sign of Four 2001 TV film
The Royal Scandal 2001 TV film
The Hound of the Baskervilles 2000 TV film
James D'Arcy Sherlock: Case of Evil 2002 TV film
Richard Roxburgh The Hound of the Baskervilles 2002 TV film
Rupert Everett Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking 2004 TV film
Robert Webb That Mitchell and Webb Look - "Holmes and Watson" 2007 TV skit
Jonathan Pryce Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars 2007 TV Film
David Mitchell That Mitchell and Webb Look - "Old Sherlock Holmes" 2010 TV skit
Ben Syder Sherlock Holmes 2010 direct-to-video film
Alexander Armstrong The Armstrong and Miller Show 2010 TV skit

TV series

Name Title Date Type
Alan Wheatley Sherlock Holmes 1951 TV series (BBC)
Ronald Howard Sherlock Holmes 1954-1955 TV series
Peter Cushing Sherlock Holmes 1968 TV series
Douglas Wilmer Sherlock Holmes 1965 TV series
Erich Schellow Sherlock Holmes 1967-1968 TV series
Nando Gazzolo Sherlock Holmes 1968 TV series (Italy)
Vasily Livanov The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson 1979-1986 TV film series
Geoffrey Whitehead Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson 1979 TV series
Guy Henry Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House 1982 TV series
Jeremy Brett The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1984-1985 TV series
The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1986-1988 TV series
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1991-1993 TV series
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 1994 TV series
Taichir? Hirokawa (Japanese version)
Larry Moss (English version)
Elio Pandolfi (Italian version)
Sherlock Hound 1984-1985 TV anime series
Brian Bedford Alfred Hitchcock Presents - "My Dear Watson" 1989 TV series
Jason Gray-Stanford Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century 1996 TV series (animated)
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock 2010-present TV series (BBC)
Jonny Lee Miller Elementary 2012-present TV series (American)
Igor Petrenko Sherlock Holmes 2013 TV series (Russian)
Louis Oliver Moffat Sherlock - Flashbacks of Holmes as a child 2013 TV series (BBC)
K?ichi Yamadera Sherlock Holmes 2014-present TV series (puppetry, Japan)
Mark Caven Houdini & Doyle - "The Pall of LaPier" 2016 TV series

Radio and audio dramas

Name Title Date Type
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" 1930 Radio (NBC)
Lux Radio Theater - "Sherlock Holmes" 1935 Radio (NBC)
Clive Brook Sherlock Holmes: "Scandal In Bohemia & The Red-Headed League" 1930 Radio (NBC)
Richard Gordon The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1930-1933 Radio (NBC)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1936 Radio (Mutual, NBC)
Orson Welles The Mercury Theater on the Air - "The Immortal Sherlock Holmes" 1938 Radio (CBS)
Basil Rathbone The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939-1946 Radio (Blue Network & Mutual)
Cedric Hardwicke The Speckled Band 1945 Radio (BBC)
Tom Conway The New Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes 1946-1947 Radio (ABC)
Carleton Hobbs 56 stories from the Sherlock Holmes canon[4] 1952-1969 Radio (BBC series)
John Gielgud The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[5] 1954 Radio (BBC)
Richard Hurndall The Sign Of Four Parts 1-5 1959 Radio (BBC)
Clive Merrison The entire canon - the only actor to do so[6] 1989-2004 Radio series (BBC)
Roy Hudd The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1999 Radio series (BBC)
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen The Blue Carbuncle 2007 Children's audio drama (Danish)
Roger Llewellyn Sherlock Holmes - The Death and Life,[7]Sherlock Holmes - The Last Act[8] 2009 Audio dramas (Big Finish Productions)
Nicholas Briggs Sherlock Holmes[9] 2010-2016 Audio dramas (Big Finish Productions)

Stage plays

Name Title Date Type
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes 1899 Stage (Broadway)
Harry Arthur Saintsbury Sherlock Holmes 1903-1910 Stage (London)
Károly Baumann Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Hochmec [10] 1905 Stage (Hungary)
Eille Norwood The Return of Sherlock Holmes[11] 1923 Stage (UK)
Tod Slaughter Sherlock Holmes 1930 (~) Stage
Basil Rathbone "Sherlock Holmes" by Ouida Rathbone 1953 Stage play
Fritz Weaver Baker Street 1965 Stage musical (Broadway Theatre, NYC)
John Neville Sherlock Holmes 1973 (~) Stage (Royal Shakespeare Company)
John Wood Sherlock Holmes 1974-1976 Stage (Broadway)
Leonard Nimoy Sherlock Holmes 1976 Stage (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Paxton Whitehead The Crucifer of Blood 1978 Stage (Broadway)
Keith Michell The Crucifer of Blood 1979 Stage (London)
Keith Baxter The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes 1980 Stage (Off-Broadway)
Murder, My Dear Watson 1983 Stage
Paul Singleton Grit in a Sensitive Instrument 1980, 1982 Stage (regional theatre, Off-Broadway), cable TV
The Blue Carbuncle 2007-2008 Stage (Off Broadway, Los Angeles)
Charlton Heston The Crucifer of Blood 1981 Stage (Los Angeles)
Sherlock's Last Case 1990 Stage (Broadway)
Jeremy Brett The Secret of Sherlock Holmes 1988-89 Stage (touring, British)
Time Winters Sherlock Holmes and the Hands of Othello 1987 Stage (Off-Off Broadway, NY)
Ron Moody Sherlock Holmes: The Musical 1989 Stage
Julien Masdoua Le Cabaret Sherlock Holmes 2013 Stage (France)
Benjamin Lawlor The Hound of the Baskervilles 2013 Stage (UK)
Simon Michael Morgan Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol 2013 Stage (Britain)
Paul Andrew Goldsmith Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Carol 2015-2016 UK theatre tour (Baroque Theatre Company)


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