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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]

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)
Richard Gordon Sherlock Holmes - 34 stories adapted from Doyle[2] 1930 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)
Louis Hector The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[3] 1934-1935 Radio (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)
Arthur Wontner The Boscombe Valley Mystery[4] 1943 BBC Home Service
John Cheatle My Dear Watson[4] 1943 BBC Home Service
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[5] 1952-1969 Radio (BBC series)
John Gielgud The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[6] 1954 Radio (BBC)
Richard Hurndall The Sign Of Four Parts 1-5 1959 Radio (BBC)
Robert Powell A Study in Scarlet[7] 1974 (British)
Kevin McCarthy CBS Radio Mystery Theater - "A Scandal in Bohemia"[8] 1977 (American)
Graham Armitage The Stories of Sherlock Holmes 1979-1985 Springbok Radio
Clive Merrison The entire canon - the only actor to do so[9] 1989-2004 Radio series (BBC)
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 2002-2010 Radio series (BBC)
Roy Hudd The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1999 Radio series (BBC)
Roger Llewellyn Sherlock Holmes - The Death and Life,[10]Sherlock Holmes - The Last Act[11] 2009 Audio dramas (Big Finish Productions)
Nicholas Briggs Sherlock Holmes[12] 2010-2018 Audio dramas (Big Finish Productions)

Stage plays

Name Title Date Type
C.H.E. Brookfield Under The Clock[13] 1893 Stage (Royal Court Theatre)
John Webb Sherlock Holmes[14] 1894 Stage (Royalty Theatre, Glasgow)
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes 1899 Stage (Broadway)
The Painful Predicament of Sherlock Holmes[15] 1905 Stage (Metropolitan Opera House)
John F. Preston The Bank of England: An Adventure in the Life of Sherlock Holmes[16] 1900 Stage (Clapham)
Walter Edwards The Sign of the Four[15] 1903 Stage (West End Theater)
Harry Arthur Saintsbury Sherlock Holmes 1903-1910 Stage (London)
The Speckled Band[17] 1910 Stage (London)
H. Hamilton Stewart Sherlock Holmes[18] 1906-1918 Stage (England)
Ferdinand Bonn Sherlock Holmes[19] 1906 Stage (Berliner Theatre)
Der Hund Von Baskerville[19] 1907 Stage (Berliner Theatre)
Dennis Neilson-Terry The Crown Diamond[20] 1921 Stage (London)
Eille Norwood The Return of Sherlock Holmes[21] 1923 Stage (UK)
Hamilton Deane Sherlock Holmes[22] 1923-1932 Stage (UK)
Tod Slaughter The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1928 Stage (England)
Felix Aylmer The Holmeses of Baker Street[21] 1933 Stage (Lyceum Theatre)
Tod Slaughter Sherlock Holmes 1930 (~) Stage
Basil Rathbone "Sherlock Holmes" by Ouida Bergère[23] 1953 Stage play
Fritz Weaver Baker Street[24] 1965 Stage musical (Broadway Theatre, NYC)
John Neville Sherlock Holmes[25] 1973 (~) Stage (Royal Shakespeare Company)
John Wood Sherlock Holmes 1974-1976 Stage (Broadway)
Leonard Nimoy Sherlock Holmes 1976 Stage (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Frank Langella Sherlock Holmes[26] 1977, 1980 (filmed for HBO) Stage revival (Williamstown Theater Festival)
Sherlock's Last Case[27] 1987 Stage (Nederlander Theatre)
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[28] 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)
Tom Baker The Mask of Moriarty[29] 1985 Stage (Dublin)
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
Javier Marzan The Hound of the Baskervilles[30] 2007 Stage (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
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)
Gregory Wooddell Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery[31] 2015 Arena Stage in Southwest, Washington, D.C.
Euan Morton Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery[32] 2015 Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California
Paul Andrew Goldsmith Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Carol[33] 2015-2016 UK theatre tour
Jay Taylor Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery[34] 2017-2018 Liverpool Playhouse

Television and DTV films

Name Title Date Type
Louis Hector The Three Garridebs[35] 1937 Television play on NBC (American)
John Longden "Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared" 1951 Television short
Andrew Osborn The Mazarin Stone[36] 1951 Television film for BBC (British)
Stewart Granger The Hound of the Baskervilles 1972 Television film (American)
John Cleese Comedy Playhouse series 13 - "Elementary, My Dear Watson" 1973 Television film (British)
Roger Moore Sherlock Holmes in New York 1976 Television film (American)
Christopher Plummer Silver Blaze 1977 Television film (Canadian)
Algimantas Masiulis Blue Carbuncle 1980 (Belarusfilm)
Frank Langella Sherlock Holmes 1981 Television film adaptation of the play (American)
Tom Baker The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 Television film (British)
Peter O'Toole Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear 1983 Animated television film (Australian)
Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four 1983 Animated television film (Australian)
Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse 1983 Animated television film (Australian)
Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet 1983 Animated television film (Australian)
Ian Richardson The Sign of Four 1983 Television film (British-American)
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1983 Television film (British-American)
Peter Cushing The Masks of Death 1984 Television film (British)
Michael Pennington The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1987 Television film (American)
Brian Bedford "My Dear Watson" 1989 Episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (American)
Edward Woodward Hands of a Murderer 1990 Television film (American)
Charlton Heston The Crucifer of Blood 1991 Television film adaptation of the play (American)
Christopher Lee Incident at Victoria Falls 1991 Television film
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady 1992 Television film
Patrick Macnee The Hound of London 1993 Television film (Luxembourgian/Canadian)
Anthony Higgins Sherlock Holmes Returns 1993 Television film (American)
Matt Frewer The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire 2002 Television film (Canadian)
The Sign of Four 2001 Television film (Canadian)
The Royal Scandal 2001 Television film (Canadian)
The Hound of the Baskervilles 2000 Television film (Canadian)
James D'Arcy Sherlock: Case of Evil 2002 Television film (American)
Richard Roxburgh The Hound of the Baskervilles 2002 Television film (British)
Rupert Everett Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking 2004 Television film (British)
Jonathan Pryce Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars 2007 Television film (British)
Michael York Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes 2010 Animated DTV film. Voice only. (American)
Ben Syder Sherlock Holmes 2010 DTV film (American)

Television series

Name Title Date Type
Alan Napier Your Show Time - "The Speckled Band" 1949 (American)
Alan Wheatley Sherlock Holmes 1951 TV series (BBC)
Basil Rathbone Suspense - "The Adventure of the Black Baronet" 1953 (American)
Ronald Howard Sherlock Holmes 1954-1955 TV series
Boris Karloff The Elgin Hour - "Sting of Death" 1955 Based on H. F. Heard's A Taste for Honey (American)
Douglas Wilmer Detective - "The Speckled Band" 1964 Backdoor pilot for the 1965 series (British)
Sherlock Holmes 1965 TV series
Erich Schellow Sherlock Holmes 1967-1968 TV series (Germany)
Peter Cushing Sherlock Holmes 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 (USSR)
Geoffrey Whitehead Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson 1979 TV series
Peter Lawford Fantasy Island - "The Case Against Mr. Roarke/Save Sherlock Holmes" 1982 (American)
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
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Alvin and the Chipmunks - "Elementary, My Dear Simon" 1988 (American)
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)
Robert Webb That Mitchell and Webb Look - "Holmes and Watson" 2007 (British)
David Mitchell That Mitchell and Webb Look - "Old Sherlock Holmes" 2010 (British)
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock 2010-present TV series (BBC)
Alexander Armstrong The Armstrong and Miller Show 2010 TV skit
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)
Ewan Bremner Houdini & Doyle - "Bedlam" 2016 TV series
Mark Caven Houdini & Doyle - "The Pall of LaPier" 2016 TV series

Theatrical films

Name Title Date Type
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 Speckled Band 1912 Short film (British-French)
Silver Blaze 1912 Short film (British-French)
The Beryl Coronet 1912 Short film (British-French)
The Musgrave Ritual 1912 Short film (British-French)
The Reigate Squares 1912 Short film (British-French)
The Stolen Papers 1912 Short film (British-French)
The Mystery of Boscombe Valley 1912 Short film (British-French)
The Copper Beeches 1912 Short film (British-French)
Harry Benham Sherlock Holmes Solves The Sign of the Four[37] 1913 Two reel film (American)
James Bragington A Study in Scarlet 1914 (British)
Francis Ford A Study in Scarlet 1914 (American)
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes 1916 Silent adaptation of the play of the same name (American)
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 Silent adaptation of the play of the same name (American)
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
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 1942
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 House of Fear 1945
The Woman in Green 1945
Pursuit to Algiers 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 (British)
Christopher Lee Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes) 1962 (West German-French-Italian)
John Neville A Study in Terror 1965 (British)
Peter Jeffrey The Best House in London 1969 (British)
Robert Stephens The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970 (American)
Douglas Wilmer The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975 (American)
John Cleese The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It 1977 (British)
Nicol Williamson The Seven-Per-Cent Solution 1976 (American)
Peter Cook The Hound of the Baskervilles 1978 (British)
Christopher Plummer Murder by Decree 1979 (British-Canadian)
Nicholas Rowe Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (American)
Mr. Holmes[38] 2015 Cameo as Holmes in a film-within-the-film (American)
Joaquim de Almeida The Xango from Baker Street (O Xangô de Baker Street) 2001 (Brazil/Portugal)
Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes 2009 (British-American)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 (British-American)
Gary Piquer Holmes & Watson. Madrid Days 2012 (Spanish)
Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes 2015 (American)
Yoshimitsu Takasugi
Chuck Huber
The Empire of Corpses 2015 Anime film (Japanese and English dub, respectively)
Will Ferrell Holmes and Watson[39] 2018 (American)

See also

References

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  12. ^ - Big Finish - Sherlock Holmes
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