Of the many literary characters that have been cast in movies, Sherlock Holmes holds a special place for fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective extraordinaire. In fact, the detective holds a Guinness Record as the most portrayed movie character, and is one of the longest living fictional characters.
Over time, several movies and sitcoms have been made, and many illustrious names in the film industry have adopted this daunting personality on screen: right from 1914 to 2015 (Benedict Cumberbatch in 2010, Robert Downey Jr in Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows in 2009, and Roger Moore in 1976 (The Crucifier Of Blood). Along with these actors, here are some of the most memorable names that have portrayed the role of Sherlock Holmes on screen.
- 1939 - Basil RathboneREX
- 1959 - Christopher LeeREX
- 2010 - Benedict CumberbatchBBC
- 1977 - Christopher PlummerREX
- 2015 - Sir Ian McKellenBBC Films/Allstar Picture Library
- 1984 - Jeremy Brett
- 2012 - Jonny Lee MillerBBC America
- 2009 - Robert Downey JrREX
- 1976 - Roger MooreAlamy
- 2004 - Rupert EverettBBC
- 1983 - Tom BakerREX