22/07/2015 3:55 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

11 Actors Who Made The Best Sherlock Holmes Of All Time

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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 Rathbone
    1939 - Basil Rathbone
    REX
  • 1959 - Christopher Lee
    1959 - Christopher Lee
    REX
  • 2010 - Benedict Cumberbatch
    2010 - Benedict Cumberbatch
    BBC
  • 1977 - Christopher Plummer
    1977 - Christopher Plummer
    REX
  • 2015 - Sir Ian McKellen
    2015 - Sir Ian McKellen
    BBC Films/Allstar Picture Library
  • 1984 - Jeremy Brett
    1984 - Jeremy Brett
  • 2012 - Jonny Lee Miller
    2012 - Jonny Lee Miller
    BBC America
  • 2009 - Robert Downey Jr
    2009 - Robert Downey Jr
    REX
  • 1976 - Roger Moore
    1976 - Roger Moore
    Alamy
  • 2004 - Rupert Everett
    2004 - Rupert Everett
    BBC
  • 1983 - Tom Baker
    1983 - Tom Baker
    REX

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