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The top 10 portrayals of Sherlock Holmes
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Cut and pasted from the Den of Geek! Website:

Many actors have attempted to fill the shoes of Sherlock Holmes, but who pulled off the best portrayal of the Baker Street detective? Here’s Alex Westthorp's top 10 list ...

It was 125 years ago that a young Scottish physician called Arthur Conan Doyle wrote some stories about a master detective, mainly to amuse himself between appointments at his surgery. His creation, Sherlock Holmes, loosely based on his mentor, forensic surgeon Joseph Bell, first appeared in the 1887 Beeton’s Christmas Annual, in a story called A Study In Scarlet.

The maverick detective has since appeared numerous times in films and on television, portrayed by a cornucopia of eccentric actors from around the world, though chiefly from Britain and America.

Follow the link to see Alex's top 10 and to have your say:
http://www.denofgeek.com/television/1206230/the_top_10_portrayals_of_sherlock_holmes.html

Raks's Reaction

I think EVERYONE knows who my favourite is ...

My favourite Sherlock in the traditional deerstalker:


Photo credit: http://www.johnwatsonblog.co.uk/blog/19december

My favourite Sherlock in The Coat, which has replaced the deerstalker as THE must have Sherlock fashion accessory!


Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/sherlock-production-stills/

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For canon Holmes I have to vote for Jeremy Brett. Don't shoot me, but he was pitch perfect in the early Granada series and when I saw him he brought the books alive for me. But for an out of era adaptation, clearly there's no contest. And actually Benedict does look much better than Jeremy ever did in a deerstalker – which is saying something 'cos Jeremy was an extremely handsome man before illness took its toll. :-))

Why would I shoot you? Everyone has their own opinion which they are entitled to, and this is SUPPOSED to be a democracy!

One of my favourite Directors at the Home Office was a Sherlockian, and although he loved Sherlock and Benedict, he had lost his heart to Brett. And that is fair enough.

I did not see the Brett version when it was on the TV. I have seen them now. Whilst Brett's performance is outstanding, for me, now, the series looks very dated and the some of the acting is decidedly hammy. I only started watching the Brett series after Sherlock.

I didn't see the Granada series until I bought the dvd set a couple of years ago, but I totally fell in love with Jeremy Brett when I started to watch. His was the first portrayal I ever saw, so I suppose he just inhabited the canon character for me. As usual however there were beneficial side effects to my crush. For example I would never have read War and Peace without the vision of a very young and handsome Jeremy playing Nicholas Rostov in the 1956 film version in my mind's eye. ;-)

So we are as bad as eachother!


I'm way behind on a lot of adult film and tv due to the lost years of parenthood when all I watched was Disney... or so it seemed. That's my excuse! Although actually, to be honest, I hardly saw any telly when I lived and worked in London either. Too many other things going on! Now that my life is less frenetic, I'm catching up a little. :-)

You are MORE than catching up dear!

What I am however failing to do is make my husband and son their dinner. Must go now or men will starve! :-))

Let them starve! Or eat cake!

whitehead will always be my favorite Holmes, although you cant say hes a typical one (for first he's a redhead), but it was first series in watched back in Poland when i was 10 or so, and i fell in love with Sherlock Holmes then. so Donald Pickering as Watson and Geoffrey whitehead as Holmes, i always end up imagining them when reading anything canon :D

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