Eille Norwood

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Eille Norwood aka Sherlock Holmes

Eille Norwood (11 October 1861 - 24 December 1948) was a British actor who spent most of his screen career playing Sherlock Holmes.

He was born Anthony Edward Brett in York, England. From 1921 to 1923 he played Holmes in forty-seven silent films (45 shorts and 2 features) directed by Maurice Elvey and George Ridgwell. Hubert Willis played Watson in nearly all these films. For the final Holmes film, however, Hubert Willis was replaced by Arthur Cullin. Given that some Sherlock Holmes stories had not even been written yet, Norwood stands as the actor who played Holmes the most times in existing stories.[citation needed]


  • Conan Doyle himself admired Norwood's portrayal, saying: "His wonderful impersonation of Holmes has amazed me."[1]

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  • Barnes, Alan. Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Richmond, Surrey: Reynolds and Hearn Ltd., 2002.

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