List of actors who have played Sherlock Holmes

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The list of actors who have played Sherlock Holmes in film, television, stage, or radio includes:

Name Title Date Type
Sir Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes 2015 Film
Simon Michael Morgan Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol 2013 stage (Britain)
Julien Masdoua Le Cabaret Sherlock Holmes 2013 stage (France)
Benjamin Lawlor The Hound of the Baskervilles 2013 Stage (UK)
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock 2010–present TV series (BBC)
Jonny Lee Miller Elementary[1] 2012–present TV series (American)
Igor Petrenko Sherlock Holmes 2012 TV series (Russian)
Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) 2009, 2011 film
Alexander Armstrong The Armstrong and Miller Show 2010 TV skit
Ben Syder Sherlock Holmes 2010 film
David Mitchell That Mitchell and Webb LookOld Sherlock Holmes[2] 2010 TV skit
Nicholas Briggs Sherlock Holmes – Holmes and the Ripper[3] 2010 audio drama (Big Finish Productions)
Roger Llewellyn Sherlock Holmes – The Death and Life,[4] Sherlock Holmes – The Last Act[5] 2009 audio dramas (Big Finish Productions)
Paul Singleton The Blue Carbuncle 2007–2008 stage (Off Broadway, Los Angeles)
Jonathan Pryce Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars 2007 film
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen The Blue Carbuncle 2007 children's audio drama (Danish)
Clive Merrison The entire canon - the only actor to do so[6] 1989–2004 radio series (BBC)
Rupert Everett Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking 2004 TV film
James D'Arcy Sherlock: Case of Evil 2002 TV film
Matt Frewer The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000), The Royal Scandal (2001), The Sign of Four (2001), The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire (2002) 2000–2002 TV films
Richard Roxburgh The Hound of the Baskervilles 2002 TV film
Joaquim de Almeida The Xango from Baker Street (O Xangô de Baker Street) 2001 film
Roy Hudd The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1999 radio series (BBC)
Jason Gray-Stanford Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century 1996 TV series (animated)
Jeremy Brett The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1984–1994 TV series
Anthony Higgins Sherlock Holmes Returns 1993 TV film
Brent Spiner Star Trek: The Next GenerationLonely Among Us, Elementary, Dear Data, Ship in a Bottle 1987, 1988, 1993 TV episodes
Patrick Macnee The Hound of London 1993 TV film
Christopher Lee Incident at Victoria Falls (1991), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1992) 1991–1992 TV film
Charlton Heston The Crucifer of Blood 1991 TV film
Edward Woodward Hands of a Murderer 1990 TV film
Frank Langella Sherlock's Last Case 1990 stage (Broadway)
Jeremy Brett The Secret of Sherlock Holmes 1988–89 stage (touring, British)
Ron Moody Sherlock Holmes: The Musical 1989 stage
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Alvin and the ChipmunksElementary, My Dear Simon 1988 TV episode
Michael Caine Without a Clue 1988 film
Time Winters Sherlock Holmes and the Hands of Othello 1987 stage (Off-Off Broadway, NY)
Michael Pennington The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1987 TV film
Vasily Livanov The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson 1979–1986 TV series
Nicholas Rowe Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 film
Peter Cushing The Masks of Death 1984 TV film
Keith Baxter The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes (1980, Off-Broadway), Murder, My Dear Watson (1983, England) 1980, 1983 stage
Ian Richardson The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles 1983 TV films
Peter O'Toole Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear, Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four, Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse 1983 animated films
Guy Henry Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House 1982 TV series
Paul Singleton Grit in a Sensitive Instrument 1980, 1982 stage (regional theatre, Off-Broadway), cable TV
Peter Lawford Fantasy IslandThe Case Against Mr. Roarke/Save Sherlock Holmes 1982 TV episode
Tom Baker The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 TV serial
Charlton Heston The Crucifer of Blood 1981 stage (Los Angeles)
Frank Langella Sherlock Holmes 1981 TV film
Geoffrey Whitehead Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson 1980 TV series
Algimantas Masiulis Blue Carbuncle 1979 film (Belarusfilm)
Keith Michell The Crucifer of Blood 1979 stage (London)
Paxton Whitehead The Crucifer of Blood 1978 stage (Broadway)
Peter Cook The Hound of the Baskervilles 1978 film
Christopher Plummer Silver Blaze (1977), Murder by Decree (1979) 1977–1979 film
John Cleese The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It 1977 film Elementary, My Dear Watson 1973 TV film
Larry Hagman The Return of the World's Greatest Detective 1976 TV movie
John Wood Sherlock Holmes 1974–1976 stage (Broadway)
Leonard Nimoy Sherlock Holmes 1976 stage (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Nicol Williamson The Seven-Per-Cent Solution 1976 film
Roger Moore Sherlock Holmes in New York 1976 TV film
Douglas Wilmer The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975 film
John Neville Sherlock Holmes 1973 (~) stage (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Stewart Granger The Hound of the Baskervilles 1972 TV film
George C. Scott They Might Be Giants 1971 film
Robert Stephens The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970 film
Carleton Hobbs 56 stories from the Sherlock Holmes canon[7] 1952–1969 radio (BBC series)
Peter Cushing Sherlock Holmes 1965–1968 TV series
Douglas Wilmer Sherlock Holmes 1965 TV series
Fritz Weaver Baker Street 1965 stage musical (Broadway Theatre, NYC)
John Neville A Study in Terror 1965 film
Christopher Lee Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes) 1962 film
Peter Cushing The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 film
Ronald Howard Sherlock Holmes 1954–1955 TV series
Basil Rathbone SuspenseThe Adventure of the Black Baronet 1953 TV episode
Alan Wheatley Sherlock Holmes 1951 TV series (BBC)
John Longden The Man Who Disappeared 1951 TV episode
Alan Napier Your Show TimeThe Speckled Band 1949 TV episode
John Gielgud The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[8] 1939–1947 radio
Cedric Hardwicke The Speckled Band 1945 radio (BBC)
Basil Rathbone The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943), Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943), Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943), The Pearl of Death (1944), The Scarlet Claw (1944), The Spider Woman (1944), Pursuit to Algiers (1945), The Woman in Green (1945), The House of Fear (1945), Terror By Night (1946), Dressed to Kill (1946) 1939–1946 film
Hans Albers The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war) 1937 film
Reginald Owen A Study in Scarlet 1933 film
Arthur Wontner The Sleeping Cardinal (1931 film), The Sign of Four (1932 film), The Missing Rembrandt (1932 - *LOST*), The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935), Silver Blaze (1937) 1931–1937 film
Tod Slaughter Sherlock Holmes 1930 (~) stage
Clive Brook The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929), Sherlock Holmes (1932) 1929–1932 film
Robert Rendel The Hound of the Baskervilles 1932 film
Raymond Massey The Speckled Band 1931 film
Carlyle Blackwell Der Hund von Baskerville 1929 film
Eille Norwood The Hound of the Baskervilles (1921), The Sign of the Four (1923), 45 shorts 1921–1923 film
John Barrymore Sherlock Holmes 1922 film
Hugo Flink Der Erdstrommotor, Der Schlangenring, Die Kassette 1917 film (German)
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes 1916 film
Alwin Neuß Sherlock Holmes (1908), Detektiv Braun (1914), Der Hund von Baskerville (1914) 1908–1914 film
Mack Sennett The $500 Reward[9] 1911 film
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes 1899 stage (Broadway)
Károly Baumann Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Hochmec [10] 1905 stage and film (Hungary)