20 Greatest Portrayals of Sherlock Holmes

17. Nicol Williamson

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Nicol Williamson played a manic, troubled Holmes in a very different adaptation – The Seven-Per-Cent Solution sees Holmes examined by famed psychologist Sigmund Freud who endeavours to uncover the detective’s dark past.

 

16. Ian Richardson

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Respected thespian Ian Richardson (who starred in the original House of Cards) starred as Sherlock in two TV films in the 80s. He also played Holmes’s real-life inspiration – Dr Joseph Bell – in the 2002 series Murder Rooms.

 

15. Tom Baker

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Former Doctor Who Tom Baker swapped his long scarf for a deerstalker in a TV mini series based on The Hound of the Baskervilles. Interestingly, Baker plays a more subdued and serious Holmes than you might expect.

 

14. Christopher Lee

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Horror icon Lee played Sherlock Holmes three times over his long and illustrious career – once in 1960s Italian film Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace and in two TV movies featuring an older Holmes in the 1990s.

 

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