Jeremy Brett (1933-1995) was Sherlock Holmes. The Definitive Sherlock Holmes. Even now, decades later, he is still remembered as the most faithful adaptation of the Great Detective.Brett was an English actor who appeared on both stage and screen. He worked with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre and in a film production of The Merchant of Venice, he starred as Audrey Hepburn's brother in an adaptation of War and Peace, he starred as Audrey Hepburn's Love Interest in My Fair Lady, he played d'Artagnan in a television series of The Three Musketeers, he played Basil Hallward in a television series of The Picture of Dorian Gray, but it is for Sherlock Holmes that he will be remembered.Between 1984 and 1994, Granada produced adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous stories with Brett in the title role. They were:
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: where he was joined by David Burke as a capable Dr Watson more in keeping with Doyle's depiction of him;
- The Return Of Sherlock Holmes: Edward Hardwicke replaced Burke as Watson continuing the faithful portrayal of Holmes's sidekick. Included two feature length adaptations of the novels The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles;
- The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes;
- The Master Blackmailer: a feature-length adaptation of The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton;
- The Last Vampyre: a feature-length adaptation of The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire;
- The Eligible Bachelor: a feature-length adaptation of The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (with bits of The Veiled Lodger thrown in);
- The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes: Brett's last series, which was marked by his drastically failing health;
Tropes relating to Jeremy Brett:
- Adorkable: As Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady.
- Amicable Exes: With his first wife, actress Anna Massey. Although they divorced after he had realised his bisexuality and fallen in love with another man, the split was entirely amicable, and they remained friends for the rest of their lives.
- Badass Baritone
- Bi the Way
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He played several villains, mostly for television - including The Incredible Hulk. Of course, the people who worked with him talk about him as being one of the sweetest guys you could ever meet.
- Milking the Giant Cow: One of the trademarks of his Holmes, with a basis in the canon.
- Non-Singing Voice: As Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, which is an especially weird example considering that Brett could actually sing.
- Signature Laugh: He had a very distinct and infectious laugh. Seriously, listen to it. Edward Hardwicke said it was the thing he would most remember and miss about him.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Reality Subtext / The Power of Friendship: Jeremy and Edward were best friends in real life, and it really showed in their performance.
- What Could Have Been: Was once considered for the part of James Bond.
But still the game's afoot for those with ears, attuned to catch the distant view-halloo...