Top Ten Best Actors Who Played Sherlock Holmes


The Top Ten

1 Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio.

Benedict is good but PLEASE check a couple of episodes from GRANADA's Sherlock Holmes (starring Jeremy Brett) before voting. Brett is my favorite by far and I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan from Greece.

This, I feel is the best casting choice of all time. I know that sounds dramatic and I know I could be confused for some of the crazy Sherlock fan girls but I'm not. I love this show and performance.

Benedict cumberbatch can't be compared with other sherlock holms. He is amazing

Finest of all

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2 Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr. Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

It's almost a hybrid of Iron Man and Catain Jack Sparrow. (I would argue that Robert Downey Jr would make an even better Jack Sparrow than Johnny Depp)

I think his performance is perfect

Robert Downey Jr channeling Johnny Depp is much more entertaining than Benedict Cumberboredem.

He gave new life to that musty, old stereotype of a character.

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3 Jeremy Brett

Brett is clearly the best. Cumberbatch is first because he is most recent! Love Jeremy! The real Sherlock Holmes!

Cumberbatch on top? Has anyone even seen Brett perform. He is the real life Sherlock Holmes.

You know as a reader, I vote him for being loyal to the stories. I straight up hate Cumberbatch and only sort of like RD Jr.

Best actor, he is Sherlock Holmes.

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4 Basil Rathbone
5 Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing looks just right for the role. He's the most accurate looking actor to how Arthur Conan Doyle thought the character was like.

His voice, energy and posture are also perfect.

6 John Cleese John Cleese John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report.

Ha ha ha! Very funny, very funny!

Now get him off this list.

7 Vasily Livanov

His voice and manners make him the best actor who has ever played Sherlock Holmes.

Best Sherlock Holmes ever! - Merkwurdigliebe

8 Robert Stephens
9 Jonny Lee Miller

Nope! No! NO! Just terrible.

10 Tom Baker Tom Baker Thomas Stewart Baker is an English actor. He is best known as the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the science fiction series Doctor Who from 1974 to 1981, a longer tenure than any other actor, and for the narration of the comedy series Little Britain.

The Contenders

11 Michael Caine Michael Caine

A very funny version of Sherlock Holmes.

12 Rupert Everett Rupert Everett Rupert James Hector Everett (born 29 May 1959) is an English actor and writer. He first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell's play and subsequent film Another Country (1984) as an openly gay pupil at an English public school in the 1930s; the role earned him his first more.
13 Christopher Lee Christopher Lee Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (1922-2015) was an English actor, singer, and author. He was best known for his villainous roles in films such as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit more.
14 Christopher Plummer Christopher Plummer
15 Johnny Depp Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.

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16 Will Ferrell Will Ferrell John William "Will" Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live.
17 Ian McKellen Ian McKellen Sir Ian Murray McKellen is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards. V 2 Comments
18 Peter O'Toole Peter O'Toole Peter James O'Toole was a British stage and film actor of Irish descent. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company before making his film debut in 1959.

He voiced Holmes in several animated films - 445956

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Robert Downey Jr.
2. Benedict Cumberbatch
3. Jonny Lee Miller
1. Peter Cushing
2. Christopher Lee
3. Robert Downey Jr.
1. Benedict Cumberbatch
2. Robert Downey Jr.
3. John Cleese

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