Almost twenty have passed since Jeremy Brett died in September 1995. Although he is, of course, best remembered for his role as Sherlock Holmes, which he played to perfection – the very embodiment of the Sydney Paget drawings and very true to the character of Sherlock Holmes that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created– it was by no means his only work. Jeremy Brett had a long and rich acting career, starting in 1954 and ending with his death in 1995. This is a total of 41 years!
Jeremy Brett was an extremely versatile actor, his performances ranging from classic Shakespeare plays such as Macbeth and Hamlet, and on-screen period dramas such as Florence Nightingale (1985), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1963 & 1976) and The Good Soldier (1981), to thriller appearances in The Secret of Seagull Island (1980) and The Baron (1965). And who could possibly forget the musical My Fair Lady (1964), familiar to filmgoers around the world to this day? But Jeremy’s skills also included a powerful and remarkable singing voice, which he demonstrated perfectly in Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow (1968). In 1995 Jeremy appeared on screen for one last time, in Moll Flanders (1995). Although very ill at the time and despite him having only a small part in the film, his skill and presence still shone through.
Of course, it was Jeremy’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes which gained him international stardom as he appeared in the Granada television series from 1984 to 1994. His attention to detail and will to remain faithful to the original stories penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made his Sherlock quite attractive to many people. But he also brought all of his skills as an actor into play, creating an eccentric, dark, witty and intelligent character that for many, turned him into the Definitive Sherlock Holmes.
Despite Jeremy Brett’s long career, skills and success as Sherlock Holmes, he has never actually been officially recognised for his contribution to the world of acting. Several campaigns, which will be highlighted on this site in the coming months, have attempted to rectify this oversight, without success. He has however remained fondly loved in the hearts and minds that he captured all those years ago, and continues to make a firm mark on those newly introduced to his craft. We sincerely hope that this website will be a testament to the admiration that, even in spirit, he continues to conjure.