Second in a series of short tributes to well-known people called Jeremy
With the BBC’s Sherlock on our screens, it’s worth reminding ourselves just how great Jeremy Brett was, both in and out of the role. Brett was a truly fine actor and one of British television’s most recognisable faces, having put his sharp features and that extraordinary voice to devilish use as a variety of dastardly villains in some magnificent cult ITC series like The Protectors, The Baron and The Champions. Indeed, he was rarely off the TV as a character actor from the 1960s onwards.
Naturally, he is best remembered for his exquisite portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in Granada Television’s The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes between 1984 and 1994. To many, he was the definitive Holmes of his era. Certainly, for an ITV programme, it was practically unmissable and the programmes easily stand up as dramas today.
Brett was, of course, one of those British actors – the type who would automatically be linked with what I call the holy trinity of British acting roles: Sherlock, James Bond and Doctor Who. Continue reading