It is a mystery worthy of a determined sleuth: When exactly is Sherlock Holmes’s birthday? So what if he is a fictional character? So what if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle…
“Earlier this month Jeremy Brett would have turned 78. Despite having a very varied and distinguished career as an actor, he is invariably best know for playing Sherlock Holmes in the Granada series. For me personally, he was and always will be; THE Victorian Sherlock Holmes.
He was mesmerizing in the role, a charismatic and talented actor who brought a multi faceted and certainly immensely challenging character to life, capturing his essence in a way I believe had never been done before so completely. He has ruined me for any other actor to play the role in period and when I reread the canon now I hear Jeremy’s voice in my head speaking Sherlock’s lines, not because I am most familiar with his version, but because his portrayal embodies Holmes’ character so completely.
It was Jeremy Brett who brought Sherlock Holmes into my life and as the founder of Sherlockology, I owe him a great deal. Were it not for him, I would not have watched that first episode on BBC One in July 2010 of ‘Sherlock: A Study in Pink’ and thus Sherlockology would never have come about. Therefore, I would like to indulge in a little tribute to the magnificently sublime and forever missed, Jeremy Brett.”
– Jules, Team Sherlockology
As Watson bellows Holmes’s name repeatedly over the falls, we see Holmes clinging to the hillside some distance away, watching his friend. At one moment it almost seems as though he is about to respond with a cry of ‘Watson’, but then he stops himself. Brett explained:
‘That was deliberate. It wasn’t in the script but I just wanted to show that Holmes had affections for Watson and for a fleeting second they almost get the better of his practical mind. But they don’t. [Large Brett grin.] It is a moment.’"