Who in your opinion is the best live-action Sherlock Holmes? There have been a lot of actors in the role of the legendary grandmaster detective (Wilmer, Cushing, Caine, Lee, Plummer, etc), but I’ve chosen the most notable actors on the poll. Rathbone – the first and definitely the most renowned Holmes. His lean hawkish looks and his lecturer approach in logically deducing the pieces of the puzzles set the precedent for future Sherlocks. Brett – the Holmes of the 1980s BBC show. He brought Holmes to faithful, fantastic life, as if he’d stepped out of Doyle’s pages himself. RDJ – he brings his own idiosyncrasy to the role, with the ability to see everything and miss nothing, and to think ahead of his opponents (most of them anyway) and outwit them. But admittedly RDJ Holmes is basically 18th-century English Tony Stark sans armour and with amped intelligence. Cumberbatch – An updated version of the character, being a consulting detective with a hint of sociopathy. He’s excellent, but perhaps just a bit too "Hannibal"-esque and handsome for the role – it’s not a criticism, but every girl in my community fawns on every Cumberbatch feature... I’d have to say Brett. Rathbone is my favourite, but Brett took the role of Holmes with utmost dedication and seriousness, and made it his own. He prepared an extensive biography of the character, and obsessed over him to the point where he himself could not tell whether he or Holmes was the role being played. This level of dedication paid off, and his performance as Holmes is recognized as one of the best ever. My most favourite Holmes of all time would have to be this version though: Sherlock Holmes English Opening - YouTube Seriously, why can’t Miyazaki return to TV?