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23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Who has done the best role of Sherlock Holmes on film or stage?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.

Peter Cushing
Cushing's Sherlock is a powerful and important addition to the cannon. The actor first played Sherlock in the 1959 film The Hound of the Baskervilles. He went on to portray the detective in the 1968 BBC series Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, replacing Douglas Wilmer. Cushing's high cheekbones and gaunt appearance were uniquely Sherlock-ian, and, per Screen Rant, he played on the character's "arrogance and impulse" in his memorable performance.
none of these
no opinion
Benedict Cumberbatch
The Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century. This Sherlock uses modern technology as well as traditional deductive reasoning. His excellent rapport with Watson, played by Martin Freeman, has launched this Sherlock portrayal into the realm of the iconic.
this is ridiculous
not my genre
not my genre
not my cup of tea
not my cup of tea
Basil Rathbone
The quintessential Sherlock Hilmes. The Sherlock that immediately comes to mind when one pictures the famous detective. Rathbone made 14 Sherlock Holmes movies, starting with The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1939. His famous, pipe-smoking silhouette immediately conjures the character. In many ways, Rathbone set the Sherlock portrayal precedent for all who followed.
Jeremy Brett
The incredible Jeremy Brett is considered by many to have given the best Sherlock Holmes portrayal to date. Brett's obsessive method acting allowed him to embody the character of Sherlock Holmes with a degree of skill and nuance that most agree simply cannot be topped. Brett, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was also personally familiar with some of the mania present in Sherlock's character, lending his portrayal extra resonance.
Robert Downey Jr.
His Holmes is not everyone's cup of tea. But the gritty and steampunkish films are a interesting reinterpretation.