No actor ever looked more like Holmes than Jeremy Brett. In fact, if you were to compare Brett to the Sidney Paget illustrations that accompanied Doyle’s original stories, you might start believing in time travel. Although he only portrayed Holmes for 10 years (1984 to 1994), the prolific Brett has left an indelible legacy on the character. In fact, many Holmes enthusiasts and scholars point to the Granada Television films that starred Brett and Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson as the single best adaptations of Doyle’s work. Brett often said that playing Holmes was the hardest challenge of his career, and watching him age and weaken throughout the series is a testament to such dedication. Tragically, Brett died in 1995 as a result of his scarred heart valves, thus depriving the world of more brilliant performances.