Sherlock Holmes

Hardly needing an introduction - Holmes is one of our most successful licensed characters, known and loved the world over. He is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.

Widely considered a British cultural icon, Sherlock Holmes is arguably the best known fictional detective with Guinness World Records listing him as the "most portrayed movie character" in history.

Holmes Facts


The year of the first Sherlock Holmes license which was granted to William Gillette for his play ‘Sherlock Holmes’ on Broadway. It was successful on both sides of the Atlantic during the years that followed. The license was granted by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Number of episodes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes made and starring Jeremy Brett.


The first Sherlock Holmes appearance on television was an experimental dramatisation of "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs" on the NBC network in the United States in 1937, with Louis Hector as Holmes. Authorised by Conan Doyle's widow Jean.

Portrayed by

To date, Arthur Conan Doyle's characters have been translated onto the page, into products and onto the screen by Hollywood and beyond. Here are just a few of the interpretations of this original Arthur Conan Doyle character over the years. Work with us to create the next version of this fascinating character.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock, BBC (2015)

Robert Downey Jr.

Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros (2009)

Jeremy Brett

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Granada (1984)

Basil Rathbone

The Hound of Baskervilles (1939)

John Neville

A Study In Terror (1965)

Arthur Wontner

The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935)

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