No doubt about it...when I first saw Sherlock, I thought, "My God, they've finally gotten it right!" For me, the interest I have in the Sherlock Holmes stories has never been about the Victorian London setting. It's always been about the quickness of Holmes's intellect, and the relationship between Holmes and Watson. And Sherlock nailed those tow elements! Sure, Jeremy Brett may have looked more like Sidney Paget's illustrations, but I don't think any actor has ever captured the character like Cumberbatch has.
I was captivated by Cumberbatch's portrayal instantly, and as I continued to watch the program, I was even more impressed by how he and Martin Freeman captured the Holmes/Watson relationship. That's one area where Sherlock has never been matched. Even the best Watson actors have never been able to balance Holmes. Until Martin Freeman came along...
So that's it: my Top Five Holmes actors. Sorry it took me so long to finish. I've been busy with my Shakespeare blog and some other stuff. I'm sure some people will disagree with my list, but that's okay. Feel free to share your own list in the comments!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.