Jeremy Brett

Jeremy Brett


11/3/1933, Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England, UK



Birth Name

Peter Jeremy William Huggins


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He was a big hit as Freddie Eynsford-Hill opposite Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film version of My Fair Lady, and he had a 40-year long career on stage and screen. But Brett is best known for his uncanny portrayal of the master detective Sherlock Holmes in several…more


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    • Jeremy Brett: To everyone who has worked on these films of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in the past decade, only one can express how I feel: Bravo! Holmes has finally given me recognition as a real actor, not just an aging pretty face.

    • Jeremy Brett: (On Sherlock Holmes) I no longer feel threatened by Holmes, in fact I really enjoy playing him. Holmes is an upholder of the law, and he has a magnetism and mental genius that have been compulsive for people throughout the last hundred years. I was astounded when I realised how attractive he is to them (women). You'd never suspect it for one moment from the books. Girls long to seduce him.

    • Jeremy Brett: Onward and upward. (His personal motto).

    • Jeremy Brett: I would love to do some comedy. To make people laugh is the greatest gift of all.

    • Jeremy Brett (After his breakdown): Don't be too brave. Bravery is a fine thing on some occasions, but sometimes it can be quite a dangerous thing. The stiff upper lip is not always the best.

    • Jeremy Brett (on his wife, Joan Wilson): We had a once-in-a-lifetime love. She was an incredible person, the best wife a man could have. This was the kind of relationship where I would start a sentence and she would finish it. Sometimes you can see behind somebody's eyes and feel as if you have known them all your life. That's how it was.

    • Jeremy Brett (on working with Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, 1964): Audrey really is a darling. There's something wonderful about her that no man can explain, but every man can feel.

    • Jeremy Brett (On Mad Dogs and Englishmen, 1995): I was mad to do it, but I wanted to show the world that I was still alive and I could do other things apart from Sherlock Holmes. I hope they don't release it.

    • Jeremy Brett: It's very rare I've been able to get into the 20th century. When I turn from 1899 to 1900 I jump for joy. I did in Rebecca, I got into the '30's then. I have done some modern stuff but I'm so thrilled I over-act like crazy. I've got pockets! I'm so used to wearing tights all the time that when I put my hands in my pockets I nearly fall over. I'm so unused to playing a modern guy. It all started because I was a classical actor, I was trained that way. When I left drama school, I wanted to do Shakespeare, I loved the words, I really fell in love with them, I loved the sound of them. So, most of my training was classical.

    • Jeremy Brett: People living in Hollywood have to stay home if they're in a foul mood; anything outside the home is potential publicity.

    • Jeremy Brett: Maggie Smith used to have excellent skin. Have you seen her face lately? In a few more years, they'll have to unfold it to find out who she used to be.

  • He IS Sherlock Holmes!

    There have been a few actors I've liked as Sherlock Holmes (James D'Arcy & Rupert Everett) just to name a couple, but they pale in comparison to Jeremy Brett. I watched the Sherlock Holmes series when I was a kid & later as an adult & he's the reason I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. I wish they still showed them here. Thankfully they're on DVD now & hopefully 1 day I'll be able to afford to get them. Hopefully I'll be able to afford to get the books too. It is sad he's gone cause there will never be another like him.moreless
  • One of the best actors, and my personal favorite. You will always recognize his distinctive voice-the way he rolls his 'R's. He had Sherlock Holmes down to a science, and after you see him perform, you will always picture Mr. Brett as 'THE' Holmes.moreless

    I first saw Jeremy as Sherlock Holmes on a DVD of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." He was totally manic, a ball of energy, egotistical and could go from abusing Watson one minute to not being able to be without him the next. Seeing him was the first time I ever found a Holmes that matched how he was written-as a trouble genius. Brilliant, but needy at the same time. Jeremy Brett had so many of his own demons to deal with, it leads many people to say that he was "channeling" Holmes' spirit.

    My only criticism is that there are so few opportunities to see Jeremy, as many of his works are not released on tape or DVD yet. He is absolutely adorable as Freddy in "My Fair Lady" and for those who wish to see him in his prime, then try and locate a copy of "An Ideal Husband," a BBC play of the week from the early 80's, before Sherlock Holmes. His voice, and occasional over-the-top mannerisms (watch how he uses his hands) and especially his whip-fast grins make him such a special actor and so enjoyable to watch.moreless