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Jeremy Brett in the role of Sherlock Holmes.

Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins) (November 3, 1933 - September 12, 1995) was a British actor.

Brett was born in Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England. He was educated at Eton College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He played many classical roles on stage, including a huge amount of Shakespeare, and made his first film and television appearances in 1955. In 1958, he married the actress, Anna Massey (daughter of Raymond Massey), but they were divorced in 1962. Years later, they would appear together in the BBC's dramatization of Rebecca (1978) -- Brett playing the hero, Max de Winter, and Massey playing the sinister Mrs. Danvers.

In 1976 he married Joan Wilson, but she died in 1985, and he did not remarry.

From the early 1960s onwards, Brett was rarely off British television screens. He played leading roles in many classic serials, notably appearing as D'Artagnan in the 1966 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Many of his appearances were in comedy roles, but usually with a classic edge (he appeared in several Noel Coward plays). He joked that he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day.

Brett's film career was never as distinguished as his stage and small-screen careers. He played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 film My Fair Lady, but his singing voice was dubbed. Brett could sing, however, as he proved when he played Danilo in The Merry Widow on television in 1968.

Although he appeared in so many films and was such a familiar face on television, Brett is now best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a long series of television films (from 1984 to 1994), based on the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. After taking on the role, he made few appearances out of character and is considered the Sherlock Holmes of the 1980s and 1990s, as Basil Rathbone had been before him from his 1940s films. He died of heart failure in London.


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He died of heart failure in London. Other comic roles include the lead role in sitcom The Peter Principle and occasional guest appearances in Not The Nine O'Clock News. After taking on the role, he made few appearances out of character and is considered the Sherlock Holmes of the 1980s and 1990s, as Basil Rathbone had been before him from his 1940s films. He had originally been offered the lead role of Del Trotter in the series, but turned it down due to other commitments. Although he appeared in so many films and was such a familiar face on television, Brett is now best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes in a long series of television films (from 1984 to 1994), based on the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. The character appeared in three episodes over an eight-year period. Brett could sing, however, as he proved when he played Danilo in The Merry Widow on television in 1968. He is best known to television audiences as DCI Roy 'The Slag' Slater, an associate character in the enormously popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

He played Freddie Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 film My Fair Lady, but his singing voice was dubbed. He is regarded as the one of the cinema's most reliable character actors and has a reputation of being very easy to work with. Brett's film career was never as distinguished as his stage and small-screen careers. 2001 proved to be a breakthrough year for Broadbent, who starred in three of the year's most succesful films: Bridget Jones' Diary (2001), Moulin Rouge (2001), for which he won a BAFTA and Iris (2001), for which won an Oscar for his portrayal of John Bayley. He joked that he was rarely allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day. He proved his ability as a character actor in films including The Crying Game (1992), Enchanted April (1992), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), The Borrowers (1997) and Little Voice (1998) before taking a leading role in another Mike Leigh film, Topsy-Turvy (1999). Many of his appearances were in comedy roles, but usually with a classic edge (he appeared in several Noel Coward plays). He went on to work with Stephen Frears (for television, and in The Hit (1984)) and Terry Gilliam (in Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985)) before establishing himself in Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet (1990).

He played leading roles in many classic serials, notably appearing as D'Artagnan in the 1966 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. He made his film debut in 1978 with a tiny role in Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout, and made his television debut the following year. From the early 1960s onwards, Brett was rarely off British television screens. He also founded the comedy group, the National Theatre of Brent with Patrick Barlow. In 1976 he married Joan Wilson, but she died in 1985, and he did not remarry. He graduated in 1972 and went on to work for the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as acting in Ken Campbell's epic Illuminatus (1976). Danvers. Born in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, the son of a furniture maker (his twin sister died at birth), he was educated at a Quaker school in Reading and briefly attended art college before transferring to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Years later, they would appear together in the BBC's dramatization of Rebecca (1978) -- Brett playing the hero, Max de Winter, and Massey playing the sinister Mrs. Jim Broadbent (born May 24, 1949) is an English television and film actor. In 1958, he married the actress, Anna Massey (daughter of Raymond Massey), but they were divorced in 1962. He played many classical roles on stage, including a huge amount of Shakespeare, and made his first film and television appearances in 1955. He was educated at Eton College and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Brett was born in Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England. Jeremy Brett (born Peter Jeremy William Huggins) (November 3, 1933 - September 12, 1995) was a British actor.

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