Actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of 'Sherlock Holmes' in the television series by Granada (considered by many to be the most definitive portrayal of Holmes ever done). He was the first actor to attempt to portray all of the stories of Sherlock Holmes as written by the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Born Peter Jeremy William Huggins, in Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England, the son of British Army Colonel Henry William Huggins and Elizabeth Edith Cadbury Butler, he attended Eton Military College, but soon caught the acting bug, and began his career in the movie "Svengali" (1954), adopting the stage name, Jeremy Brett. Typical of an English actor, he played many Shakespearian roles, including the role of 'Paris' in "Romeo and Juliet" (1955), and that of 'Malcolm' in "Macbeth" (1960). In 1964, he played 'Freddy Eynsford-Hill' in "My Fair Lady" opposite Audrey Hepburn, and got the attention of critics. His best work, for which he is almost universally acclaimed, is for his role in the Granada television series of the stories of Sherlock Holmes, which began in 1984, and was shown on United States television in the Masterpiece Theatre series. He took the role when he learned that no one had ever attempted to do all of the stories of Holmes as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As the series became a hit with the public, children saw Holmes as a Victorian superhero, and it troubled him that Doyle had written Holmes as a cocaine user. He wrote to Doyle's daughter, and obtained permission to have Holmes overcome his addiction, which was signified with Holmes burying his syringe in the episode "The Devil's Foot," the only significant departure from the Doyle stories. His wife, Joan Wilson Huggins, died in July 1985, and it left a noticeable affect upon his acting, but did not lose him the public's admiration, and he continued making the Sherlock Holmes stories up until his death. He died in London, England, in September 1995 of a sudden and unexpected heart attack.
Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson