The following is a list of actors who have played Dr. Watson in various media.

Radio and audio dramas

Name Title Date Type
F. H. Oliver The Sign of the Four[1] 1922 Radio (WGY)
Leigh Lovell The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[2] 1930–1935 Radio (NBC Blue Network)
Reginald Mason Lux Radio Theatre – "Sherlock Holmes"[3] 1935 Radio adaptation of the play (NBC)
Harry West The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[2] 1936 Radio (Mutual, NBC)
Ray Collins The Mercury Theatre on the Air – "Sherlock Holmes" 1938 Radio adaptation of the play (CBS)
Nigel Bruce The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1940–1947 Radio (Mutual, ABC)
Carleton Hobbs The Boscombe Valley Mystery[4] 1943 BBC Home Service
Ralph Truman My Dear Watson[4] 1943 BBC Home Service
Finlay Currie The Adventure of the Speckled Band (two productions)[5] 1945, 1948 BBC Home Service
Norman Shelley Silver Blaze[5] 1945 BBC Home Service
Sherlock Holmes[6] 1952–1969 Radio series (BBC)
Alfred Shirley The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1947–1948 Radio (Mutual)
Ian Martin The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1948 Radio (Mutual)
Wendell Holmes The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1948–1949 Radio (Mutual)
Eric Snowden The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1949–1950 Radio (ABC)
Ralph Richardson The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1954 Radio series (BBC Light Programme)
Bryan Coleman The Sign of Four[7] 1959 BBC Light Programme
Nigel Stock Sherlock Holmes[8] 1970–1971 LP record series
Dinsdale Landon A Study in Scarlet[9] 1974 BBC Radio 4
Lloyd Battista CBS Radio Mystery Theater – "The Hound of the Baskervilles"[10] 1977 Radio (CBS)
Court Benson CBS Radio Mystery Theater'[10] 1977–1981 Radio (CBS)
David Buck Sherlock Holmes[11] 1978 Radio series (BBC Radio 4)
Kerry Jordan The Stories of Sherlock Holmes 1979–1985 Radio series (Springbok Radio)
Timothy West Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula[12] 1981 BBC radio dramatisation of the novel
Bernard Grant CBS Radio Mystery Theater – "The Naval Treaty"[10] 1982 Radio (CBS)
William Griffis CBS Radio Mystery Theater – "The Reigate Mystery"[10] 1982 Radio (CBS)
Andrew Hilton The Mystery of the Reluctant Storyteller and The Valley of Fear[13] 1986 BBC Radio 4
Crawford Logan The Hound of the Baskervilles[14] 1988 BBC Radio 4
Michael Williams BBC Radio Sherlock Holmes (the entire canon) 1989–1998 BBC Radio 4
Ian Hogg The Seven-Per-Cent Solution 1993 BBC radio dramatisation of the novel
Nicky Henson The Unopened Casebook of Sherlock Holmes[15] 1993 Radio series (BBC Radio 5)
Lawrence Albert The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (American series) 1998–present Radio series (Imagination Theatre)
The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (the entire canon) 2005–2016 Radio series (Imagination Theatre)
Chris Emmett The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1999 BBC Radio 2
Andrew Sachs The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (British series) 2002–2010 BBC Radio 4
Richard Earl Sherlock Holmes[16] 2010–2018 Audio dramas (Big Finish Productions)
Geoffrey Arend The Hound of the Baskervilles[17] 2014 Audio drama (L.A. Theatre Works)
Stephen Critchlow Mrs Hudson's Radio Show[18] 2018 BBC Radio 4
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith Sherlock Holmes: The Voice of Treason[19] 2020 Audio drama (Audible Original)
Stephen Fry The Hound of the Baskervilles[20] 2021 Audio drama (Audible Original)
Adam Godley Moriarty: The Devil's Game[21] 2022 Audio drama (Audible Original)

Stage plays

Name Title Date Type
Seymour Hicks Under The Clock[22] 1893 Stage (Royal Court Theatre)
St. John Hamund Sherlock Holmes[23] 1894 Stage (Royalty Theatre, Glasgow)
Bruce McRae Sherlock Holmes 1899 Broadway (American)
Kenneth Rivington Sherlock Holmes[24] 1905 Stage (British)
The Speckled Band[24] 1921–1922 Stage (British)
H. Lawrence Leyton Sherlock Holmes[24] 1905 Stage (British)
The Speckled Band[25] 1910 Stage (British)
Claude King The Speckled Band[26] 1910 Stage (British)
R.V. Taylour The Crown Diamond[27] 1921 Stage (British)
H. G. Stoker The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1923 Stage (British)
Jack Raine Sherlock Holmes 1953 Stage (American)
Peter Sallis Baker Street 1965 Musical (American)
Tim Pigott-Smith Sherlock Holmes 1974 Stage revival (British)
Dennis Cooney Sherlock Holmes 1974 Stage revival (American)
Timothy Landfield The Crucifer of Blood 1978 Broadway (American)
Denis Lill The Crucifer of Blood 1979 Stage (London)
Richard Woods Sherlock Holmes[28] 1981 Stage revival (Williamstown Theater Festival), filmed for TV
Jeremy Brett The Crucifer of Blood 1981 Stage (Los Angeles)
Edward Woodward Murder Dear Watson[29] 1983 Stage (British)
Alan Stanford The Mask of Moriarty[30] 1985 Stage (Dublin)
Donal Donnelly Sherlock's Last Case[31] 1987 Stage (Nederlander Theatre)
John Nicholson The Hound of the Baskervilles[32] 2007 Stage (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
Lucas Hall Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery[33] 2015 Arena Stage in Southwest, Washington, D.C.
Usman Ally Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery[34] 2015 Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California
Patrick Robinson Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery[35] 2017–2018 Liverpool Playhouse
Joseph Derrington Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four[36] 2018–2019 UK theatre tour[37]

Television and DTV films

Name Title Date Type
William Podmore The Three Garridebs[38] 1937 Television play for NBC (American)
Campbell Singer The Man with the Twisted Lip[39] 1951 Potential series pilot (British)
Raymond Francis We Present Alan Wheatley as Mr. Sherlock Holmes in... 1951 Television series (British)[40]
Philip King The Mazarin Stone[41] 1951 Television film for BBC (British)
Bernard Fox The Hound of the Baskervilles 1972 Television film (American)
Edward Fox Doctor Watson and the Darkwater Hall Mystery[9] 1974 Television film (British)
Patrick Macnee Sherlock Holmes in New York 1976 Television film (American)
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady 1991 Television film
Incident at Victoria Falls 1992
Thorley Walters Silver Blaze 1977 Television film (Canadian)
Richard Woods Standing Room OnlySherlock Holmes[42] 1981 Television play for HBO (American)
Terence Rigby The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 Television serial (British)
Earle Cross Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear 1983 Animated television films; voice only (Australian)
Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four 1983
Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse 1983
Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet 1983
David Healy The Sign of Four 1983 Television film (British-American)
Donald Churchill The Hound of the Baskervilles 1983 Television film (British-American)
John Mills The Masks of Death 1984 Television film (British)
John Hillerman Hands of a Murderer 1990 Television film (British)
Richard Johnson The Crucifer of Blood 1991 TV film adaptation of the play (American)
John Scott-Paget The Hound of London 1993 Television film (Canadian-Luxembourgian)
Kenneth Welsh The Hound of the Baskervilles 2000 Television films (Canadian)
The Sign of Four 2001
The Royal Scandal 2001
The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire 2002
Ian Hart The Hound of the Baskervilles 2002 Television film (British)
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking 2004
Roger Morlidge Sherlock: Case of Evil 2002 Television film (American)
Bill Paterson Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars 2007 BBC television film (British)
Gareth David-Lloyd Sherlock Holmes 2010 DTV film (American)
John Rhys-Davies Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes 2010 Animated DTV film; voice only (American)

Television series

Name Title Date Type
Victor Moore Texaco Star Theatre – "Sherlock Holmes in the Mystery of the Sen Sen Murder"[43] 1949 TV episode (American)
Melville Cooper Your Show Time – "The Speckled Band" 1949 TV episode (American)
Raymond Francis Sherlock Holmes 1951 TV series (British)
Jack Raine Suspense – "The Adventure of the Black Baronet" 1953 TV episode (American)
H. Marion-Crawford Sherlock Holmes 1954–1955 TV series (American-French)
Nigel Stock Sherlock Holmes 1965–1968 TV series (British)
Paul Edwin Roth Sherlock Holmes 1967–1968 TV series (Germany)
Gianni Bonagura Sherlock Holmes 1968 TV series (Italy)
Donald Pickering Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson 1979 TV series (American-Polish)
Vitaly Solomin The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson 1979–1986 TV film series (USSR)
Hubert Rees The Baker Street Boys 1983 TV series (British)
David Burke Sherlock Holmes 1984–1985 TV series (British)
Kōsei Tomita Sherlock Hound 1984–1985 TV animated series (Italian-Japanese) (Japanese version)
Lewis Arquette Sherlock Hound 1984–1985 TV animated series (Italian-Japanese) (English dub)
Riccardo Garrone Sherlock Hound 1984–1985 TV animated series (Italian-Japanese) (Italian dub)
Edward Hardwicke Sherlock Holmes 1986–1994 TV series (British)
Patrick Monckton Alfred Hitchcock Presents – "My Dear Watson" 1989 TV episode (American)
Phil Hartman Saturday Night Live – "Sherlock Holmes' Birthday Party" 1991 TV sketch (American)
John Payne Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century 1999–2001 Animated TV series (British-American)
Martin Freeman Sherlock 2010–2017 TV series (British)
Lucy Liu Elementary 2012–2019 TV series (American)
Kyle Mooney Epic Rap Battles of History – "Batman vs. Sherlock Holmes" 2012 Online series episode (American)
Andrei Panin Sherlock Holmes 2013 TV series (Russian)
Wataru Takagi Sherlock Holmes 2014–2015 TV series (Japanese)
Tao Tsuchiya IQ246: The Cases of a Royal Genius 2016 TV series (Japanese)
Shihori Kanjiya Miss Sherlock 2018 TV series (Japanese)
Takanori Iwata Sherlock: Untold Stories 2019 TV series (Japanese)
Yuichi Nakamura Case File nº221: Kabukicho 2019–2020 TV anime series (Japanese) (Japanese version)
Josh Grelle Case File nº221: Kabukicho 2019–2020 TV anime series (Japanese) (English dub)
Yūki Ono Moriarty the Patriot 2020–2021 TV anime series (Japanese)
Royce Pierreson The Irregulars 2021 TV series (British-American)

Theatrical films

Name Title Date Type
Mr. Moyse Silver Blaze[26] 1912 Éclair short film series (British-French)
The Beryl Coronet[26] 1912
The Musgrave Ritual[26] 1912
The Reigate Squares[26] 1912
The Stolen Papers[26] 1912
The Mystery of Boscombe Valley[26] 1912
The Copper Beeches[26] 1912
Jack Francis A Study in Scarlet[44] 1914 Silent film (American)
Edward Fielding Sherlock Holmes 1916 First silent film adaptation of the stage play (American)
Arthur M. Cullin The Valley of Fear 1916 Silent film (British)
The Sign of the Four 1923 Stoll film series (British)
Hubert Willis 45 short silent films 1921–1923
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1921
Roland Young Sherlock Holmes 1922 Silent film adaptation of the stage play (American)
George Seroff The Hound of the Baskervilles 1929 Silent film (German)
H. Reeves-Smith The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1929 American film
Ian Fleming The Sleeping Cardinal 1931 1931–1937 film series (British)
The Missing Rembrandt 1932
The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes 1935
Silver Blaze 1937
Athole Stewart The Speckled Band 1931 British film
Ian Hunter The Sign of Four 1932 1931–1937 film series (British)
Reginald Owen Sherlock Holmes 1932 First sound adaptation of the stage play (American)
Frederick Lloyd The Hound of the Baskervilles 1932 British film
Warburton Gamble A Study in Scarlet 1933 American film
Fritz Odemar The Hound of the Baskervilles 1937 German film
Nigel Bruce The Hound of the Baskervilles 1939 1939–1946 film series (USA)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 1942
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon 1943
Sherlock Holmes in Washington 1943
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death 1943
Crazy House (short cameo) 1943
The Spider Woman 1944
The Scarlet Claw 1944
The Pearl of Death 1944
The House of Fear 1945
The Woman in Green 1945
Pursuit to Algiers 1945
Terror by Night 1946
Dressed to Kill 1946
André Morell The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 British film
Thorley Walters Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace 1962 West German-French-Italian film
The Best House in London 1969 British film
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975 American film
Donald Houston A Study in Terror 1965 British film
Colin Blakely The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970 American film
Robert Duvall The Seven-Per-Cent Solution 1976 American film
Dudley Moore The Hound of the Baskervilles 1978 British film
James Mason Murder by Decree 1979 British-Canadian film
Alan Cox Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 American film
Michael Hordern Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 American film (older version, voice only)
Laurie Main The Great Mouse Detective 1986 American animated film; voice only
Ben Kingsley Without a Clue 1988 American film
Gilbert Dacournan Sherlock Holmes en Caracas[45] 1992 Venezuelan film
Jude Law Sherlock Holmes 2009 British-American films
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011
Colin Starkey Mr. Holmes 2015 British-American film
John C. Reilly Holmes & Watson 2018 American film
Himesh Patel Enola Holmes 2 2022 British-American film

Video games

Name Title Date Type
Warren Green Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1991 Consulting Detective series; live-action cutscenes
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. II 1992
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. III[46] 1993
Deem Bristow The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel[47] 1992 Voice role
Laurie Main The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel[48] 1994 Live-action video clips in the 3DO (1994) release
Roger L. Jackson The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Rose Tattoo[49] 1996 Voice role; digitized sprites based on a different actor
John Bell Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy 2002 Sherlock Holmes series; voice role
David Riley Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Silver Earring 2004
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened 2007
Sherlock Holmes Versus Arsène Lupin 2007
Sherlock Holmes Versus Jack the Ripper 2009
Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles 2011
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes 2012
Nick Brimble Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments 2014
Andrew Wincott Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter[47] 2016

See also

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