Sherlock Holmes is most portrayed character in film and TV - world record for London detective

08:50 17 May 2012

Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock Holmes

Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock Holmes

PA Archive/Press Association Images

London has another world record to its name – thanks to super sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

The master detective has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the most portrayed literary human character in film and television.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation has been depicted on screen 254 times since his creation in 1887.

That is 48 times more than the next contender - Hamlet.

The first known appearance of the famous consulting detective on screen is believed to be Sherlock Holmes Baffled, a 30-second silent movie made in the United States in the 1890s.

Since then, more than 75 actors have donned the deer stalker and gone out into the London fog from Baker Street to fight crime.

World records adjudicator Claire Burgess said: “Sherlock Holmes is a literary institution. This Guinness World Records title reflects his enduring appeal and demonstrates that his detective talents are as compelling today as they were 125 years ago.”

The record is part of World Record London - a campaign by promotional group London and Partners to get the capital more than 20 Guinness World Records in the run-up to the Olympics.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

More Quirky London

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Mr Men in London book will be available from June 4th

The Mr Men will become Londoners on June 4 when a new book featuring them on a Big Smoke day trip is published.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
(Tony Kershaw / SWNS.com)

Britain’s grumpiest tree has been spotted growing in Blackheath Park in Greenwich, south east London.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Take a dip in the King's Cross Pond Club

A huge new natural outdoor swimming pond will open to the public in the heart of busy King’s Cross on Friday - just in time for the bank holiday weekend.

Monday, May 18, 2015
You don't see this every morning! [Photograph by Mikael Buck/Airbnb
]

If you saw this strange sight this morning, we can explain everything. You really DID see a house floating down the rover - and it is real.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
This black cab has been embalzoned with a rainbow as part of the International Day Against Homophobia [Photograph from Transport for London]

A classic London black cab has been transformed with a LGBT pride rainbow to mark the Internation Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Sunday May 17.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Share a kiss for VE Day

London is set for three days of celebrations to mark 70 years since VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Read more