sherlock holmes

Molly Hooper

Miss Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), a specialist registrar who works in the morgue of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, is a close friend of one Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the BBC series Sherlock. Under her work-appropriate lab coat, Molly is often seen wearing clothing that could perhaps by described as a little frumpy and comfortable. She is a generally unassuming woman, only flaring up at Sherlock when the situation calls for it.

Sherlock Holmes

In Guy Ritchie’s 2009 rendition, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is an eccentric detective in the 1800s hired by a secret society to foil a mysticist’s plot to expand the British Empire by supernatural means.

John Watson

Sherlock Holmes’s flatmate and blogger seems harmless enough when you first meet him, but don’t let the frumpy exterior and questionable taste in sweaters fool you. Underneath the plaid and knits is a sharp-eyed ex-soldier and adrenaline junkie who loves the chase almost as much as his partner-in-crime-solving does.

Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft, Sherlock’s older and possibly smarter brother, prefers observation to action. He humbly insists he occupies but a minor role in Her Majesty’s government (if by ‘minor,’ you mean ‘occasionally IS Her Majesty’s government’), however, he gets tetchy when asked how his diet’s going (it’s going fine, thank you).

Sherlock Holmes (Elementary)

The American response to Sherlock, Elementary’s Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is more into T-shirts and tattoos than Savile Row suits. But despite his troubled history with drug abuse and a move to New York, this Holmes still retains all of the wit and brilliance of his counterpart from across the pond.

Joan Watson

Elementary’s Watson may be a Joan instead of a John and traded in a soldier’s firearm for a sober companion’s exasperated patience, but don’t underestimate her. She not only keeps up with the deductive skill of Sherlock Holmes, she does it all while running around New York in two-inch heels.

Sherlock Holmes (BBC)

BBC’s Sherlock transports the eponymous detective from his Victorian-era home to the 21st century. While that may mean he’s solving crime with the assistance of modern technology and sending messages via text instead of telegram, his vast intelligence, deductive reasoning and gentleman’s dress sense all remain intact.