Douglas was a talented and prolific actor. He had 99 film and television credits and uncounted stage credits. His acting career spanned from around 1935 to 2014. His Sherlockian roles include Detective (TV Series, 1964, Sherlock Holmes), Sherlock Holmes (TV Series, 1964-1965, Sherlock Holmes), The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series, 1973, Prof. Van Dusen), The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (Movie, 1975, Sherlock Holmes), BBC Sherlock (TV Series, 2014, Diogenes Club Member).
In this interview, Douglas recounts the past under Nicholas Utechin’s expert questioning, responding with his typical self-deprecatory humor and candor.
Douglas Wilmer at the 2000 BSI Dinner
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Interviewee: Douglas Wilmer
Interviewer: Nicholas Utechin
Date: January 22, 2015
Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
Description: Pt.1 MP3, 46.7 MB, 85kbps, 1 hour 17 minutes
Living in Shanghai
English Board School
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
The War Years
Introduction to Sherlock Holmes
Playing Sherlock Holmes
Standing up for Conan Doyle
Stage Whispers (his memoirs)
Thoughts on his Career
A Remarkable Lady
Explanation of BSI Honours & Other Terms
Douglas Wilmer, wearing the BSI Bowtie, as a member of the Diogenes Club
in the BBC Sherlock episode “The Reichenbach Fall”
McCafferty, Elaine and Jonathan, “The Only Actor Who Ever Got It Right - Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock Holmes,” (Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual, 2014).
Douglas Wilmer (The Sherlock Holmes Society of London website)
Clark, Andrew, “A life in the spotlight,” (East Anglian Daily Times, April 30, 2009)
Potter, Tom, “Woodbridge: Sherlock of the sixties discusses famous Holmes role,” (East Anglian Daily Times, January 6, 2014)
Internet Movie Database page on Douglas Wilmer
Wikipedia page on Douglas Wilmer
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