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David Burke

David Burke (born May 25, 1934) is an British actor, known for playing Watson in Granada Television's 1980s Sherlock Holmes series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which starred Jeremy Brett in the title role.

Burke was born in Liverpool, England. His strong and intelligent depiction of Watson was hailed as closer to the original Conan Doyle stories than previous screen incarnations. However, he left the series after thirteen episodes, concluding with The Final Problem, in order to spend more time with his wife and their young son, as well as to return to working in the theatre. He was succeeded as Watson by Edward Hardwicke, who he himself recommended to the production team.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

David Burke Facts

BirthdayMay 25, 1934 (88)
BirthplaceLiverpool, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

The Summerhouse (2008) as Freddie
Holby City, (2007) tv as Bernie Moore
Ghost Story for Christmas: M R James, (2006) as Patten
Random Quest (2006) as Professor/JK Harshom
Ghost Story for Christmas: M R James, (2005) as Hotel Landlord Gunton
Midsomer Murders (2005) tv user recommendation as John Farrow/Hedge
Spooks (2005) tv as Fiona's father
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, (2004) tv as DSI Webberly
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, (2004) tv as DSI Webberly
Waking the Dead, (2002) tv as Philip Bryant
Performance, (1998) as Kent
Agatha Christie: Poirot, (1995) tv as Sir Arthur Stanley
Mesmer (1994) as Doctor
Space Precinct, (1994) tv as Vachel
Sherlock Holmes: Granada Television Series (1st season) (1984) tv as Dr. John Watson (breakthrough)
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