We here at Olivia Waite have developed quite a thing for Jeremy Brett, thanks to his performance as Sherlock Holmes.
How could we not? Behold the hotness:
And recently, in a wistful mood, we hied ourselves to IMDb and checked out Mr. Brett’s page, which has some rather lovely quotes that only make you love him all the more. Thoughtfulness! Self-doubt! A tragic love story!
There is also a large poster of the film version of My Fair Lady under the “Known For” heading.
And this surprised me. I have seen Brett’s Holmes series twice through by now—more, in the case of favorite episodes. And I was practically raised on My Fair Lady, and can still sing half the musical numbers, even the wordy ones that Rex Harrison white-man-raps his way through. But I have no memory of Jeremy Brett’s face. I clicked over to the cast list expecting to see him listed as “Street Sweeper #2” or some such.
But instead—and there is not enough capslock in the world for this—JEREMY BRETT IS FREDDY EYNESFORD-HILL.
This was one of those moments when the world shifts on its axis. I’ve always been of the opinion that Eliza and Henry Higgins share a love as true as it is, well, kind of bitchy. Freddy always seemed to get in the way.
But now, it feels like Eliza’s choice is no longer between one super-intelligent asshole and one earnest but slow-witted aristocrat—now it feels like she’s torn between Henry Higgins and a guy who later grows up to be Sherlock Holmes.
And I’m not rooting for Rex Harrison in this love triangle anymore. Any dilemma where one option is Jeremy Brett—you choose Jeremy Brett!