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Actor Edward Hardwicke has died at the age of 78. Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson to Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes in the Granada Television series, he picked up the role where David Burke left off.

[Hint: if you don't want to watch on DVD, the Granada series is available through streaming service provider Britbox via Amazon Channels.]

Hardwicke was the son of famed actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and he took the family business very seriously from an early age, starring in A Guy Named Joe with Spencer Tracy at the tender age of 10. He spent a good deal of his early career on stage and made numerous television and film appearances. He also lent his voice as a narrator to some Sherlock Holmes stories (available for free with an Audible subscription).

Of course, this audience knows him best as John H. Watson, M.D., friend and colleague of Sherlock Holmes in the Jeremy Brett Granada series. It was a role he inhabited from 1986 to 1994. He also played Dr. Watson in The Secret of Sherlock Holmes on stage in London's West End in 1989 for a full year. You'll recall that Jeremy Paul wrote that play.

He was beloved by fans around the world, and particularly embraced by Sherlockians and Holmesians. The relationship was anything but one-way, as Hardwicke participated in events like the first iteration of From Gillette to Brett in 2003.

We can think of no more fitting a way to remember him than to simply leave you with this interview of Edward Hardwicke:

We also pay homage to Hardwicke on Episode 33.

Did you have any personal experience with him? Did you meet Edward Hardwicke at an event or on the set? Please leave us a comment and share with everyone.

One generation's faithful Watson has now crossed the Reichenbach to be with his Holmes. May we stand on the terrace to remember them both.

Update: Hardwicke's obituary from the Telegraph.