I've talked about this on my blog a few times before, but I really must bring it up once again. I have a weirdly passionate love for Sherlock Holmes. I like the books, but most of all I love the TV show from the 80's and 90's starring Jeremy Brett. To me, he is the absolute perfect Sherlock Holmes.
He looks, talks and behaves exactly like I imagined Sherlock Holmes would (and I know he's not real, but he is in my mind).
As a young child, he was sexually abused. He later struggled with his sexuality, as well as manic depression/bipolar disorder. He became so obsessed with the Sherlock Holmes role that it eventually took over his life. This is an actor very seriously devoted to his craft and it shows. When I watch the TV show, I feel like I'm watching a reality show following around the real Holmes. Jeremy Brett makes him so realistic. Sherlock Holmes was also a very complex character, who struggled with a drug addiction and lost love.
Anyway, Sherlock Holmes and Jeremy Brett are both absolutely fascinating people who I could rant about all day, but I'll leave it at this.