James Moriarty
Sherlock Holmes (Granada)
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Vital statistics
Sex Male
Nationality British
Occupation professor
criminal mastermind
Behind the scenes
Appearances Sherlock Holmes (Granada)
Portrayed by Eric Porter

James Moriarty (Porter) refers to the on-screen incarnation of James Moriarty, as portrayed by Eric Porter in the ITV Granada Television adaptation.

Portrayal in the series Edit

This particular adaptation of Moriarty attempts to follow his Canon version fairly closely, in terms of outward appearance, personality and the character's actions against Holmes. Despite its briefness, Moriarty's role in the series is still somewhat expanded compared to the original story, for the sake of narrative purposes.

Appearances Edit

Due to the series' fairly strict adherence to Doyle's Canon, Moriarty only makes direct appearances in the final two episodes of the second series. Even in these two episodes, he's often not directly on screen, and is more of a threat looming in the distance for most of the runtime.

In a certain divergence from the Canon, professor Moriarty is set up as the villain behind the criminal events of "The Red-Headed League". This serves to better establish him for the following adaptation of "The Final Problem", as his rather abrupt introduction in the original story would seem too rushed for the format of Granada's television series.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985) Edit

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986-1988) Edit

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994) Edit

Unlike in some screen adaptations of the original stories, which opt to resurrect Moriarty or make him a longer-lasting villain, this version of Moriarty does not return after his defeat in "The Final Problem". He is presumed permanently dead by Holmes and others, only reappearing by way of rare, off-handed references.

Gallery Edit

  • Moriarty on an unannounced visit to 221B Baker Street
  • Professor Moriarty wandering the streets
  • James Moriarty, nicknamed the Napoleon of Crime
  • Professor Moriarty revealed in "The Red-Headed League"
  • An enraged Moriarty while sparring with Holmes

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