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David Burke is an English actor, known for playing Watson in the initial series of Granada Television's 1980s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which starred Jeremy Brett in the title role.
In the theatre, Burke originated the part of Niels Bohr in Michael Frayn's Copenhagen. He was thought by many to portray Dr. Watson with an excellent style. He played Dr. Watson in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes for one series and then left the program after receiving an invitation to join the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He was replaced by Edward Hardwicke. Burke had earlier experience with Holmes having played the villain in an adaptation of "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet" for the 1965 BBC series starring Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Stock.