Sherlock' s Benedict Cumberbatch has said he is honoured that the "sociopath" detective has been named the world's favourite BBC TV character.
And although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth had some stiff competition from the likes of Fawlty Towers' Basil Fawlty, the Doctor in Doctor Who and Hyacinth Bucket, Mr. Holmes managed to bag the accolade.
The grand title comes after BBC Worldwide surveyed more than 7,000 18 to 64-year-olds from seven countries, including Australia, France, the US and Japan, with almost 30% of them all backing Cumberbatch 's Sherlock.
Coming in at number two was the Doctor (most recently portrayed by Peter Capaldi), while Idris Elba's gritty detective, John Luther, came in third.
Benedict, 40, also snagged top-prize for most memorable scene as Sherlock for his fall to apparent death at the end of the show's second series.
Cumberbatch said: "I'm honoured to hear that my portrayal of Sherlock has been internationally recognised as viewers' favourite BBC TV character.
"Who would have thought a high-functioning sociopath could be so popular with people all over the world?"
Favourite BBC Characters
1. Sherlock 29.7%
2. The Doctor 17.6%
3. Luther 12.4%
4. Basil Fawlty 11.8%
5. The Stig 8.2%
6. Patsy Stone 8.1%
7. Edmund Blackadder 7.4%
8. Hyacinth Bucket 6.1%
9. Vicar of Dibley 5.8%
10. The Daleks 5.6%
Most Iconic BBC Moments
1. Sherlock falling to his "death" 26.0%
2. Monty Python dead parrot sketch 14.1%
3. The Doctor's regeneration in Doctor Who 13.1%
4. The ballroom scene with Prince Andrei and Natasha in War And Peace 12.6%
5. Mr Darcy emerging from the lake in Pride and Prejudice 12.5%
6. Basil Fawlty attacking his car in Fawlty Towers 11.5%
7. Sir David Attenborough and the gorillas in Life on Earth 10.2%
8. David Brent dancing in The Office 9.5%
9. When the murderer comes from out of the bed in Luther 6.53%
10. "Don't tell him, Pike" in Dad's Army 6.50%