David Suchet’s Wonderfully Catholic Hercule Poirot

One of the greatest actors of the British stage and Screen, David Suchet, is a committed Christian and has discussed his beliefs and his magnificent readings of the Gospel in videos that are thankfully now still available on YouTube; although Anglican, he has reached out to people of many denominations and has made the wonderful television series “In the Footsteps of Saint Paul,” which used to be available on DVD, but now is evidently out of print, although a streaming version can be found on Amazon.com’s Prime Video service. Yet of all his roles, he is best known for bringing to life Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot in the much acclaimed and beloved television series. I would argue that Suchet’s portrayal of the character is in fact definitive; I don’t think anyone in the future will equal his interpretation, which resulted in creating a fully three dimensional person, who despite his flaws, that is to say the character that Christie herself described as “irritating,” is nevertheless a good and loving human being, and very devout. How he created the character, how he listened to Dame Agatha’s daughter, who explained that Poirot must never be laughed at, is discussed at length, along with his handwritten notes before he portrayed him after reading all her published work, in his marvelous book, Poirot and Me.

For comparison’s sake, with earlier and later interpretations of the character of Poirot, please see these short videos:

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