British actor David Suchet


David Suchet's Poirot finally boards the Orient Express

After 21 years playing the sleuth, David Suchet tells Naomi West why his version of Murder on the Orient Express is ‘exciting and disturbing’.


David Suchet: 'Poirot fans will love the new film'

TV Times talks to David Suchet on his enduring friendship with co-star Zoe Wanamaker and preparing to say farewell to Poirot...

Is it fun having Zoe back playing Ariadne Oliver in this new adventure?

“Always! Zoe and I have been such good friends for a very long time. I was absolutely delighted when she first became Ariadne [in 2005’s Cards on the Table], and whenever she is set to appear, I look forward to it immensely. It is also great for Poirot to have a sparring partner, and Ariadne certainly provides that.”

Is your relationship in any way similar off screen?

“No, not in any way. We’re out of the roles as soon as filming finishes and go back to being just dear friends.”


Going Postal – David Suchet Interview

You have an amazing costume in Going Postal...

It’s wonderful, isn’t it? Aren’t I lucky? I wanted to please all the cult-y fans who have seen Terry’s illustrations of Reacher Gilt. It’s a wonderful character in the most amazing story. He’s so tongue-in-cheek and it’s very funny — he’s the ultimate satire of someone who will do anything, who is so immoral. I mean, he’s awful, he’s appalling, and I love the fact Terry has him as a pirate, the ultimate in cruelty and theft. There we are flying around the planet on the back of a turtle and there’s this pirate figure who is just taking from everybody and doing everything he can to be ruthless and win, to have as much money as possible. He just doesn’t give a damn about anybody or anything.

Interview with David Suchet

1. Why did you decide to narrate the The Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition?

“Being a Christian myself, having been through a conversion experience at the age of 40, my only experience of any form of faith prior to that was at school and I always considered that religion was for examination!

Hence, I was never really introduced to the Bible in an inspiring, exciting or understandable way which is exactly what the The Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition provides.”

2. Did you do anything special to prepare for this project?

“By praying a lot and meticulous text book preparation as I would do for classical book on tape to make sure I do the best I possibly can. How I read it was how I prepared it.”

Interview: David Suchet

David Suchet is known all over the world for his role as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective. But, as the actor reveals, the demands of working in television have sometimes prevented him following his first love — theatre.

’I don’t really want people to see me. I’m not into stardom," says David Suchet. What Suchet wants people to see is the character he is playing in the new production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, not the actor who is playing him.

David Suchet interview: the clue to Poirot’s long life

As he opens in Arthur Miller’s 'All My Sons’ on the West End stage, David Suchet explains why his TV sleuth is such a global hit.

Murder on the Orient Express? No, just luxury, love - and Poirot

There is a point in life when you begin to accept that childhood dreams still unfulfilled will probably remain so. However, as I learned recently, you should never give up hope. As a child, lying awake at night in my boarding school dormitory, listening to the trains shunting through the nearby station, I used to fantasise about being a train driver. I desperately wanted to escape the school my elder brother John and I thought of as Colditz.

Never in a thousand years could I have imagined that one day, at the age of 64, I would drive the most famous train in the world, a train whose name is synonymous with intrigue and romance. Yet here I was coaxing the engine out of Innsbruck station in Austria and sending it hurtling through the Alps towards the Italian border. I was beside myself with excitement.

After all, it is not every day that you get to take the controls of the Orient Express.

David Suchet remembers his school sporting achievements and the teacher who inspired him to pursue acting

Actor David Suchet, 63, is most famous for playing Hercule Poirot in ITV’s long-running series of whodunnits featuring Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth.

He lives in London with his wife, actress Sheila Ferris, with whom he has two children, Robert, 28, and Katherine, 26.

This is me, pictured with other members of the Wellington School tennis team. The picture was taken in the magnificent grounds of the school, which is in Somerset.

I was 18 years of age, smiling proudly with my Dunlop Maxply racket, and this picture is proof that I once had lots of hair. But the picture holds more significance than merely to remind me of how I once looked.

Poirot actor Suchet solves his own family mystery

Poirot star David Suchet has solved his own family mystery.

The 62-year-old is one of several famous faces, including Patsy Kensit, Jerry Springer and Boris Johnson, to appear in the fifth series of the BBC’s genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?

The London-born actor always suspected he had Eastern European Jewish roots, but never had it confirmed by his family.

From Poirot to porn

Almost by definition, being a character actor means you should be able to play pretty much any role. However, while one of the British greats, David Suchet confesses that when approached to take part in Roger Donaldson’s crime thriller The Bank Job, he just couldn’t see himself in the part.

“Roger took me for lunch,” recalls Suchet. “And said ’I want you to play this role and I’m not thinking about anyone else. Read the script and ring me’. I went home, read it and said to my wife, ’I have no idea how to play this man’. So I told him I didn’t know how I was going to do it. And he said ’that’s why I want you. You’re a character actor and you always find a way into the truth of the person you play. I don’t want to typecast the role, I want you to become it.’”

The role in question is Le Vogel, a nasty piece of work who, while based on a still active Soho figure once dubbed the king of porn, is also an amalgam of several dodgy names from the 50s and 60s, notorious slum landlord Peter Rachman among them.

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