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British actor David Suchet

2011—2015

David Suchet, interview: “This could be the end of my career!”

photo by Alastair Muir // The Telegraph

Gaby Wood // The Telegraph

“I should be getting my heels today,” says David Suchet. “They’ve been very slow in coming. I’ve wanted them earlier, because, as you know, that does affect the way you walk.” We are in a rehearsal studio in east London. In the room next door, the floor is patterned with coloured masking tape — a theatrical version of a Mondrian painting — and the scene is set for tea. The play? The Importance of Being Earnest. The part? Lady Bracknell. This is the first time in his 46 years as an actor that Suchet has played a woman.

Already, he has been rehearsing in a corset, which he finds “very strange, but not as strange as I thought”. Years with the RSC and a lot of Restoration drama have set him up to pull in his stomach and tighten his buttocks. He throws a stern glance at my unladylike posture. “You could no more sit like that in a corset than fly in the air,” he says.

Poirot star 'made up' playing Lady Bracknell in Wilde classic

// Nottingham Post

The last time David Suchet was on a Nottingham stage was in Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O‘Neill’s dark drama about addiction and family disfunction that was described by our reviewer as “the best thing seen on a stage so far this year”.

A contrasting production sees the Poirot star return — Suchet will be wearing a dress and full make-up.

His role as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s classic farce The Importance of Being Earnest is one he admits he accepted with some trepidation.

“Basically it was our producer Kim Poster,” says the 68-year-old.

“She was very keen that we should work together on something less heavy after the O’Neill and, coincidentally, I’d also been looking for something lighter for some time. I was very interested in doing a comedy. Of course, I think I agreed to Kim’s idea with slight trepidation. However, once I’d looked into it and realised that such notable actors as Brian Bedford on Broadway and Geoffrey Rush in Australia had played Lady Bracknell, I could see that I’d be following in a line of leading male performers and I felt more comfortable.”

World’s Favourite Christie: David Suchet's Favourite

World’s Favourite Christie is a global vote dedicated to finding the definitive favourite Agatha Christie book. Voting runs from 27th April until the 31st May. The World’s Favourite Christie will be announced in September. The World’s Favourite Christie is part of a year round celebration of Christie’s life, legacy and literature. There is much to be celebrated in an author who is published in over 100 languages, wrote over 80 novels and short stories, scripted 19 plays including the longest running play of all time The Mousetrap, and created world famous detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

“For me, The ABC Murders has to be the World’s Favourite Christie. I am bowled over by the genesis of the plot, and love that the places in the railway guide provide the clues to the names of the murder victims. This is one of Agatha Christie’s very best novels, and showcases the genius in her ability to produce so many novels about one detective, and yet come up with so many storylines. I enjoyed filming The ABC Murders as much as any of the other episodes, and I am so proud to have been her Poirot for a quarter of a century. The ABC Murders gets my vote for the World’s Favourite Christie.”

— David Suchet

 

Poirot actor David Suchet wakes up at 5.30am to meditate in silence

DAY & NIGHT // Daily Express

The 68-year-old, who played Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot for 25 years, has revealed how he is up with the lark and has been honing his body.

“I meditate a lot.”

“I like getting up at 5.30am each day while the world’s asleep just to enjoy the silence,” he says.

“I used to play rugby and now I go to the gym three times a week and do stretches.”

He ponders: “We are mind, body and soul.”

“We exercise our mind by going to school and work.”

“We exercise our bodies by going to the gym and having a healthy diet but the third thing is our weakest — how do we exercise our soul?”

Sounds like a riddle only Poirot could solve?

From: www.express.co.uk

David Suchet: My hunt for Saint Peter

photo by Martin Kemp // BBC/CTVC

David Suchet // The Telegraph

A few of weeks ago I was in Rome finishing filming my documentary about the life of Saint Peter. After buying a borsellino at the market, I made my way to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo to see the best image ever painted of the apostle: The Crucifixion of Saint Peter, by Caravaggio.

It was disappointingly dark in the chapel. I’d forgotten you have to put money in a slot machine for the painting to be illuminated. I got a euro out and popped it in, and of course I was so close to the image that when the light went whoosh, I was completely knocked backwards. It moved me to tears.

David Suchet on going in search of St Peter — the man behind the scripture

E Jane Dickson // RadioTimes

David Suchet is a devil for detail. Preparing for his defining role as Hercule Poirot, he built a personal dossier on his character — every mannerism from the detective’s mincing walk to his Belgian accent (a shade more guttural than standard French) was rooted in Agatha Christie’s original text. “As an actor I’m fascinated by what makes an individual tick.”

This week, as presenter of the two-part documentary In the Footsteps of St Peter, the master-researcher turns his profiling skills on the fisherman-apostle who, according to Christian tradition, established the Church of Rome.

On a journey from the quiet shores of Galilee to the gilded splendour of the Vatican, Suchet presents a portrait of St Peter that’s far removed from the usual iconography. We are accustomed to Peter the patriarch, a figure of authority jangling the keys of heaven, but the saint who emerges from Suchet’s research is a vital, impul- sive and conflicted personality.

Who's that Lady? Call for Poirot to find out: David Suchet set to star as Lady Bracknell in new West End version of The Importance of Being Earnest

Baz Bamigboye // Daily Mail

Underneath the wide-brimmed hat the face is teasingly familiar, while the nose and slightly quizzical tilt of the head are clues to this Victorian grande dame’s identity.

But if a little detective work is still needed, perhaps it is time to call for Hercule Poirot. For this is David Suchet — minus the Belgian detective’s famous moustache — dressed as the indomitable Lady Bracknell.

Suchet, Agatha Christie’s dapper sleuth on ITV for 25 years, plays Lady Bracknell in a new West End production of The Importance Of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s satire of Victorian high society.

The role was famously portrayed on film by Edith Evans and has also been taken by Penelope Keith, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush and Brian Bedford.

We meet: David Suchet

photo by PA // clublife.csmaclub.co.uk

Vicki Power // CSMA Club Life

Although Poirot has become his trademark role, Suchet has also starred in TV films as Robert Maxwell, Sigmund Freud and Cardinal Wolsey, as well as playing a wide range of acclaimed roles on stage.

Q. Was filming every Poirot story an aim when you started out in 1989?

David Suchet: It was never on the cards when I first got the job. By the time I had filmed 50 stories, I remember thinking, ’Wow! This could be a possibility,’ because there were only 20 more to go. As long as my acting career was still expanding, it meant I felt able to take Poirot without limiting what else I was doing.

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David Suchet's Last Confession

photo by AAP IMAGE // The Saturday Paper

Peter Craven // The Saturday Paper

Most famous as TV’s moustachioed sleuth, David Suchet’s onstage role as a cardinal is cashing in on his mass appeal.

The trajectory of an actor’s career is always an enigma. David Suchet played Iago at the Royal Shakespeare Company opposite Ben Kingsley’s Othello. Anyone who has seen his toweringly sinister performance as Melmotte in the television version of Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now or his startling and uncanny reanimation of Robert Maxwell — that dodgiest of crooked billionaires — would be likely to mark Suchet down as the kind of character actor who can loom up for a moment as something twisted and terrible, one of nature’s Bond villains or one of the creepier characters in Jacobean tragedy.

And yet this side of his career — that capacity to make grotesquerie and evil seem real — is only one of the tricks in his pack of cards, and not the showiest. What he’s famous for is playing Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, the Belgian super-sleuth with the “leetle grey cells” and waxed moustache, probably the greatest detective in imaginative fiction since Sherlock Holmes, a character almost at the edge of comical absurdity who is nevertheless for the whodunit fan a kind of shaman and seer, a figure of steely intelligence and iron rectitude.

David Suchet: “Part of Me Died With Him”

photo by James Braund / Getty // The New York Times

Hope Reeves // The New York Times

The actor talks to Hope Reeves about embracing Christianity, joining Twitter and saying goodbye to Hercule Poirot.

 

After 25 years on the air, “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” recently broadcast the final five episodes in the United States on Acorn TV. I read that you filmed the final episode first.

To have him die at the same moment I finished the role would have been a very negative thing for me to go through. So I asked the producers if I could film him dying first. Then I would leave him as I want to remember him, alive and kicking.

Did you mourn for him?

Filming his actual death was the hardest day of the whole 25 years. Part of me died with him.

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