David Suchet Retires His Role as Poirot

David Suchet, CBE has announced that this 13th series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot will be his last.  The London born actor has played Hercule Poirot for twenty-four years and holds the record for being the longest running actor to play the same character in a detective series.  He told The Times, “I’m going to play him dying.  After twenty-four years playing a character, and you kill him off, that’s where you should stay.  I’ve always been known in the series as Agatha Christie’s Poirot.  I’m so grateful to her that I don’t think I really want to do another one.”

Together with Miss Marple, Poirot is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous characters.  He appeared in thirty-three novels, one play and fifty short stories between 1920-1975 and David Suchet has played the role of the eccentric detective in every one of them except for one short story.  In November 2011 ITV announced that the 13th series of Poirot would complete production of all of the Poirot stories written by Christie.  David Suchet stated that he would have a difficult time giving up character after playing him for so many years, “He has been a part of my life for so long, it will be an ordeal to let him go.”

Comments

  1. avatarConnie Fischer says

    David Suchet is probably one of the top actors ever. The complex roles he plays are amazing. Your role as Poirot will be sorely missed.

  2. avatarLinda King says

    Oh no!! Say it isn’t so!! Please find another role to keep you on our screens. You have been such a pleasure to watch all these years. Even if Poirot is going you can stay for your fans.

  3. avatar says

    I have watched every episode of Poirot- in fact, it is an event my parents and I have shared for years. I doubt I would have ever been interested in Agatha Christie’s character, Poirot, had it not been for you. You made Poirot real.Thank you for years of the very best, the gold standard to which all following Acorn mysteries are held. Alas, Poroit will be dead, when you leave.

    Respectfully yours,

    Jan Gaylord

  4. avatarVicki Johnson says

    Dear David Suchet,
    Your portrayal of Monsieur Poirot over the past 24 years has been a delight to watch. Your sincerity in and for the character shine through every performance. I do confess that your “Poirot voice” creates a calm in me and the setting of the stories take me to my “happy place,” albeit, with people dying. Ah, such is life in a Christie novel!

    Thank you for your integrity and quality in your work. My family has also appreciated your talents in Focus on the Family’s radio dramas.

    I am so glad that I can pop in a dvd, make a proper cup of tea and watch the brilliant Poirot solve the most baffling mysteries.

    Blessings to you, Monsieur Suchet!

    Vicki Johnson

  5. avatarSue says

    Please don’t , Mr. Suchet! You have been a delight and made her character a real person for so many. Your role was one of the few that I enjoyed more than just reading the stories. Thanks for the memories.

  6. avatarLaura Stresow says

    I would thank him for all the pleasure he has given my family watching a terrific actor work his craft with a talented mystery writer as his muse. Thank you, Mr. Suchet. You have left a legacy for years to come.

  7. avatarTom Edwards says

    Mon Ami! Thank you for exciting the little grey cells for me. You are and shall ever be the greatest portrayal of the greatest detective. I believe that you caught his very essence. Though I understand your choice, I shall miss your stellar portrayal. Best Wishes.

  8. avatarNancy Parker says

    I have watched every one of Hercule Poirot’s adventures starring David Suchet since you first started to do them. I believe you are the Best Hercule, mon ami. I will truly miss you. It will be like another part of my Television Heros has moved on. Who will be able to stimulate my ”little grey cells”, eh?

    The best to you and yours, Mr. Suchet. You will be missed as Hercule!

  9. avatarFreda Bhatty says

    Monsieur Suchet you have been the quintessential Hercule Poirot for me. I have looked forward to each performance with the anticipation of a child at Christmas. It will be so bittersweet to see the last one. Thank for so many delightful years. Best wishes in your future.

  10. avatarTonja Carter says

    There will never be one to take your place! You are Hercule Poirot. I cannot imagine anyone brave enough to try to take on after you have retired. Pleases reconsider! America LOVES you and so do I! Keep your little gray cells working for a while longer……

  11. avatarSusan Pence says

    Dear Mr. Suchet,
    Your performance has blessed the world! Thank you so very much. And, I pray and trust that you find something more fulfilling than growing vegetable marrows!!

    Best wishes ~

  12. avatarMolly says

    There will never be another you, Mr. Suchet. When I think of Poirot, it is your face I will always see. Thank you from Kettering, Ohio, USA!!

  13. avatarkathleen says

    Happy for you and sad for me..I watch and watch again the meticulous Poirot. When I’m unable to sleep, when I’m feeling unwell, when I need a stress break, I pop in a Poirot DVD and things get better. Thank you and Ms A Christie.

  14. avatarMartha Swaim says

    I will always remember Poirot peering inside the crates of dead bodies on the dock and then partly covering his eyes from his seat in a movie theater. Truly a murder detective after my own heart.

  15. avatarPen says

    Well, if it is the end of Agatha Christie’s stories, then, it must be the end of David Suchet’s portrayals. I do hope he can find another role to entertain us with. :) I loved David’s ride on the Orient Express. His enthusiasm was such that I want to take that ride myself even more than before. Tho’ I am sure no one else will get to drive like he did. :) Good luck to you, and thank you for helping to bring to life the mind of one of my most favorite authors.

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