David Suchet

Last updated on the 27 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 2 May 1946, Paddington, London, England. 

David Suchet’s breakthrough came with his portrayal of Augustus Melmotte in the BBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel “The Way We Live Now” (2001). His nuanced performance as a corrupt financier garnered critical acclaim and showcased his versatility as an actor. This role cemented him as a force to be reckoned with in the acting world.

However, it was David Suchet’s iconic portrayal of Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot that truly made him a household name. From 1989 until 2013, he brought this beloved character to life in ITV’s long-running series “Poirot.” With meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of Poirot’s quirks and mannerisms, Suchet captivated audiences worldwide. His dedication to accurately portraying Agatha Christie’s creation earned him immense praise from fans and critics alike.

Beyond his notable roles on screen, David Suchet has also left his mark on stage. He has graced renowned theaters such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and London’s West End with unforgettable performances. Some notable stage credits include appearances in classics like Shakespeare’s “Othello” (1995) and Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” (2010).


Suggested viewing


Poirot (1989)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

Hercule Poirot, a renowned Belgian detective with an exceptional intellect, solves intricate crimes alongside his loyal companion, Captain Arthur Hastings. Their adventures take them across England, unraveling perplexing mysteries and exposing cunning culprits. With his astute observations and meticulous attention to detail, Poirot uncovers the truth hidden beneath layers of deception, bringing justice to the innocent and vanquishing the wicked.

Top cast: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran, Zoë Wanamaker, David Yelland, Simon Roberts, Aidan McArdle.

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Going Postal (2010)

Going Postal poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.7

In the bustling city of Ankh-Morpork, a renowned con artist named Moist von Lipwig is forced to redeem himself by reviving the defunct Post Office, a symbol of efficiency and trust. With his cunning and innovative spirit, Moist breathes new life into the postal service, transforming it into a pillar of the city’s economy and connecting its diverse citizens.

Top cast: Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Claire Foy, Charles Dance, Andrew Sachs, Igor Bonifaci, Adrian Scarborough, Ingrid Bergman

The Way We Live Now (2001)

The Way We Live Now BBC

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

“The Way We Live Now” is based on the novel by Anthony Trollope. It explores the corrupt and materialistic society of Victorian England, focusing on financial scandals, greed, and social climbing. The story follows various characters entangled in love affairs, political manipulation, and deceit as they navigate the moral complexities of their time.

Top cast: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy, Shirley Henderson, Miranda Otto, Paloma Baeza, Cheryl Campbell, Allan Corduner.

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