David Suchet

David SuchetDavid Suchet (pronounced /ˈsuːʃeɪ/ SOO-shay), OBE (born 2 May 1946) is an English actor, known for his work on British television. He is recognised for his RTS- and BPG award-winning performance as Augustus Melmotte in the 2001 British TV mini-drama The Way We Live Now, alongside Matthew Macfadyen and Paloma Baeza, and a 1991 British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) nomination.
He is perhaps best known, though, for his role as Agatha Christie’s great detective Hercule Poirot in the long-running British TV dramatic series Poirot, alongside Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson and Pauline Moran.
Suchet has an older brother, John Suchet, a British newsreader and television presenter. His father was Jack Suchet, who emigrated to England from South Africa in 1932, and trained to be a doctor at St Mary’s Hospital, London.
After making his first TV appearance in 1970, he made his first appearance on the big screen in the 1980 film version of A Tale of Two Cities. In 1980 he played Edward Teller, laterDavid Suchet developer of the US H-bomb in the joint BBC- US TV mini-series about the US Project Manhattan called Oppenheimer. In 1983, he played the insidious half-Chinese policeman with orders to kill British spy Sidney Reilly. In 1985, he played Blott in the television series Blott on the Landscape. Suchet appeared as Inspector Japp in the 1985 film adaptation of Lord Edgware Dies, screen-name Thirteen at Dinner, with Peter Ustinov portraying Poirot. In 1989 he took the title role himself for the long-running television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Rather less well known, but quite an extraordinary performance nonetheless, is Suchet’s portrayal of Sigmund Freud (young and old) in the 6-hour mini-series Freud, co-produced by the BBC in 1984.
In 2003, he played ambitious 16th century Englishman Cardinal Wolsey in the 2-part ITV drama Henry VIII opposite Ray Winstone as Henry VIII and Helena Bonham Carter as Anne Boleyn.
In May 2006, he played the role of the fallen press baron Robert Maxwell in Maxwell, a BBC2 dramatisation of the final 18 months of Maxwell’s life. During the same year, he voiced Poirot in the adventure game Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express.
David Suchet oldIn December 2006, he appeared on the ITV programme Extinct, presented by Sir Trevor McDonald and Zoe Ball, which saw Suchet and seven other well-known celebrities visit critically endangered species of animals and try and plead their case for the viewers so that they would pick up the phone and vote for the animal. The animal with the most votes would receive a large sum of money which would be used to try and save them. Suchet and his animal, the Giant Panda, did not win; however, they finished in the top three. The winners were Pauline Collins and the Bengal Tiger.
One of Suchet’s hobbies is photography. His maternal grandfather, James Jarché, was a famous Fleet Street photographer notable for the first pictures of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and also for his pictures of Louis Blériot (1909) and the Siege of Sidney Street. Suchet first got into photography when his grandfather gave him a Kodak camera as a present. Suchet also plays the clarinet, taught by Maurice Cowlin, and drums.
He affectionately calls his fat suit for Hercule Poirot his “armadillo padding”.
He lived in Pinner, a suburb in Greater London for many years.
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