David Suchet bids farewell to Hercule Poirot in 2012


After 22 years and 65 films, the brilliant David Suchet is allowed to feel a bit ‘gutted’ at the thought of bringing Hercule Poirot to completion. With the upcoming production of the final five adaptations of the remaining Poirot novels, Suchet will have played the infamous Belgian detective in every Agatha Christie story every written for Poirot. Gutted, maybe, but incredibly proud of his association with the character, which begin almost a quarter of a century ago in 1989.

I’m more than delighted to be reprising my role as Poirot. It’s been my life’s ambition to bring this amazing canon of works to completion. Poirot is a brilliant, yet profoundly complicated character and I’ve always loved playing him. He’s considerate, with a love of elegance and precision, but he is also so maddeningly frustrating to play as he’s so vain and pedantic! For all his faults he is one of the greatest listeners in literature. I’ve been so fortunate to play him.

Filming will begin in October of this year on the final five installments, Curtain, Labours of Hercules, Dead Man’s Folly, The Big Four and Elephants Can Remember following Suchet’s current leading role in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night in London’s West End. Interestingly, Curtain, is the detective’s last tale and will see him return to the scene of his first case in a bid to prevent another murder.

Suchet told the BBC after the opening night at the Apollo Theatre, “I’m excited, I will feel as though I have achieved a dream, but I’ll also be gutted, because I will be saying a real farewell and a goodbye [to Poirot] and then I will have to bury him.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t make it any easier for David Suchet, but Poirot fans will be gutted as well.

  • So sad to hear that our favorite Poirot will b leaving the scene. But we’re looking forward to seeing the final five and then watching many reruns. What a great career you have had Mr. Suchet playing this character. You are so very talented and have made him your own. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you in other roles as well.

  • So sad to hear that our favorite Poirot will b leaving the scene. But we’re looking forward to seeing the final five and then watching many reruns. What a great career you have had Mr. Suchet playing this character. You are so very talented and have made him your own. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you in other roles as well.

  • Debbie

    Thank you David for your labor of love in bringing the character Poirot to life.  Piorot is such a complex and unique character and you magically bring him alive consistently in every production.

  • Looking forward to the last five, but we shall miss you very much as Poirot. You made him yours and Agatha would be proud. You are a very talented actor and we also look forward to see you in many other productions. We, of course, will be watching all the Poirot reruns as well. Good luck in the future.

  • Debbie

    Thank you David for your labor of love in bringing the character Poirot to life.  Piorot is such a complex and unique character and you magically bring him alive consistently in every production.

  • Looking forward to the last five, but we shall miss you very much as Poirot. You made him yours and Agatha would be proud. You are a very talented actor and we also look forward to see you in many other productions. We, of course, will be watching all the Poirot reruns as well. Good luck in the future.

  • Dena Mullen

    I own all of these. I’ll be sad when they come to an end. Have enjoyed them immensely.

  • Dena Mullen

    I own all of these. I’ll be sad when they come to an end. Have enjoyed them immensely.

  • The best ‘Poirot” ever, just as Jeremy Brett was the quintessential “Sherlock Holmes”! Thank you, Monsieur Suchet! Blessings+

    • Nutmeg

      The best Poirot and the best Sherlock, I do agree, also Maigret is Bruno Cremer.

  • The best ‘Poirot” ever, just as Jeremy Brett was the quintessential “Sherlock Holmes”! Thank you, Monsieur Suchet! Blessings+

    • Rob Edwards

      Totally Agree….And Tom Baker is Dr Who…..

      • Samuel Loy

        I could argue that point, but I won’t, except to say that Tom Baker is The Doctor. He’s called “The Doctor” not “Dr. Who”

    • Nutmeg

      The best Poirot and the best Sherlock, I do agree, also Maigret is Bruno Cremer.

  • Poirot is an awesome character and you played him to perfection.  Thank you so much for the many episodes, I’ll continue to watch them again and again.  God bless you in all that you do! 

  • Janetemorris

    Your transformation into Christie’s Poirot was magical. Is it time to move on to Paul?

  • Janetemorris

    Your transformation into Christie’s Poirot was magical. Is it time to move on to Paul?

  • Carolyn Veerjee

    Thank you so much for all the delicious episodes of Poirot! You have surely brought to exquisite life one of the most memorable sleuths ever. The very best to you always Mr. Suchet.

  • Carolyn Veerjee

    Thank you so much for all the delicious episodes of Poirot! You have surely brought to exquisite life one of the most memorable sleuths ever. The very best to you always Mr. Suchet.

  • Bille Elmore

    I have watched and rewatched you as Poirot and will think of you everytime I watch the films. I wish you all the best and thank you for so many hours of entertainment.

  • Bille Elmore

    I have watched and rewatched you as Poirot and will think of you everytime I watch the films. I wish you all the best and thank you for so many hours of entertainment.

  • Nichols Rosemary

    You are Hercule Poirot!  You are exactly as I pictured him when I started reading the novels 45 years ago, and you have never disappointed!  Thank you for an exquisite interpretation of this beloved character.  I wish you well! 

  • Nichols Rosemary

    You are Hercule Poirot!  You are exactly as I pictured him when I started reading the novels 45 years ago, and you have never disappointed!  Thank you for an exquisite interpretation of this beloved character.  I wish you well! 

  • lnchudej

    Thank you, Mr. Suchet, for staying with the character until every novel is brought to film! I’ve followed your career as Poirot and will miss the anticipation of seeing a “new” Poirot story after you complete the final five.

  • lnchudej

    Thank you, Mr. Suchet, for staying with the character until every novel is brought to film! I’ve followed your career as Poirot and will miss the anticipation of seeing a “new” Poirot story after you complete the final five.

  • Rose

    My wonderful Belgian! No one has brought to life Hercule Poirot the way you have for me. I have watched you in many things and you are an amazing actor. One of the best. But your portrayal of this character has a special place in my heart. Thank you for so many outstanding performances and unending memories. God bless.

    • Brendaklaas

      Monsieur Suchet has been the Poirot exceptionale. He has brought Hercule Poirot right off the pages of Dame Christie’s books into my home. What a joy and delight it has been to get to know Poirot up close and personal. Thank you Monsieur Suchet for your masterful characterization and for all the joy and entertainment you have brought through your portrayal of this character. I look forward, with bittersweet anticipation, to the final chapters.

  • Rose

    My wonderful Belgian! No one has brought to life Hercule Poirot the way you have for me. I have watched you in many things and you are an amazing actor. One of the best. But your portrayal of this character has a special place in my heart. Thank you for so many outstanding performances and unending memories. God bless.

  • Eva

    Thank you, Mr. Suchet, for bringing this beloved character to life!  You have given us – all your fans – so many wonderful years of watching you portray this utterly unique detective.  We wish you all the best in your other endeavors, and we will all be there to cheer!

  • Eva

    Thank you, Mr. Suchet, for bringing this beloved character to life!  You have given us – all your fans – so many wonderful years of watching you portray this utterly unique detective.  We wish you all the best in your other endeavors, and we will all be there to cheer!

  • Christietoepfer

    I saw my first Poirot dvd from the library….then I bacame hooked….I have almost every one….I absolutely adore this chesire cat mustached ….fantastic stories and acting, David Suchet ….you are truly one of my most admired Actor today……Thank You! It is an honour, truly…..<3
    Christie in California ….*

  • Christietoepfer

    I saw my first Poirot dvd from the library….then I bacame hooked….I have almost every one….I absolutely adore this chesire cat mustached ….fantastic stories and acting, David Suchet ….you are truly one of my most admired Actor today……Thank You! It is an honour, truly…..<3
    Christie in California ….*

  • Brendaklaas

    Monsieur Suchet has been the Poirot exceptionale. He has brought Hercule Poirot right off the pages of Dame Christie’s books into my home. What a joy and delight it has been to get to know Poirot up close and personal. Thank you Monsieur Suchet for your masterful characterization and for all the joy and entertainment you have brought through your portrayal of this character. I look forward, with bittersweet anticipation, to the final chapters.

  • Brendaklaas

    Monsieur Suchet has been the Poirot exceptionale. He has brought Hercule Poirot right off the pages of Dame Christie’s books into my home. What a joy and delight it has been to get to know Poirot up close and personal. Thank you Monsieur Suchet for your masterful characterization and for all the joy and entertainment you have brought through your portrayal of this character. I look forward, with bittersweet anticipation, to the final chapters.

  • JimToner6

    I loved his line in one of the first episodes-My Dear Lady, if it is not of national importance, of concern be it to Hercule Poirot?

  • JimToner6

    I loved his line in one of the first episodes-My Dear Lady, if it is not of national importance, of concern be it to Hercule Poirot?

  • Carol

    David Suchet’s interpretation of Christie’s Poirot is nothing short of fantastic and most memorable to Christie fans.  It is his voice and his image we imagine as we read a Poirot mystery.  We are sad that he is completing this quest, but extremely happy that we were alive to enjoy his performances.  Many, many best wishes to David Suchet.  

  • Carol

    David Suchet’s interpretation of Christie’s Poirot is nothing short of fantastic and most memorable to Christie fans.  It is his voice and his image we imagine as we read a Poirot mystery.  We are sad that he is completing this quest, but extremely happy that we were alive to enjoy his performances.  Many, many best wishes to David Suchet.  

  • Danjerjohn

    Thank you, Mr. Suchet, for truly great and captivating performances.

  • Danjerjohn

    Thank you, Mr. Suchet, for truly great and captivating performances.

  • Goodwick

    Thank you, David Suchet, for all those years of entertaining us as Poirot.  You have truly portrayed Poirot to perfection!  Faithfully and superbly!  We will be looking for you in your next achievements after Poirot with great anticipation.

  • Goodwick

    Thank you, David Suchet, for all those years of entertaining us as Poirot.  You have truly portrayed Poirot to perfection!  Faithfully and superbly!  We will be looking for you in your next achievements after Poirot with great anticipation.

  • Junk02915

    NOOOO!!  There will never be another Poirot.  This is sad news indeed.

  • Junk02915

    NOOOO!!  There will never be another Poirot.  This is sad news indeed.

  • Redcatlady

    I hope they don’t make the mistake of trying to fit LABOURS into their standard 90-minute format.  It needs to be a miniseries in itself — at least 10 episodes per chapter!

  • Redcatlady

    I hope they don’t make the mistake of trying to fit LABOURS into their standard 90-minute format.  It needs to be a miniseries in itself — at least 10 episodes per chapter!

  • Askhale

    I’m going to hate watching Curtain, the last Poirot story. Although I won’t spoil the film’s ending, I hope that it is different from the ending in the book. However, I don’t think that will be the case. Agatha Christie played a dirty trick on all of us avid Poirot fans.

  • Askhale

    I’m going to hate watching Curtain, the last Poirot story. Although I won’t spoil the film’s ending, I hope that it is different from the ending in the book. However, I don’t think that will be the case. Agatha Christie played a dirty trick on all of us avid Poirot fans.

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  • RMSLH

    Dear Mr. Suchet,
    Thank you so very much for delighting us for so many years with your characterizations of Hercule Poirot.  We no longer watch t.v. but we check out your movies from the library and are delighted every time!  Sincerely,
    SLH and RMH

  • RMSLH

    Dear Mr. Suchet,
    Thank you so very much for delighting us for so many years with your characterizations of Hercule Poirot.  We no longer watch t.v. but we check out your movies from the library and are delighted every time!  Sincerely,
    SLH and RMH

  • Lorraine

    i have loved and enjoy every minute of it Mr Suchet you have gracefully given life to Hercule Poirot thank you I will watch you on DVD and Tv for a very long time to come
    Lorraine

  • Lorraine

    i have loved and enjoy every minute of it Mr Suchet you have gracefully given life to Hercule Poirot thank you I will watch you on DVD and Tv for a very long time to come
    Lorraine

  • as199

    I am only 16 and while I do like other tv shows, Poirot is something I have watched with my family every weekend. Seen them all now and it’s very sad that they have come to an end. One of the best serials ever.

  • as199

    I am only 16 and while I do like other tv shows, Poirot is something I have watched with my family every weekend. Seen them all now and it’s very sad that they have come to an end. One of the best serials ever.

  • Catriona Adams

    Always enjoy watching David Suchet play Poirot., am very sad to hear it coming to an end this year, though I will continue to watch the films.

  • Catriona Adams

    Always enjoy watching David Suchet play Poirot., am very sad to hear it coming to an end this year, though I will continue to watch the films.

  • Guest

    David Suchet has got the best characterisation of Poirot that I have ever seen. Truly excellent and a delight to watch!

  • Guest

    David Suchet has got the best characterisation of Poirot that I have ever seen. Truly excellent and a delight to watch!

  • shabnam

    thank you mr Suchet you were great. there is a lump in my throat it’s always hard to say goodbye to your favorite characters. you were such an inspiration.

  • shabnam

    thank you mr Suchet you were great. there is a lump in my throat it’s always hard to say goodbye to your favorite characters. you were such an inspiration.

  • Margaret Heine

    I am saddened to see the series come to an end….David Suchet is the best at portraying the great detective as was Jeremy Brett who portrayed “Sherlock Holmes”. I have enjoyed watching all the Poirot series. Unfortunately I only own a few, thank goodness for Netflix, where I can tune into many favorites I like to watch. Thank you David Suchet for your magnificent portrayal of this wonderful character of Agatha Christie. You are a great actor, who can portray any character with wonderful accuracy. and your best was this wonderful portrayal of Hercule Poirot.

  • Margaret Heine

    I am saddened to see the series come to an end….David Suchet is the best at portraying the great detective as was Jeremy Brett who portrayed “Sherlock Holmes”. I have enjoyed watching all the Poirot series. Unfortunately I only own a few, thank goodness for Netflix, where I can tune into many favorites I like to watch. Thank you David Suchet for your magnificent portrayal of this wonderful character of Agatha Christie. You are a great actor, who can portray any character with wonderful accuracy. and your best was this wonderful portrayal of Hercule Poirot.

  • Margaret Heine

    I am saddened to see the series come to an end….David Suchet is the best at portraying the great detective as was Jeremy Brett who portrayed “Sherlock Holmes”. I have enjoyed watching all the Poirot series. Unfortunately I only own a few, thank goodness for Netflix, where I can tune into many favorites I like to watch. Thank you David Suchet for your magnificent portrayal of this wonderful character of Agatha Christie. You are a great actor, who can portray any character with wonderful accuracy. and your best was this wonderful portrayal of Hercule Poirot.

  • Denise White

    Thank you Mr.David Suchet, I have enjoyed your films immensley, I have a lot of your dvd’s and replay them often. I haven’t got all of them but intend to. I enjoy your acting, your precision and wit.

  • Denise White

    Thank you Mr.David Suchet, I have enjoyed your films immensley, I have a lot of your dvd’s and replay them often. I haven’t got all of them but intend to. I enjoy your acting, your precision and wit.

  • Tina moore

    youve made poirot such an enthralling character, amazingly played,as an avid fan i cant wait to watch your next episodes , and yet will be dissapointed knowing just five more instalments only to be made .

  • Tina moore

    youve made poirot such an enthralling character, amazingly played,as an avid fan i cant wait to watch your next episodes , and yet will be dissapointed knowing just five more instalments only to be made .

  • MaggieF

    Loved every one of these,David you will always be Poirot to me. I also love the locations that make this series, it is great to see there are so many still of this era preserved.

  • MaggieF

    Loved every one of these,David you will always be Poirot to me. I also love the locations that make this series, it is great to see there are so many still of this era preserved.

  • Ebony

    Will these episodes air in the US?

    • I have every reason to believe that they will as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series. Since all of the others have been aired within the series, I would guess these would be too. Earliest would be Summer 2013 given other commitments.

  • BG

    I have watched several great actors play the role of Hercule Poirot in films, but none close to the perfection David Suchet has achieved in portraying the wonderful character created by Agatha Christie. To me, he is synonymous with Hercule Poirot. Think of Agatha Christie, you think of Hercule Poirot/David Suchet.

  • b2burns

    Suchet is the ultimate Poirot but the familiy was wrong not to allow script writers to include Hastings & Co. in the later episodes. It isn’t just about just Poirot but about the ensemble that became our family.