David Suchet tops poll of best Poirot portrayal

David Suchet took the top position in a poll by website British Period Dramas.

David Suchet as Poirot for Granada Television / ITV.

“Personally, I regret very much that she never saw David Suchet. I think that visually he is much the most convincing and perhaps he manages to convey to the viewer just enough of the irritation that we always associate with the perfectionist, to be convincing!” – Agatha Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard, speaking previously on Suchet’s performance

David Suchet has been voted the best ever Poirot, for his portrayal of the detective in the long running ITV drama series produced by Granada Television.

Suchet topped the list with over 86% of the votes in a poll created by BritishPeriodDramas.com. Suchet starred in 70 episodes of ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot series between 1989 and 2013. The actor was voted more popular than Peter Ustinov, Kenneth Branagh, Alfred Molina and Albert Finney.

John Malkovich makes his debut as Hercule Poirot in the BBC’s new mini-series The ABC Murders later this year. Kenneth Branagh begins filming Death on the Nile, the follow-up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express movie, very soon.  Gal Gadot of Wonder Woman fame and Armie Hammer from Call Me By Your Name recently joined the cast. Over the past century, the character of Poirot has been played by more than 20 different actors in various TV, radio and film adaptations.

Meanwhile, Agatha Christie fans can catch the Agatha Christie Hour weekdays at 4 pm on True Entertainment and look out for their Agatha Christie Weekend on 20th-21st October.

“Poirot has been my best friend, part of my family, part of my life. I’ve lived with this man. He’s allowed me the career I don’t think I would have had without him. He’s given me stability in a profession that is insecure.”- David Suchet speaking about the role to The Telegraph in 2013

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Poirot was brought to ITV screens by Manchester-based Granada Television.
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