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David Suchet

One of Great Britain's most distinguished actors, David Suchet has become well known in the U.S. through his role as Agatha Christie's legendary detective Hercule Poirot in the television series broadcast on PBS, as well as his performance in the award-winning independent film Sunday, and such popular features films as A Perfect Murder and Executive Decision.

Suchet joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973 (he is currently an Associate Artist) where his many celebrated roles include that of Achilles in Troilus and Cressida, Caliban in The Tempest, Mercutio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Orlando in As You Like It, Iago in Othello, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. He has also performed in many West End productions, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Oleanna, Timon of Athens, Separation, and most recently as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, all of which were nominated for Olivier Awards. Suchet reprised the role of Salieri in Los Angeles, where he was awarded Best Actor of the Year, and then on Broadway, where he received a Tony Award nomination.

In addition to numerous performances on BBC Radio, Suchet has acted in a number of television movies in England and Stateside, among them George Carman QC, The Way We Live Now, Murder in Mind, Victoria and Albert, RKO 281, Seesaw, Solomon, Moses, Secret Agent, Separation, Bingo, Once in a Lifetime and Cause Celebre, and is currently filming the ITV production of Henry VIII in the role of Cardinal Wolsey opposite Ray Winstone's Henry. He has played the lead role in no less than four major television series including Freud in The Life of Freud; Blott in Blott on the Landscape; John Borne in The NCS (National Crime Squad), and Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Suchet has worked on feature films throughout the world, including Foolproof, Live From Baghdad, Sabotage, Wing Commander, Deadly Voyage, The Lucona Affair, Big Foot and the Hendersons, When the Whales Came, Iron Eagle, Gulag, Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Song For Europe, Falcon and the Snowman, The Last Innocent Man, Red Monarch and A World Apart.

Last year, he was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to drama in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honors.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

David Suchet Facts

BirthdayMay 2, 1946 (77)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is David Suchet compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Flushed Away
The Bank Job
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Complete Cases Collection
Executive Decision
Arthur & Invisibles
This Changed Everything
The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series
Richard II
Effie Gray
Iron Eagle
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