David Suchet

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David Suchet (pronounced /ˈsuːʃeɪ/ SOO-shay), CBE (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 known for his role as Agatha Christie's great detective Hercule Poirot in the long-running British TV dramatic series Poirot.[1][2][3]

Suchet has an elder 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.


Early life

Suchet was born in London,[4] the son of Joan Patricia (née Jarché; 1916–1992), an actress, and Jack Suchet, who emigrated from South Africa to England in 1932 and became a medical student at St Mary's Hospital, London in 1933.[5][6][7] Suchet's father was Jewish and his mother was an Anglican, though of Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish descent on her own father's side; Suchet was brought up in the Anglican religion,[5][8][9] and has been a practising Anglican since 1986, having been confirmed in 2006.[10]

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