David Suchet reveals that filming the death of Hercule Poirot was the ‘saddest day’ of his career

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Poirot’s David Suchet reveals that filming the death of Agatha Christie’s iconic detective was the ‘saddest day’ in his entire acting career

He played the character of Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot for 25 years.

And David Suchet, 74, has revealed that filming the iconic character’s death for his final episode in 2013 was one of the most emotional days of his life.

Speak against Radio times Monday he said: “My saddest day as an actor was filming Poirot’s death. I miss him in my life because … I lost my best friend. ‘

Devastated: David Suchet revealed on Monday that filming the iconic character Poirot's death was one of the most emotional days of his life (pictured on set as Poirot)

Devastated: David Suchet revealed on Monday that filming the iconic character Poirot’s death was one of the most emotional days of his life (pictured on set as Poirot)

The actor revealed that his long-standing character’s final goodbye was so painful that he specifically requested the death of the detective, not the last scene he shot.

David explained: “As a human it is always painful to lose your real family, but my saddest day as an actor was filming Poirot’s death.

“I miss him in my life because he was my life for 25 years and I lost my best friend.”

And the thespian knows he’s not the only person to have found company in Poirot, as many people have gone to the show for comfort during lockdown.

Difficult parting: The actor revealed that his long-standing character's final goodbye was so painful that he specifically requested the death of the detective, not the last scene he shot

Difficult parting: The actor revealed that his long-standing character's final goodbye was so painful that he specifically requested the death of the detective, not the last scene he shot

Difficult parting: The actor revealed that his long-standing character’s final goodbye was so painful that he specifically requested the death of the detective, not the last scene he shot

David said of the resurgence in popularity, ‘My fan mail has tripled with people viewing the whole box twice!

“I am humbled that it has increased worldwide,” he added.

While not one of the Poirot devotees himself using the pandemic as an opportunity to rewatch every episode, David revealed that his wife is still a fan.

He explained that like not only does he refuse to see himself on screen, he also refuses to watch Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal of the iconic character for fear of his own opinion.

'I'm humbled': The thespian knows he's not the only person to find company in Poirot as many people turned to the show for comfort during the lockdown

'I'm humbled': The thespian knows he's not the only person to find company in Poirot as many people turned to the show for comfort during the lockdown

‘I’m humbled’: The thespian knows he’s not the only person to have found company in Poirot as many people turned to the show for comfort during the lockdown

Out now: The full interview is available in this week's Radio Times

Out now: The full interview is available in this week's Radio Times

Out now: The full interview is available in this week’s Radio Times

David was approached to play Poirot in the late 1980s by the managers of Agatha Christie’s estate – her daughter Rosalind and son-in-law Anthony Hicks.

They had seen him as Sigmund Freud in a TV miniseries, as the blackmailing gardener Blott in a Tom Sharpe comedy, and in the Poirot film Thirteen At Dinner – in which he played Inspector Japp, opposite Peter Ustinov’s Poirot.

David stepped into the character’s shoes in 1989, playing the sleuth on 70 episodes of the long-running TV series.

And, according to the actor, when he took over the role of a mustachioed detective, he was always a hit with women.

“ I would say more than half, well over half of my fan base in terms of letters and tweets and people waiting at the stage door are mostly women, ” he told the Telegraph

The actor revealed: ‘Poirot seems to appeal to the ladies. I never understood why! ‘

“There seems to be a great appreciation for the way he treats women and makes them feel feminine.”

The full interview is available in this week’s Radio Times.

Headhunted: David was approached to play Poirot in the late 1980s by the managers of Agatha Christie's estate - her daughter Rosalind and son-in-law Anthony Hicks

Headhunted: David was approached to play Poirot in the late 1980s by the managers of Agatha Christie's estate - her daughter Rosalind and son-in-law Anthony Hicks

Headhunted: David was approached to play Poirot in the late 1980s by the managers of Agatha Christie’s estate – her daughter Rosalind and son-in-law Anthony Hicks

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