Profile: David Suchet
We Look at the Career of the Respected Stage and Screen Actor
As Oscar Wilde’s classic show The Importance Of Being Earnest continues in the West End, entertaining audiences at the Vaudeville Theatre since the start of the summer, we take a look of the career of David Suchet. The performer is portraying Lady Bracknell onstage under the direction of Adrian Noble and attracting a great deal of attention.
Best known for playing Hercule Poirot in the ITV adaptation of the Agatha Christie novels, Suchet has also enjoyed an extensive career on the stage, as well as appearing in numerous other television shows.
Born in London in 1946, Suchet headed into the acting world in his late teens when he joined the National Youth Theatre and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, moving on to numerous performances on the stage. In the 1970s and 1980s he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court Theatre, amongst others, taking on various prestigious roles like Richard II. Even as his screen career took off he still returned to the stage and in recent years, in addition to The Importance Of Being Earnest, he appeared in The Last Confession at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in 2010.
But it is the role of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot with which many will associate him. Those picking up theatre tickets will undoubtedly remember the numerous screen appearances of the character, which he started portraying in 1989 and continued right up to 2013.
Beyond that he is also known for his appearance in Oppenheimer in the early 1980s, Harry And The Hendersons from the late 1980s and television’s Great Expectations from 2011.
So it is clear that David Suchet has enjoyed a successful career, demonstrating not only by his CBE, awards and nominations, but his longevity in the spotlight. His portrayal of Poirot alone spanned more than twenty years and his return to the stage is always met with great anticipation, something that was also true for The Importance Of Being Earnest.
The Oscar Wilde play continues at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre and is booking to November 2015.