For 25 years, David Suchet played Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot in “Agatha Christie’s Poirot.” If it were not for support from Christie’s family, it is highly unlikely Suchet would have played the Belgium detective.

At the series’ conclusion, which came to a sombre end with “Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case,” every major literary work featuring Christie’s Belgian detective had been adapted to the small screen.

Suchet, born on 2 May 1946 in London, England, is an accomplished thespian; and film and television actor.

David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot

Like a lot of British actors, Suchet began his acting career treading the boards of the Watermill Theatre in Bagnor, Berkshire. With a talent such as that which Suchet possesses, in 1973, it should not surprise anyone he joined the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 1981, for approximately a year, Suchet played Henry of Bolingbroke in “Richard II.” Bolingbroke, later known as Henry IV, was King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1399 to 1413.

As a member of the Royal Court Theatre, in 1993, Suchet played John in the drama “Oleanna.” Directed by Harold Pinter, “Oleanna.” Co-starred Lia Williams as Carol.

Three years later, in 1996, Suchet was seen performing in the West End production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” It was in this production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” the London born actor appeared opposite Dame Diana Rigg.

With his experience acting in the West End, it should not surprise anyone Suchet would perform on Broadway.

From 1998 to 2000, Suchet played Salieri in the Broadway staging of “Amadeus.”

Even though the London born thespian has been one of many actors to have played Salieri, Suchet arguably presented the best staged interpretation of the historical figure.

Seven years later, in 2007, Suchet played Cardinal Benelli in “The Last Confession.” Performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre, “The Last Confession” is about the death of Pope John Paul I.

This was not the last time Suchet played the cardinal. In a tour of Australia, in 2014, Suchet reprised the role.

No carelessness … David Suchet’s immaculate outfit in The Importance of Being Earnest. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” one of Oscar Wilde’s best known plays, was being performed at London’s Vaudeville Theatre.

It was in this production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” Suchet starred as Lady Bracknell. That’s right. Lady Bracknell. He was as brilliant in the role of Lady Bracknell as he has been playing Poirot.

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Shain E. Thomas, a contributor to the Handbook of Texas Online, is a University of North Texas graduate student majoring in Library Information Science.