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David Suchet

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Suchet in 2006
David Courtney Suchet [1] [2]

(1946-05-02) 2 May 1946 (age 75)
London, England
Years active1970–present
Sheila Ferris
(m. 1976)
Parent(s)Joan Patricia Jarché
Jack Suchet
Relatives John Suchet (brother)
Peter Suchet (brother)
Richard Suchet (nephew)

Sir David Courtney Suchet, CBE ( /ˈsʃ/ SOO-shay; born 2 May 1946) is an English actor. He is known for his work on British stage and television. He played Edward Teller in the TV serial Oppenheimer (1980) and received the RTS and BPG awards for his performance as Augustus Melmotte in the British serial The Way We Live Now (2001). International acclaim and recognition followed his performance as Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot [3] in Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013), for which he received a 1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nomination. [4] [5]


Early life and family

Suchet was born in London, [6] the son of Joan Patricia (née Jarché; 1916–1992), an actress (James Jarché's daughter), and Jack Suchet. Jack emigrated from South Africa to England in 1932, trained to be a physician at St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London, in 1933, and became an obstetrician and gynaecologist. [6] [7] [8]

Suchet's father was of Lithuanian-Jewish descent, the son of Izidor Suchedowitz, [9] originally from Kretinga in the Pale of Settlement of the Russian Empire. At some point, the family name was recorded as "Schohet", a Yiddish word (from Hebrew shochet ) defining the profession of kosher butcher. Suchet's father changed his surname to Suchet while living in South Africa. David's mother was born in England and was Anglican (she was of Russian-Jewish descent on her father's side, and English Anglican on her mother's side). [7] He was raised without religion, but became a practising Anglican in 1986, and was confirmed in 2006. [7] [10] [11] [12] [13]

Suchet and his brothers, John and Peter, attended Grenham House boarding school in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent; then, after attending another independent school, Wellington School in Somerset, he took an interest in acting and joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 16. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he now serves as a council member.

His elder brother, John, is a British television presenter and former ITN newscaster. Suchet's nephew is the broadcaster Richard Suchet.



Suchet began his acting career at the Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Berkshire; he has said that Watermill "fulfils my vision of a perfect theatre".[ citation needed ] In 1973, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1981–82, he played Bolingbroke in Richard II opposite Alan Howard. Suchet played "John" in the drama Oleanna at the Royal Court Theatre in 1993. It was directed by Harold Pinter, and co-starred Lia Williams as "Carol". He made his West End debut opposite Saskia Reeves in the Kempinski play Separation , at the Comedy Theatre in 1987. In 1996–97 he played opposite Dame Diana Rigg in the West End production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He was also featured as Salieri from 1998 to 2000 in the Broadway production Amadeus . In 2007, at the Chichester Festival Theatre, he played Cardinal Benelli in The Last Confession , about the death of Pope John Paul I. [14] In 2014, he reprised the role of Benelli in the Australian tour of the play. [15] [16]

He has been starring as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre in London since June 2015 and on tour. [17]

Television and film

After making his first TV appearance in 1970 [ which? ] and in a 1971 episode of Public Eye, he appeared in the 1980 made-for-TV film version of A Tale of Two Cities . In 1980, he also played Edward Teller, later developer of the US H-bomb, in the joint BBC-US TV serial about the US Manhattan Project called Oppenheimer . In 1983, he played the insidious half-Chinese policeman with orders to kill British spy Sidney Reilly in Reilly, Ace of Spies . He portrayed Sigmund Freud in the six-hour mini-series Freud , co-produced by the BBC in 1984. In 1985, he played Blott in the television series Blott on the Landscape , and corporate whistle-blower Stanley Adams in A Song for Europe. Coincidentally, Suchet appeared as Inspector Japp in 1985's Thirteen at Dinner , in which Peter Ustinov portrayed Poirot. In his book, Poirot and Me, Suchet mentions that Ustinov one day approached him and told him that Suchet could play Poirot and would be good at it. Suchet then spoke to Brian Eastman from ITV: [18]

As we left the restaurant, Brian said, ‘I’ll send you some of the books. Have a look at them and see what you think.’ Then he disappeared into the night, and I walked home to Sheila in a daze. Two days later, a couple of the full-length Poirot novels arrived, and shortly afterwards, a copy of Poirot’s Casebook, containing some of the short stories that Brian thought should make up the first series of ten television programmes. I was intrigued, but I also thought: I’d better know what I might be getting myself into. So I started to read them. And as I did so, it slowly dawned on me that I’d never actually seen the character I was reading about on the screen. He wasn’t like Albert Finney, or Peter Ustinov, or Ian Holm in the 1986 BBC drama Murder by the Book. He was quite, quite different: more elusive, more pedantic and, most of all, more human than the person I’d seen on the screen. But I still wasn’t sure whether I should play him. So I decided to ask my elder brother John, who was then a newscaster at Independent Television News in London. He is two years older than I am, and I’ve always looked up to him, so I rang him. [...]

‘I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole,’ John said firmly.

‘Seriously?’ I blurted out.

‘Yes. I mean, Poirot’s a bit of a joke, a buffoon. It’s not you at all.’

I gulped.

‘Well, what I’m reading isn’t a buffoon,’ I told him. ‘It’s a character that I’ve never seen portrayed.’

There was another silence.

‘It would be a wonderful challenge to see if I could bring that character to the screen,’ I said, stumbling on. There was a slight sigh. John is an enormously kind and gentle man, and would never want to upset me.

‘Of course, you must do it if you want to,’ he said quietly. ‘Good luck. Only one word of warning: it may be difficult to get people to take him seriously.’

It turned out he was quite right. But the more I thought about the man in Dame Agatha’s books, the more convinced I became that I could bring the true Poirot to life on the screen, a man no audience had seen before.

In 1988, he played Leopold Bloom [19] in the Channel 4 documentary The Modern World: Ten Great Writers, in which some of James Joyce's Ulysses was dramatised. [20] During the time, he spent days reading Agatha Christie's books about Hercule Poirot: [18]

I started to write my private list of Poirot’s habits and character. I called it my ‘dossier of characteristics’. It ended up five pages long and detailed ninety-three different aspects of his life. I have the list to this day – in fact, I carried it around on the set with me throughout all my years as Poirot, just as I gave a copy to every director I worked with on a Poirot film.

The year 1988 also saw Suchet appear in the penultimate episode of the television series, Tales of the Unexpected. He appeared as Yves Drouard, a scheming adulterer in the episode A Time To Die. [21]

In 1989, he took the title role of Hercule Poirot for the long-running television series Agatha Christie's Poirot . In 2001, he had the lead role in the David Yates-directed BBC television serial The Way We Live Now and, in April 2002, he played the real-life barrister George Carman in the BBC drama Get Carman: The Trials of George Carman QC. [22]

In 2003, Suchet starred as the ambitious Cardinal Wolsey in the two-part ITV drama Henry VIII opposite Ray Winstone as Henry VIII and Helena Bonham Carter as Anne Boleyn. In May 2006, he played the role of the fallen press baron Robert Maxwell in Maxwell, a BBC2 dramatisation of the final 18 months of Maxwell's life. During the same year, he voiced Poirot in the adventure game Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express . [5]

At Christmas 2006, he played the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing in a BBC adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula . He appeared in the disaster film Flood , released in August 2007, as the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at a time when London is devastated by flooding. Suchet appeared on daytime-TV chat show Loose Women on 6 February 2008 to talk about his film The Bank Job , in which he played Lew Vogel, alongside Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows. In 2008, he took part in the genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? , and discovered facts about his family history. [23]

He starred in the 2009 CBC made-for-TV film Diverted . He starred as the main antagonist, Reacher Gilt, in the 2010 Sky TV adaptation of Going Postal , based on Pratchett's book of the same name. He appeared in the film Act of God as Benjamin Cisco. In 1987, Suchet played a bigfoot hunter in Harry and the Hendersons . He had roles in two Michael Douglas films, A Perfect Murder and The In-Laws . In 1997, he starred in the independent film Sunday. In November 2011, Suchet and ITV announced that Suchet would complete the canon of Poirot novels, in a thirteenth and final series of Poirot. The final episode, "Curtain", aired on ITV on 13 November 2013. During the time the final episode was filmed, Suchet expressed his sadness at his final farewell to the Poirot character he had loved: [18]

To lose him now, after so long, was like losing the dearest of friends, even though I was only an actor playing a part. [...] Hercule Poirot’s death was the end of a long creative journey for me, made all the more emotional as I had only ever wanted to play Dame Agatha’s true Poirot, the man she’d first created in The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1920 and whose death she chronicled more than half a century later, in Curtain in 1975. He was as real to me as he had been to her: a great detective, a remarkable man, if, perhaps, just now and then, a little irritating. [...] As I look across at the camera for the final time, I think back to Poirot’s last words to Hastings on Friday.

‘Cher ami,’ I said softly, as he was leaving Poirot to rest.

That phrase meant an enormous amount to me, which is why I repeated it after he had shut the door behind him. But my second ‘cher ami’ in that scene was for someone other than Hastings. It was for my dear, dear friend Poirot. I was saying goodbye to him as well, and I felt it with all my heart.

Suchet has played the role in adaptations of every novel and short story featuring the character written by Agatha Christie. [24]

Between 2014 and 2015, Suchet appeared in and narrated two BBC Television documentaries, undertaking an epic journey spanning the Mediterranean, inspired by the life and travels of both St. Peter the Disciple and St. Paul the Apostle.

In 2016, Suchet took on the role as the narrator in the BBC live production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong , where he serves as the sole "professional" among the cast. At one point during the broadcast, when one of the actors is electrocuted, he is asked to distract the audience. His solution is to take Captain Hook's mustache and start acting like Poirot, even delivering his lines in a Belgian accent. This prompts the director (who is also playing Captain Hook) to retrieve the mustache and dismiss Suchet. [25]

In 2017, Suchet starred as Dr Fagan in the BBC1 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall , and guest starred in the role of a character called "The Landlord", for an episode of the tenth series of Doctor Who entitled Knock Knock .


His first broadcast job was to read a "Morning Story" for BBC Pebble Mill Talks producer David Shute; they had met at the Mayor of Stratford's annual cocktail party to welcome members of the Royal Shakespeare Company to their new season. Suchet provided the voice of Aslan in Focus on the Family's radio version of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia . He performed as the voice of the villainous Dr. Julius No in BBC Radio 4's radio adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel Dr. No . In 1991, Suchet played the part of Henrik Ibsen alongside Martin Shaw playing August Strindberg, in a one-off documentary on BBC Radio 3 about the meeting of the two playwrights. [ citation needed ]

Canal Trust and River Thames Alliance

Suchet is vice-president of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Trust, whose most challenging achievement to date has been securing funding (both via an appeal and from influencing government decisions) concerning the building of the new M6 Toll motorway where it cuts the lines of the Lichfield Canal and the Hatherton Canal, both of which the Trust wishes to see reopened. He was also officially voted in as chairman of the River Thames Alliance in November 2005. [26] At the July 2006 Annual General Meeting of the River Thames Alliance, he agreed to continue being chairman for another year. He is a patron of the River Thames Boat Project. [27]

Awards, honours and appointments

Suchet's first major award was the Royal Television Society's award for best male actor for A Song for Europe in 1985. His performance as Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot in the television series Poirot earned him a 1991 British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) nomination. In preparation for the role he says that he has read every novel and short story and compiled an extensive file on Poirot. [4] [5] Suchet was given a Variety Club Award in 1994 for best actor for portraying John in David Mamet's play Oleanna at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He later won another Variety Club Award (as well as a 2000 Tony nomination for best performance by a leading actor in a play) for his portrayal of Antonio Salieri in a revival of Amadeus .

Suchet was nominated for another Royal Television Society award in 2002 for his performance as Augustus Melmotte in The Way We Live Now , which also earned him a BAFTA nomination. The same year, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). On 10 October 2008, Suchet was awarded an honorary degree for his contributions to the Arts, from the University of Chichester. This was presented by the Vice-Chancellor at the Chichester Festival Theatre. In November 2008 Suchet won an International Emmy Award for Best Actor at the International Emmy Awards in New York for his role as tycoon Robert Maxwell in the 2007 BBC television film, Maxwell .

On 7 January 2009, he was awarded Freedom of the City of London, at the Guildhall in London. On 13 July 2010, David Suchet was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury. [28] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for "services to drama". [29] [30] [31] On 18 March 2014, Suchet was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the RTS Programme Awards 2013 for his outstanding performance in Agatha Christie's Poirot. [32]

Suchet was created a Knight Bachelor, for services to drama and charity, in the postponed 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List. [33] [34]

Personal life

Family and Genealogy

In 1972, Suchet first met his wife, Sheila Ferris, at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, where they were both working; he says that he fell in love with her as soon as he saw her, and that it took a while to persuade her to go out for a meal with him. [35] They were married on 30 June 1976; the couple have a son, Robert (b. 1981), formerly a captain in the Royal Marines, [3] and a daughter, Katherine (b. 1983), a physiotherapist.

Suchet is the brother of John Suchet, a national news presenter for Five News and Breakfast Show presenter on Classic FM (January 2011). [36] He is the uncle of broadcaster Richard Suchet, who is the son of Suchet's younger brother, Peter.

Suchet's maternal grandfather, James Jarché, was a famous Fleet Street photographer notable for the first pictures of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and also for his pictures of Louis Blériot (1909) and the Siege of Sidney Street. Suchet first became interested in photography when his grandfather gave him a Leica M3 camera as a present. [35] The Jarché family was originally named Jarchy, and were Russian Jews. [7] [23]

Suchet's paternal grandfather, Isidor Shokhet, was a Lithuanian Jew and lived in Kretinga, a Lithuanian city in the Pale of Settlement of the Russian Empire. Until 1791, Kretinga was part of the combined Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. After the end of World War II it is now solely part of Lithuania. Of note, the surname of shochet is Yiddish (derived from Hebrew) for "kosher butcher".

After escaping brutal persecution to relocate 16 mi (26 km) away to Memel in the German Empire, Isidor changed his surname to Suchedowitz - still Yiddish but with a Germanized and Slavic twist. [37] Of note, suche means "dry" in Polish. Suched+o+witz resembles the common Polish name (Slavic) construction using the [root]+wicz and putting the letter o in between as is grammatically mandated when the last letter of the root is d, h, n, t, among others. Example: Janowicz= Jan +o+wicz becomes German-Yiddish by replacing the combo "cz" with "tz", e.g. Janowitz.

Isidor again changed his surname to Suchet after moving to Cape Town, South Africa. [23] [38]

Suchet's maternal grandmother's great-grandfather, George Jezzard, was a master mariner. He was captain of the brig Hannah, which foundered nine miles off the coast of Suffolk during a terrible storm on 28 May 1860, in which more than 100 vessels and at least 40 lives were lost. Jezzard and six others of his crew were saved by local rescuers just before their ship sank. [7]

Religious beliefs

Raised without religion, in 1986 Suchet underwent a religious conversion after reading Romans 8 in his hotel room; soon afterwards, he was baptised into the Church of England. [39] [40] Suchet stated in an interview with Strand Magazine, "I'm a Christian by faith. I like to think it sees me through a great deal of my life. I very much believe in the principles of Christianity and the principles of most religions, actually—that one has to abandon oneself to a higher good." [41] In 2012, Suchet made a documentary for the BBC on his personal hero, Saint Paul, to discover what he was like as a man by charting his evangelistic journey around the Mediterranean. [42] Two years later, he would film another documentary, this time on the apostle Saint Peter. [39]

On 22 November 2012, the British Bible Society announced the appointment of David Suchet and Dr Paula Gooder as new vice-presidents. They joined the existing vice-presidents: John Sentamu (Archbishop of York), Vincent Nichols (Archbishop of Westminster), Barry Morgan (Archbishop of Wales), David F. Ford (Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge), Joel Edwards (International Director of Micah Challenge) and Lord Alton of Liverpool. [43] Following the time when he bade farewell to his role as Hercule Poirot, Suchet fulfilled a 27-year ambition to make an audio recording of The Bible's New International Version, which was released on 24 April 2014. [39]

Political views

In August 2014, Suchet was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in the September 2014 referendum on that issue. [44]



YearTitleRoleOther notes
1971The Taming of the Shrew: An Introduction
Henry IV, Part 2: An Introduction
1980 Schiele in Prison Gustav Klimt
1982 The Missionary Corbett
1983 Trenchcoat Inspector Stagnos
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Buller
The Little Drummer Girl Mesterbein
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Alex
1986 Iron Eagle Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
1987 Harry and the Hendersons Jacques Lafleur
1988 A World Apart Muller
To Kill a Priest Bishop
1989 When the Whales Came Will
1993Der Fall LuconaRudi Waltz
1996 Executive Decision Nagi Hassan
1997 Sunday Oliver / Matthew Delacorta
1998 A Perfect Murder Mohamed Karaman
1999 Wing Commander Capt. Jason Sansky
2002 Pinocchio Geppetto / Judgedub voice portrayed by Carlo Giuffrè
2003 The In-Laws Jean-Pierre Thibodoux
2003 Foolproof Leo Gillette
2004 Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets NarratorTV movie, Voice
2006 Flushed Away Rita's DadVoice
2006 Arthur and the Invisibles NarratorEnglish version, Voice
2007 Flood Deputy Prime Minister Campbell
2008 The Bank Job Lew Vogel
2009 Act of God Dr. Benjamin Cisco
2011All My SonsJoe Keller
2014 Effie Gray Mr. Ruskin
2014Long Day's Journey into NightJames Tyrone
2015The Importance of Being EarnestLady Bracknell
2016Near Myth: The Oskar Knight StoryHimself
2017 American Assassin Director Stansfield
2018Dinner with EdwardEdward


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1973The ProtectorsLeoEpisode: "Fighting Fund"
1978 CI5 The Professionals KrivasEpisode: "Where The Jungle Ends"
1980 A Tale of Two Cities John BarsadTV Movie
Oppenheimer Edward Teller 6 episodes
1981 Play for Today RegerEpisode: "The Cause"
1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Clopin TrouillefouTV Movie
1983The Last DayHowardTV Movie
Red Monarch BeriaTV Movie
Being NormalBillTV Movie
Reilly, Ace of Spies Inspector TsientsinEpisode: "Prelude to War"
1984 Master of the Game André d'Usseau3 episodes
Freud Dr. Sigmund Freud6 episodes
Oxbridge Blues Colin2 episodes
1985GulagMatveiTV Movie
Blott on the Landscape Blott6 episodes
A Crime of HonourSteve DyerTV Movie
Thirteen at Dinner Inspector Japp TV Movie
Mussolini: The Untold Story Dino Grandi2 episodes
1986 Murrow William L. ShirerTV Movie
King and Castle DevasEpisode: "Partners"
1987 The Last Innocent Man Jonathan GaultTV Movie
1988 Tales of the Unexpected Yves DrouardEpisode: "A Time to Die"
Once in a Life TimeHerman GlogauerTV Movie
1989 Cause Célèbre T.J. O'Connor K.C.TV Movie
1989–2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Hercule Poirot 13 series; 70 episodes
1990The Play on OneJoeEpisode: "Separation"
Theatre Night William Shakespeare Episode: "Scenes of Money and Death"
1992Science FictionRoger AltounyanEpisode: "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Link"
The Secret Agent Alfred Verloc3 episodes
1995 Moses AaronTV Movie
1996 Cruel Train Ruben RobertsTV Movie
Screen Two VlachosEpisode: "Deadly Voyage"
1997SolomonJoabTV Movie
The Phoenix and the Carpet The Phoenix6 episodes
1998 Seesaw Morris Price3 episodes
1999 RKO 281 Louis B. MayerTV Movie
2001–2002 NCS: Manhunt DI John BornePilot & Series; 8 episodes
2001 Murder in Mind Edward PalmerEpisode: "Teacher"
Victoria & Albert Baron Christian Friedrich von Stockmar, M.D.TV Movie
The Way We Live Now Augustus Melmotte4 episodes
2002Get Carman: The Trials of George Carman QCGeorge Carman QCTV Movie
Live From Baghdad Naji Al-HadithiTV Movie
2003 Henry VIII Cardinal Thomas WolseyTV Movie
2004 A Bear Named Winnie General HallhollandTV Movie
2006 Dracula Abraham Van HelsingTV Movie
2007 Maxwell Robert Maxwell TV Movie
Flood Deputy Prime Minister Campbell2 episodes
2009 Diverted Samuel SternTV Movie
2010 Going Postal Reacher Gilt2 episodes
2011 Hidden Sir Nigel Fountain3 episodes
Great Expectations Jaggers3 episodes
2012 The Hollow Crown Duke of York Episode: Richard II
2014In the Steps of St. PaulNarrator2 Episode BBC TV Documentary
2015In the Steps of St. PeterNarrator2 Episode BBC TV Documentary
2016 Peter Pan Goes Wrong NarratorTV Movie
2017Decline and FallDr. Fagan3 episodes
Doctor Who The LandlordEpisode: "Knock Knock" [45]
Capitaine Marleau Herbert WhiteEpisode: "Sang & Lumière"
2018 Urban Myths Salvador Dalí Episode: "The Dalí & The Cooper"
Press George Emmerson3 episodes
2019 His Dark Materials Kaisa (voice)5 episodes [46]


1973 Romeo and Juliet Tybalt [47]
Richard II Messenger [48]
As You Like It Orlando [49]
The Taming of the Shrew Player [50]
Toad of Toad Hall Mole [51]
1974 King John Hubert [52]
Cymbeline Pisanio [53]
King Lear Fool [54]
Summerfolk Nikolai Zamislov
ComradesWillmer [55]
1975 Love's Labour's Lost Ferdinand [56]
1978 The Tempest Caliban [57]
The Taming of the Shrew Grumio [58]
Love's Labour's Lost Sir Nathaniel [59]
Antony and Cleopatra Pompey [60]
The Winter's Tale Robert Cecil [61]
1979He That Plays the KingGloucester, Henry V, Macbeth, Osric [62]
Once in a Lifetime Herman Glogauer [63]
Measure for Measure Angelo [64]
1980 Richard II Henry Bolingbroke [65]
Richard III Edward IV [66]
1981 The Merchant of Venice Shylock [67]
Troilus and Cressida Achilles [68]
The Swan Down GlovesMazda [69]
1982 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour Ivanov [70]
1985 Othello Iago [71]
1987SeparationJoe Green [72]
1993 Oleanna John [73]
1994What A Performance Sid Field [74]
1996 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George [75]
1999 Amadeus Antonio Salieri [76]
2007 The Last Confession Cardinal Giovanni Benelli [77]
2009 Complicit Roger Cowan [78]
2010 All My Sons Joe Keller [79]
2012 Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone [80]
2014 The Last Confession Cardinal Giovanni Benelli [81]
2015 The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Bracknell [82]
2018 The Price Gregory Solomon [83]
2019 The Collection Harry [84]
The PriceGregory Solomon [85]

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Kevin Elyot was a British playwright, screenwriter and actor. His most notable works include the play My Night with Reg (1994) and the film Clapham Junction (2007). His stage work has been performed by leading theatre companies including the Royal Court, National Theatre, Bush Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Donmar Warehouse and in the West End. He finished his final play, Twilight Song, not long before he died in 2014, which received a posthumous premiere at London's Park Theatre in 2017.

John Curran is an Irish literary scholar and archivist, best known as an expert on the work of Dame Agatha Christie, English author of detective fiction and the world's bestselling novelist. He was born in Dublin and for years edited the Agatha Christie newsletter, subscriptions to which are handled through the author's official website. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Christie at Trinity College. He served as a National Trust consultant during the restoration of Christie's Devon residence, the Greenway Estate.

Rosalind Hicks Agatha Christies daughter

Rosalind Margaret Clarissa Hicks was the only child of author Agatha Christie.


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