He is most famous for his much loved alter ego, Hercule Poirot on mystery author Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989 – 2013). For an outstanding 25 years, David Suchet played the iconic role as a quirky Belgian detective. Poirot has been portrayed by other actors through the years in various productions but none has captured the detective’s eccentricity and dry humor like Suchet in the long-running UK-based TV series.
Date of Birth: May 2, 1946
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
For a man who has played such a suave iconic role for decades, he says he had no ambitions as a child. He was born just after the war and at the young age of seven, he had been sent off to boarding school. The short-statured David recalled that he found school boring, tiring and all he excelled in was on the playing field. At 13, he moved to a new school where he fared better; the English teacher in his new school was very inspirational so in a short while, Suchet was winning reading prizes. This was how he found himself not just reading out plays but working hard to act our roles exceptionally.
The Bank Job (2008) actor has been a devout Christian now for over three decades after finding God as an adult. He had been brought up largely without religion in a family of Lithuanian Jewish heritage but David admits that he was “searching for something” all his life and he did not find it till he was 40. He had been in the bathtub of a Seattle hotel room thinking about his late grandfather who was also his “spiritual guide”. Suchet concluded that there was life after death and was led to read about Paul in the New Testament of the Bible. He joined the Church of England and has since then been vocal about his life in Christ. Keep reading to meet the family of this renowned British actor.
Jack Suchet (father)
Date of Birth: May 10, 1908
Date of Death: September 9, 2001 (aged 93)
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Jack was a South-African born obstetrician and gynaecologist who immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1932. He carried out researches with Sir Alexander Fleming on the use of penicillin in the treatment of venereal diseases.
Joan Patricia Jarche Suchet (mother)
Year of Birth: 1916
Year of Death: 1992 (aged 76)
She married her husband, Suchet in 1943 and they remained together until she passed on in 1992. Before she died, she worked as a secretary in her husband’s private practise.
James ‘Jimmy’ Jarché (maternal grandfather)
Date of Birth: September 8, 1890
Date of Death: August 6, 1965 (aged 74)
Zodiac sign: Virgo
He was one of the first in modern press photography. In his collection there are photos of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Alexander Fleming and many more.
Peter Suchet (elder brother from same parents)
Peter is the eldest Suchet son and is father to broadcast journalist Richard Suchet.
John Suchet (elder brother from same parents)
Date of Birth: March 29, 1944
Zodiac Sign: Aries
John is a BBC-newscaster-turned-journalist. He is also an author and musical host on Classic FM (UK). He has been married thrice and is a father to three sons including Damian Suchet (born 1985). His third wife, Bonnie died in April 2015 to dementia.
Sheila Ferris (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: July 31, 1976 till present
In 1972, Suchet met Ferris at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry where they both worked. The star actor says he fell in love with Sheila immediately and it took some time for him to finally get her to go out with him. They were married after a few years and have been with each other for over four decades now.
Robert Suchet (son with Sheila Ferris)
Former Military officer Robert worked as a captain with the Royal Marines. He is now a fitness coach and has a son named Todd who has the rare genetic illness Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.
Katherine Suchet (daughter with Sheila Ferris)
Katherine is the only daughter to the British actor and she now works as a physiotherapist. On her Twitter account, she describes herself as a Crossfit athlete, passionate foodie, coffee snob and an adventure seeker.