Famous for portraying the Belgian supersleuth, David Suchet has become a household name. However, his latest project is bigger for him than being the star of Poirot
Athough most famed for his role as loveable detective Hercule Poirot, David Suchet has long held a dream to record the entire Bible in audio form, something he has now completed to great effect.
Before Suchet took up the role of Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1989, no one could have guessed the classically-trained actor would complete the entire catalogue of stories about the favourite Belgian detective.
David Suchet in his mos famous role as detective Hercule Poirot
The Holy Bible with David Suchet
And his latest project was recording the entire NIV Bible after a lady who had lost her sight thanked him for recording the Gospel of John.
“For a long time I did try, but couldn’t get it off the ground,” he admits. “Then all of a sudden, working on In the Footsteps of St Paul, which aired on the BBC in 2012, I met a producer who made it possible. Suddenly all the doors began to open.”
But like acting, Suchet insists recording the Bible was not something he could run into unprepared.
“You can’t just read a chapter,” he says.
“You’ve got to do a Bible study of the whole thing – who wrote it, why, to whom, what they were saying, when.
“The names don’t really matter – because nobody’s ever quite sure, but who they’re speaking to is important – and why.”