David was approached to play Poirot in the late Eighties, by the trustees of Agatha Christie’s estate – her daughter Rosalind and son-in-law Anthony Hicks.
They had watched him as Sigmund Freud in a TV mini-series, as the blackmailing gardener Blott in a Tom Sharpe comedy, and in the Poirot movie Thirteen At Dinner – playing Inspector Japp, opposite Peter Ustinov’s Poirot.
David stepped into the character’s shoes in 1989 and played the sleuth in 70 episodes of the long-running TV series.
And, according to the actor, when he took over the role of the moustached detective he was always a hit with women.
‘I would say that over half, well over half of my fan base in terms of letters and tweets and people waiting at the stage door, they do tend to be women,’ he told the Telegraph.
The actor revealed: ‘Poirot seems to appeal to the ladies. I never understood why!’
‘There seems to be a great appreciation of the way he treats women and makes them feel feminine.’
The full interview is available in this week’s Radio Times.
Headhunted: David was approached to play Poirot in the late Eighties, by the trustees of Agatha Christie’s estate – her daughter Rosalind and son-in-law Anthony Hicks
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