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Suchet unlikely to revive Poirot

Poirot star David Suchet says he would play the dapper detective one more time but only on the big screen.

The actor, who played the character for 25 years in the ITV series, performed every one of the stories written by Agatha Christie about the Belgian sleuth.

But Suchet, who made his last bow in the ITV show two years ago, said he did not expect Hollywood to come calling.

He told The Stage: "I've said I'll only return if anyone makes a movie and they want me - which they won't because it will be Hollywood and they'll want one of the new A listers".

The actor, the brother of newsreader John, first played Poirot on screen in 1989 in The Adventure Of The Clapham Cook.

The show has been a huge hit for ITV and is shown in more than 200 countries around the world and has legions of devoted fans.

Suchet, who once revealed he achieved Poirot's trademark waddle by clenching a penny between his buttocks, is currently playing Lady Bracknell in a West End revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest.

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