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  • Acting for Two:
    • Alan Howard plays both Benedict Farley and his murderer Hugo Cornworthy in "The Dream". Justified in that Poirot never actually meets Farley while the latter is alive.
    • Stephanie Leonidas plays Hattie Stubbs and the woman posing as her in "Dead Man's Folly".
  • Actor Allusion: In the 2003 adaptation of Sad Cypress, Paul McGann plays local physician Dr. Lord. The character is rarely addressed by name but almost always as "Doctor". Added to which, the family solicitor in the same episode is played by Geoffrey Beevers, one of the actors who played the Doctor's nemesis The Master.
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  • Blooper: In "Lord Edgware Dies", during the first dinner scene, Helen Grace, the actress playing Jane Wilkinson, is seen chatting at the table. However, in the denouement when Poirot says that Carlotta Adams, the actress impersonating Wilkinson, was at the dinner table, we next see Fiona Allen in the Jane Wilkinson disguise at the table, not Grace.
  • Casting Gag: Canadian actor Charles Colingwood, best known for BBC Radio 4's shows, including The Archers, plays the BBC announcer in The Affair at the Victory Ball.
  • Cast the Expert: During the filming of the Buenos Aires restaurant scene in "The Yellow Iris", the episode's producers hired British singer Carol Kenyon for her role in the song "I've Forgotten You", which fits Iris Russell's theme, and whose tune is played throughout the episode.
  • Creator Breakdown: David Suchet himself has said in an interview that he chose to star in Curtain first in the final production block for a reason: he didn't want Poirot's death on the same moment the actor would finish the role to be too depressing or to be "a negative thing for [him] to go through", so he asked the producers to have him star in Curtain before having Poirot remain alive for the filming of the final four episodes. But even as Suchet chose to do Curtain first, it felt agonizing for him to play the role of a dying Belgian detective who didn't just pass away, but did so after ending his final case with a bang. Filming his actual death was the hardest day of the actor's life; it felt that "a part of me died with [Poirot]". Here's an excerpt from Suchet's Poirot and Me in this link.
  • The Danza:
    • Catherine Russell plays Russian maid Katrina Reiger in "How Does Your Garden Grow?" (doubling as a Bilingual Bonus!).
    • Jonathan Cake plays John Christow in "The Hollow" (a bit close enough to being the Danza).
    • Adam Croasdell plays Adam Goodman in "Cat Among the Pigeons".
    • Steven Pacey plays Stephen Paynter in "The Big Four".
  • Doing It for the Art: David Suchet stuck with the role of Poirot because he felt it was a good opportunity to definitively portray the character and provide audiences with a singular performance that encompasses an entire body of work.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: David Suchet wore a rubber fat suit throughout his time as Poirot to portray a man who loved food and drink without having to gain any weight himself. This proved to be a challenge whenever the show filmed in desert locales, as he suffered in the heat. In something of an inversion, when playing Poirot as a young uniformed policeman, he wore a corset. Suchet eschewed the fat suit and also lost a significant amount of weight in order to better show how sickly Poirot is in his last days in "Curtain".
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  • Fake American: Canadian actor Colin Stinton plays American gentleman Charles Lester (see "Hey, It's That Guy!" below). Also, British actress Fiona Allen plays American actress Carlotta Adams.
  • Fake Brit: American actress Jessica Chastain plays British spinster Mary Debenham (see "Hey, It's That Guy!" below). Also, American actress Aimee Mullins plays Lucy Crale in "Five Little Pigs". Likewise, American actress Megan Dodds plays Henrietta Savernake in "The Hollow", and American actress Elizabeth McGovern plays British Dame Celia Westholme in "Appointment with Death". A number of Irish actors also play British roles over the series, including Niamh Cusack, Orla Brady and Sinéad Keenan.
  • In Memoriam: A disclaimer in the end credits for The Clocks says that the episode is dedicated to the memory of Anna Massey, an actress who died over two years after the filming was completed.
  • Method Acting: David Suchet analyzed Agatha Christie's novels and stories in minute detail and wrote a detailed dossier on Poirot to get an understanding of the character and would refer to it in order to deliver a consistent portrayal. He would also stay in character as Poirot as long as the mustache was on his lip.
  • The Other Darrin: In "The Double Clue", Countess Vera Rossakoff is played by Kika Markham. Rossakoff returns in the penultimate episode "The Labours of Hercules", but this time the actress who played her is Orla Brady.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Captain Jim Warburton and his wife Enid were played by real-life married couple Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres in "Dead Man's Folly".
    • Lord Edgware Dies exemplifies the Identical Stranger phenomenon between Bryan Martin and Alton by having the two played by brothers Christopher and Dominic Guard.
  • Throw It In!:
    • In "The Theft of the Royal Ruby", Poirot shows the Laceys and their guests the trick on how to cut a mango, a skill that he inherited from "a Duke". According to Peter Haining, the mango-cutting scene came from a dinner that David Suchet attended as a guest of HM The Queen and Prince Philip; the real-life Duke indeed taught Suchet the trick, and Suchet asked the scriptwriters to include it in the episode.
    • And in "Dead Man's Folly", Poirot plays a ring-tossing game at the garden fête and wins a kewpie doll, which he gives to a little girl, just like in the novel. This scene wasn't originally in the script, but Suchet wanted it in to show off a bit more comedy to the otherwise serious drama.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Sean Pertwee played Ronnie Oglander in "King of Clubs" in 1989 and came back to play George Stubbs in "Dead Man's Folly" in 2013.
    • David Yelland, who played Charles Laverton West in Murder in the Mews, returns as Poirot's valet George for the remainder of the series from Season 10 onward. (Quite the drop in status, from MP to valet...)
    • Zoe Wanamaker, who portrayed Ariadne Oliver from 2006 onwards, had previously played Miss Blacklock in "A Murder Is Announced" from ITV's Marple.
  • Wag the Director: When it came to Poirot's characterization and motivations, there was no higher authority than David Suchet himself, and he would override the writers and directors if he felt that they were doing a disservice to the character.


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