Just call me Sir Hercule: Our friend and fellow Leica enthusiast, David Suchet, has received a richly deserved knighthood in The Queen’s Birthday Honours. Those of us who have been addicted over the years to his portrayal of Agatha Christie’s fastidious Belgian detective, Poirot, think of David as a national treasure and will be delighted by the news.
But, of course, Poirot was just one of his many roles despite it being such an integral part of his life for nearly 25 years. He is a supremely talented actor with a large number of staggeringly diverse roles to his credit, from Sigmund Freud to Lady Bracknell.
We know him best as a result of his patronage of Leica enthusiasts. He is president of The Leica Society. His recent book, “Behind the Lens—My Life” charts his life through his love of photography, something he inherited from his grandfather, the famous press photographer, James Jarché. Along the way, he demonstrates his unquestioned abilities as a talented photographer.
David also has another passion, the preservation of canals. He is president of the Inland Waterways Association and, for a time, lived on a canal longboat.
I am sure all Macfilos readers will send their congratulations to Sir David and his wife Shiela, who now becomes Lady Suchet. They are two of the nicest and most genuine people you could wish to meet.