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Hercule

Jason Alexander as Hercule Poirot

Missmarble

Christie's Miss Marple spoofed as Miss Marble

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a prolific English mystery writer well-known for her novels featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, as well as the play Witness for the Prosecution and such non-series novels as Ten Little Indians.

References

  • Two Sesame Street inserts have referenced Miss Marple. An animated insert featured Lady Marplebug, a bespectacled ladybug who is an expert in solving mysteries. The Muppet sketch "Fairytale Detective" stars Miss Marble, a gray-haired older woman who wears a Sherlock Holmes hat.

Connections

Many actors in Henson/Muppet productions have also appeared in Christie adaptations.

  • Wolf Ackva played Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap (German radio, 1958)
  • Richard Attenborough originated Sgt. Trotter in The Mousetrap (stage, 1952), played Tommy Beresford on Partners in Crime (radio, 1953), and Judge Cannon in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Michael Attwell played Archie Stone in the Marple episode "The Sittaford Mystery" (2006)
  • Charles Aznavour played Michael Raven in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Lauren Bacall playes Mrs. Hubbard in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974) and Lady Westholme in Appointment with Death (1988)
  • John Baddeley played Bradley in The Pale Horse (radio, 1993), Inspector Slack in Murder at the Vicarage (radio, 1993) and The Body in the Library (radio, 1999), Inspector Morton in After the Funeral (radio, 1999), and Col. Johnson in Three Act Tragedy (radio, 2002)
  • Annette Badland played Gladys Martin in the Miss Marple episode "A Pocketful of Rye" (1985) and Mrs. Spriggs in the Poirot episode "Five Little Pigs" (2003)
  • Barbara Barnes played Esther Walters in the Miss Marple episode "A Carribbean Mystery" (1989), Mrs. Lester in the Poirot episode "The Lost Mine" (1989), and Mrs. Leidner in the Poirot episode "Murder in Mesopotamia" (2001)
  • Geoffrey Bayldon played Colonel Luscombe in At Bertram's Hotel (radio, 1995)
  • Robert Beatty played Rufus Van Aldin in The Mystery of the Blue Train (radio, 1985-1986)
  • Honor Blackman played Rita Vandemeyer in The Secret Adversary (TV movie, 1982)
  • Hugh Bonneville played Edward Masterman in the Poirot episode "Murder on the Orient Express" (2010)
  • Emily Blunt played Linnet Ridgeway in the Poirot episode "Death on the Nile" (2004)
  • Pierce Brosnan played an actor in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Denise Bryer played Mary Drower in The ABC Murders (radio, 1956)
  • Richenda Carey played Mrs. Croft in Peril at End House (radio, 2000) and Bernice in The Case of the Perfect Carer (radio, 2003)
  • Geraldine Chaplin played Ella Zielinsky in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Jessica Chastain played Mary Debenham in the Poirot episode "Murder on the Orient Express" (2010)
  • Charles Collingwood played a BBC announcer in the Poirot episode "The Affair at the Victory Ball" (1991)
  • Graham Crowden played Colonel Kingston Bruce in the Partners in Crime episode "The Affair of the Pink Pearl" (TV, 1983), Meredith Blake in Five Little Pigs (radio, 1994), Sir Henry Clithering in The Body in the Library and A Murder Is Announced (both radio, 1999), and General MacArthur in And Then There Were None (stage, 2005)
  • Sarah Crowden played Helen in The Seven Dials Mystery (TV movie, 1982) and a receptionist in the Poirot episode "The Affair at the Victory Ball" (1991)
  • James D'Arcy played Derek Kettering in the Poirot episode "Mystery of the Blue Train" (2005) and Jerry Burton in the Marple episode "The Moving Finger" (2006)
  • Oliver Ford Davies played Dr. Sheppard in the Poirot episode "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" (2000) and Colonel Reece in the Marple episode "Sparkling Cyanide" (2004)
  • Reece Dinsdale played Albert in The Secret Adversary (1982, TV movie) and Partners in Crime (TV, 1983-1984)
  • Mia Farrow played Jacqueline De Bellefort in Death on the Nile (film, 1978)
  • Michael Fassbender played George Abernethie in the Poirot episode "After the Funeral" (2006)
  • Edward Fox played Inspector Craddock in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980), Gudgeon in the Poirot episode "The Hollow" (2004), and Lord Caterham in the Marple episode "The Secret of Chimneys" (2010)
  • James Fox played Col. Race in the Poirot episode "Death on the Nile" (2004) and Col. Arthur Bantry in the Marple episode "A Body in the Library" (2005)
  • Stephen Garlick played Jim Pearson in The Sittaford Mystery (radio, 1990)
  • Mark Gatiss played Kenyon in Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (TV, 2004), Ronald Hawes in the Marple episode "Murder at the Vicarage" (2004), and Leonard Boynton in the Poirot episode "Appointment with Death" (2008)
  • John Gielgud played Beddoes in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974), Reverend Jones in Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (TV movie, 1982), the Marquis of Caterman in The Seven Dials Mystery (TV movie, 1982), and Colonel Carbury in Appointment with Death (film, 1988)
  • Elliott Gould played Rufus Van Aldin in Murder on the Blue Train (TV movie, 2005)
  • Richard Griffiths played Parker Pyne in The Gates of Baghdad (radio, 2002)
  • David Healy played Jason in Endless Night (film, 1971)
  • William Hootkins played Hamilton Betts in the Partners in Crime episode "The Affair of the Pearl Necklace" (1983)
  • Philip Jackson played Inspector James Japp in Poirot (TV, 1989-2002)
  • Derek Jacobi played Col. Protheroe in the Marple episode "Murder at the Vicarage" (TV movie, 2004)
  • Alex Jennings played Dr. Roberts in the Poirot episode "Cards on the Table" (2005) and Inspector Curry in the Marple episode "They Do It with Mirrors" (2009)
  • Freddie Jones played Constable Reed in Murder is Easy (TV movie, 1982) and Hoffman in At Bertram's Hotel (radio, 1995)
  • Gemma Jones played Miss Williams in the Poirot episode "Five Little Pigs" (2003)
  • Toby Jones played Samuel Ratchett in the Poirot episode "Murder on the Orient Express" (2010)
  • Michael Kilgarriff played Dr. Warren in The Sittaford Mystery (radio, 1990)
  • Helen Lindsay played Lady Anchester in The Agatha Christie Hour episode "Jane in Search of a Job" (1982) and Sister Rosalia in the Poirot episode "Mystery of the Blue Train" (2005)
  • George Little played doorman Dicker on Poirot (TV, 1989-1991)
  • Joanna Lumley played Dolly Bantry in the Marple episodes "A Body in the Library" (2005) and "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side" (2010)
  • John McEnery played Colonel Curtiss in the Poirot episode "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" (1991)
  • Julia McKenzie played Alice in The Hound of Death (radio, 2002); Ariadne Oliver on radio in "Mrs. McGinty's Dead" (2006), "Dead Man's Folly" (2007) and "Elephants Can Remember" (2009); and Miss Jane Marple on Marple (TV, 2008-2013)
  • Ian McShane played Philip Durrant in Ordeal by Innocence (film, 1984)
  • Patrick Malahide played Depleach in the Poirot episode
  • Miriam Margolyes played Romaine in Witness for the Prosecution (radio, 2002) and Mrs. Price-Ridley in the Marple episode "Murder at the Vicarage" (2004)
  • Peter Marinker played Rev. Babbington in Three Act Tragedy (radio, 2002) and Gaitskill in Crooked House (radio, 2008)
  • Jean Marsh played Thyrza Grey in The Pale Horse (TV movie, 1997)
  • James Mason played Odell Gardener in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982)
  • Frank Middlemass played Major Palgrave in the Miss Marple episode "A Caribbean Mystery" (1989)
  • Pauline Moran played Miss Felicity Lemon in Poirot (TV, 1989-2002)
  • Sylvester Morand played Breon in Swan Song (BBC Radio, 2002)
  • Robert Morley played Hector Enderby in Murder at the Gallop (film, 1963) and Hastings in The Alphabet Murders (film, 1965)
  • David Morrissey played Col. John Arbuthnot in the Poirot episode "Murder on the Orient Express" (2010)
  • Bill Nighy played Ronald Marsh in Thirteen at Dinner (TV movie, 1985)
  • Steve Pemberton played Dr. Bessner in the Poirot episode "Death on the Nile" (2004) and Henry Wake in the Marple episode "Murder Is Easy" (2008)
  • Anthony Perkins played Hector MacQueen in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974)
  • Bryan Pringle played Chief Inspector Japp in Peril at End House (radio, 2000)
  • Jonathan Pryce played Mr. Ellsworthy in Murder Is Easy (TV movie, 1982)
  • Tony Randall played Hercule Poirot in The Alphabet Murders (film, 1965) and Reverend Edward Chichester in The Man in the Brown Suit (TV movie, 1989)
  • Vanessa Redgrave played Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express (film, 1974)
  • Miranda Richardson played Emily Brent in And Then There Were None (TV, 2015)
  • Diana Rigg played Arlene Stewart Marshall in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982) and Christine Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (TV movie, 1982)
  • Joan Sanderson played Mrs. Lamb in Personal Call (1954, radio) and Rachel Logan in the Partners in Crime episode "The House of Lurking Death" (TV, 1983)
  • Andy Serkis played Sergeant Corrigan in The Pale Horse (TV movie, 1997)
  • Nicholas Selby played Mr. Johnstone in the Poirot episode "Double Clue" (1991)
  • Reece Shearsmith played Inspector Huish in the Marple episode "Ordeal by Innocence" (2007)
  • Donald Sinden played Col. Race in Death on the Nile (radio, 1997) and Cards on the Table (radio, 2002), Col. Lacey in The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (radio, 2004), and Sir Henry Clithering in the Marple episode "The Blue Geranium" (2010)
  • Elke Sommer played Vera in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Elizabeth Spriggs played Mildred Peake in Spider's Web (TV movie, 1982)
  • Jean Stapleton played Ariadne Oliver in Dead Man's Folly (TV movie, 1986)
  • Alison Steadman played Kirsten Lindstron in the Marple episode "Ordeal by Innocence" (2007)
  • David Swift played Henry Reedburn in the Poirot episode "The King of Clubs" (TV, 1989) and Professor Wanstead in Nemesis (radio, 1998)
  • Elizabeth Taylor played Marina Rudd in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Russell Tovey played Lionel Marshall in the Poirot episode "Evil Under the Sun" (2001) and PC Reed in the Marple episode "Murder Is Easy" (2008)
  • Edward Tudor-Pole played Professor Bernsforff in the Marple episode "A Pocket Full of Rye" (2008)
  • Peter Ustinov played Hercule Poirot in three theatrical features and three TV movies
  • Richard Vernon played Mr. Flewitt in Evil Under the Sun (film, 1982) and Brogan-Moore in Witness for the Prosecution (TV movie, 1982)
  • Jack Warden played Dr. Ludwig Bessner in Death on the Nile (film, 1978)
  • Zoe Wanamaker played Ariadne Oliver in six Poirot episodes (2005-2013) and Letitia Blacklock in the Marple episode "A Murder Is Announced" (2005)
  • David Warner played Luther Crackenthorpe in the Marple episode "The 4:50 from Paddington" (2004)
  • Orson Welles played the Voice in Ten Little Indians (film, 1974)
  • Suzy Westerby played Elsie in Love from a Stranger (TV, 1958) and Mrs. Willet in The Sittaford Mystery (radio, 1990)
  • James Wilby played Stephen Farraday in Sparkling Cynaide (TV movie, 2003), Stanley Kirkwood in the Marple episode "The Sittaford Mystery" (2006), and Andrew Restarick in the Poirot episode "Third Girl" (2008)
  • Thick Wilson played the mayor in The Mirror Crack'd (film, 1980)
  • Edward Woodward played Sir Eustace Pedler in The Man in the Brown Suit (TV movie, 1989)
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