‘House’ star Hugh Laurie could be the BBC’s next Hercule Poirot

Hugh Laurie is rumoured to be taking over as Poirot for the BBC.

The House star is currently developing an upcoming Agatha Christie adaptation for the BBC, according to Variety.

While he’s not yet been confirmed to appear in the production himself, there is talk that Laurie could be the latest actor to play Christie’s iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

Interestingly, the 60-year-old English actor previously parodied the character in 1997’s Spice Girls movie Spice World!

You can take a look at that rather surreal moment here:


The BBC aired a three-part adaptation of The ABC Murders last Christmas.

However, star John Malkovich’s portayal of Poirot didn’t win the affection of Christie fans and plans for a follow-up featuring Malkovich appear to have been shelved.

Variety reports that “which of the Queen of Crime’s books [Laurie] is adapting is being kept strictly under wraps.”

While we await further news on Laurie’s Agatha Christie project, we do know that Poirot will be returning on the big screen next October in the sequel to Murder on the Orient Express.

Death on the Nile is currently filming, with an incredible cast lined up to appear.

Also set to air in 2020 is the BBC’s upcoming adaptation of Christie’s novel The Pale Horse.

Poirot: The Complete Cases Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.