David Suchet’s greatest role

David Suchet, famous for his role as Hercule Poirot, talks about his recording of the complete Bible.

February 17 2016In April 2014, English actor David Suchet, best known for his role as Agatha Christie’s redoubtable sleuth Hercule Poirot, achieved a “27-year ambition” to record the whole Bible. Now he has launched the NIV Audio Bible App.

Beginning in 2013, it took him more than 250 hours to record the complete NIV, between filming the final episodes of Poirot. He donated his fee to setting up a theology bursary at King’s College, London.

In 2014, he told Christian Today journalist Carey Lodge that he became a Christian after a conversion experience while reading Romans Chapter Eight in a hotel Bible in 1986, and that recording the Bible had confirmed his faith – “Even in the most difficult passages full of blood and guts, which people often shy away from or think ‘How could a loving God be like that?’ But the Bible was written at a particular point in time and years later God was mirrored by Jesus, who said ‘If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father’. In Jesus we meet a God who is full of love and compassion and gentleness – yes, he can be angry, but to see him reflected in Jesus is incredible”.

He said that recording the Bible had been a “surreal experience” because as he was recording, he had his headphones on “and so I was listening to myself speak at the same time”.

“It was written to be heard, because no one could read! It was meant to be heard [and as I recorded it], the words ‘Hear the Word of the Lord’ kept jumping out at me. So now, whenever I read the Bible, I read it aloud.”

The NIV Audio Bible is published by Hodder Faith and is available as a six-set of MP3 DVDs, downloads and via the app.

Listen to David read Psalm 23 and Job 38-42 here.