Written by Agatha Christie, the crime novel Death on the Nile was adapted in 1978 into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mia Farrow as the two main characters, Linnet Ridgeway and Jacqueline de Bellefort. Originally published in 1937, this mystery was Hercule Poirot’s first appearance in literature. In 1975, Death on the Nile was adapted once again into another film starring Peter Ustinov and Bette Davis as Poirot and Amelia respectively. Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot The Renowned Detective

An Overview

Legendary detective Hercule Poirot gained notoriety for his ability to solve some of history’s most puzzling mysteries. While he remains an unknown figure in life, one man has risen to fame after portraying him in a series of blockbuster films—Kenneth Branagh. He’s starred in a total of four films alongside Angelina Jolie (whose character was inspired by Agatha Christie herself), with Death on the Nile marking his first appearance as Poirot onscreen.

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About Kenneth Branagh

As a successful actor, Kenneth Branagh is well known for his talent and versatility in playing many different roles. He’s played Hamlet in four versions of Shakespeare’s most famous play and directed such films as Henry V. In 2008 he was awarded an honorary Oscar for his achievements in film.

About Agatha Christie’s Novel

Set in Egypt on board a trans-European express train in which Poirot is onboard. A wealthy businessman and an international gang of jewel thieves are involved. Murder takes place aboard with members dying one by one. There’s only one person who can figure out who committed these gruesome crimes and that’s Hercule Poirot – with his distinctively strange mannerisms! Watch Kenneth Branagh take on his most famous role yet with Death On The Nile. Streaming now on PBS Masterpiece.

About the Film Version

Kenneth Branagh is one of my favorite British actors. His portrayal of Agatha Christie’s famed detective Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile was spot-on. He effortlessly captured not only all of Poirot’s idiosyncrasies but also his resolve and his personal philosophies. It really was an incredible performance that truly showcased what a talented actor Kenneth Branagh is.

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A picture of actor Kenneth Branagh. He wears a blue suit with a red tie and is looking directly at the camera. His hair is short and grey with some balding on top. There are wisps of grey hair on either side of his head near his ears and eyebrows. There is a white-gray mustache above his mouth that extends to under his nose when he smiles.

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot The Renowned Detective
Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot The Renowned Detective

Will Kenneth Branagh do another Poirot After Death on the Nile?

No one knows for sure whether or not Kenneth Branagh will be making another appearance as Monsieur Hercule Poirot. His performance in Death on the Nile has set a high bar for any future reprise of his role. While many people are eagerly awaiting what is to come from future projects like Cinderella and Dead Again, no new details about a possible Poirot sequel have emerged. Here’s hoping he makes another appearance in the famous moustache and detective outfit!

Where can I watch Death on the Nile Agatha Christie?

On December 19th of 2017, acclaimed actor Kenneth Branagh will be taking on the role of a lifetime in Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. This crime thriller follows Poirot’s investigation into an apparent suicide with a cast including Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), and Michelle Pfeiffer (White Boy Rick). Details surrounding how he will solve such a mysterious case are scarce; however his reputation precedes him.

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Will there be a 3rd Hercule Poirot movie?

Kenneth Branagh seems to be a big fan of Agatha Christie’s famous detective who is much celebrated for his rare deductive skills. Though he is just an actor and not an official representative of 20th Century Fox, it would seem that Kenneth Branagh might have already confirmed there will be a third movie after Death on Nile is released.

Why did Poirot shave his mustache at the end of Death on the Nile?

In order to cover up a scar he got during World War I. In fact, that is one of his primary motivations for accepting a job on a Nile steamer. This is from Agatha Christie’s own novel Death on the Nile: I was not going to Egypt for my health!

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