|Helen Hayes as Miss Marple|
|Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple|
|Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple|
The problem is, we all have our own vision. My Miss Marple is a very English, diminutive elderly lady, dressed in old fashioned sensible clothes (tweed skirts and jackets), who carries a sturdy handbag. She has white hair, tied back in a small bun, frequently dons a hat, and peers over small rimless glasses. She's the sort of woman you wouldn't take any notice of - unless you looked a little closer into those eyes. Then you would see a different person entirely. Sharp as a dagger, quick and unflinching, possessed of a phenomenal and undimmed memory, she scythes through the red herrings and leaves the poor old police inspector ten pages behind...
|Joan Hickson - the Miss Marple|
Imagine then my delight when Joan Hickson (Agatha Christie's own choice), portrayed her in a series of TV adaptations. Now I could settle back, relax and enjoy my Miss Marple solving crimes in precisely the way I knew she always did.
|Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple|
|Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple|
Sadly, Joan Hickson passed away in 1998. Miss Marple, however, is immortal. Some of the other fine actresses who have been drafted in to play her include: Geraldine McEwan (can't put my finger on it, but something didn't quite work for me. A friend disagrees wholeheartedly), Julia McKenzie (in my opinion, the closest to Joan Hickson), - and then - er - Carey Mulligan?
|Carey Mulligan. Miss||Who?|
|Peter Ustinov as Poirot|
The late, great Peter Ustinov played him in Death On The Nile and five other films.His daughter was reportedly shocked when she saw him in rehearsal and exclaimed, "That's not Poirot! He isn't at all like that!", to which her father replied, "He is now!"
I agree with his daughter.
|Albert Finney as Poirot|
|David Suchet IS Poirot|
|Olympia Dukakis - Anna Madrigal|
|Tom Cruise - the 'pretty' Lestat|
|Christian Bale - the next Lestat?|