David Suchet: Keeping fit will hopefully give me 10 more years of life as an actor

David Suchet, who played the lead role in TV series Poirot for 25 years

This week, actor David Suchet, best known for his portrayal of detective Hercule Poirot

THE 73-year-old has been married for 43 years to his wife, Sheila, and recalls in his memoir, Behind The Lens, that it was love at first sight. They have two children, Robert and Katherine, and three grandchildren.

Robert, a personal fitness trainer, has put his parents through their paces fitness-wise – the actor now takes his wellbeing extremely seriously.

:: How often do you go to the gym?

I try to go to my gym two or three times a week and try to keep as fit as I possibly can, not just for myself, but also because my body and my mind and my voice is my instrument, through which I work. I want to be as fit as I possibly can. Keeping fit will hopefully give me 10 more years of life as an actor.

:: What about diet?

I try to be careful about what I eat. I'm not as disciplined as I would like, but I do my best.

:: Does your wife get involved in fitness?

Yes, we're trying to do our best. We go to the gym together and we stretch out in the morning together and we try to give each other encouragement. I meditate with my wife most mornings. It's a wonderful start to the day to start calm, with an empty slate.

:: Is being a grandfather an incentive for staying healthy?

I have three grandchildren... I hope that I'm given a long enough life so that they will be able to remember me with love and fondness.

:: Do you worry about getting older?

It's something we all have to face. Do I worry about it? No. Am I aware that this is happening? Oh, yes. Am I enjoying growing older? No. But I'm trying to grow older gracefully. Everybody has aches and pains at my age and it's part of where we are in our life. I try to accept them rather than fight them.

:: Behind The Lens by David Suchet is published by Constable, priced £25.

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