Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot mustache made me uneasy

Jamie Dornan said Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot’s “unbelievable” mustache made him feel “insecure and inferior” as they starred opposite each other in the upcoming film.

The 40-year-old actor, best known for playing Christian Gray in the Fifty Shades film series, stars in A Haunting In Venice, in which Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective returns with another mystery.

Sir Kenneth also played Poirot in the previous films Murder On The Orient Express in 2017 and Death On The Nile in 2022, based on Christie’s novels.

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From left to right, Jamie Dornan, Sophie Okonedo, James Norton, Siobhan McSweeney and Lewis Capaldi with host Graham Norton (Matt Crossick/PA)

Dornan told The Graham Norton Show, “Doing scenes with (Sir Kenneth) was completely different.

“I felt very insecure the whole time, and worse, because his mustache was unbelievable, the best in the history of cinema as Poirot, while mine was just a little sample.”

Dornan from Northern Ireland also starred in Belfast, Sir Kenneth’s autobiographical drama written and directed by the veteran actor.

Set during the Troubles, the film is partly based on the 62-year-old actor, writer and director’s own experiences as a boy and won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay last year.

Dornan was asked about reuniting with Jude Hill, Belfast’s co-star in Poirot, and said: “I love that boy so much. Even though he’s a star now, he’s still the cutest kid.”

The Tourist star was also joined in the BBC chat by actor James Norton, Oscar-nominated Hotel Rwanda actress Sophie Okonedo, Derry Girls actress Siobhan McSweeney and singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi.

Norton said it’s a “huge relief” that people are enjoying the third and final series of Happy Valley.

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James Norton said it’s a “huge relief” that people are enjoying the third and final series of Happy Valley (Matt Crossick/PA)

When the six-part BBC One drama, created and written by Sally Wainwright, returned on New Year’s Day, it garnered five-star reviews from press critics around the world.

The series follows the character of Sarah Lancashire, Sergeant Catherine Cawood, on the trail of murderer and sex offender Tommy Lee Royce, played by Norton.

Norton said, “(Tommy) is a wicked monster, but he’s become really tempting, the kind of strange distant friend you love to see.

“I loved playing him and I miss him and the show.”

The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Friday at 10.40pm.

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