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Austin Trevor (7 October 1897 - 22 January 1978) was a Belfast born actor who had a long career in British films and television.

He was the first actor to play Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot on screen in three British films during the early 1930s: Alibi (1931), Black Coffee (1931) and Lord Edgware Dies (1934). He subsequently turned up in a character part in a later Poirot adaptation The Alphabet Murders in 1965. In 1948 he played Poirot in a BBC Saturday Night Theatre radio drama. He stated that he only got the Poirot role because he could speak with a French accent.

In the 1930 film At the Villa Rose, based on the novel by A. E. W. Mason, Trevor plays Inspector Hanaud. The character of Hanaud is often cited as being one of the inspirations when Agatha Christie created Hercule Poirot.

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