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Hester argyle

Ella Purnell as Hester Argyle

In the novel Ordeal by Innocence, Hester Argyle is an adopted daughter of Leo and Rachel. She is about 20 and is challenged to find her own place in the world. She shows her strong emotions.

She is described by Dr Arthur Calgary as "the face of Trgaedy itself--it was a young face. Indeed it was in the poignancy of its youth that tragedy had its very essence". She had deep blue eyes and black hair.

Portrayals[]

Ordeal by Innocence (1984)[]

In the Cannon Films 1984 adaptation, Hester is portrayed by Valerie Whittington. Here she is considerably younger, being only about fourteen at the time Arthur Calgary appears at the house. Like in the original novel, she is especially close to Kirsten Lindstrom and also like in the original novel, she befriends Arthur Calgary, although obviously not in a romantic manner. She is portrayed as an inquisitive snooper, always eavesdropping on conversations. Philip Durrant says of her that she would have been an asset to British intelligence during the war. She is a source of information and gossip and hence tells Arthur Calgary about Jacko Argyle and the wife of the bookmaker Archie Leach for example. Hester also tells Arthur Calgary that at the time of Rachel Argyle's murder, she was in the kitchen helping Kristin with the cooking. But later Maureen reveals that Hester was actually in her cinema, watching an "X" movie. She is not allowed out at night so she obviously would have lied about her whereabouts. This revelation turns out to be crucial to Calgary's investigation. At one point Hester also runs away from Sunny Point to Dartmouth because she is afraid of what is going on in the house. She meets Calgary who persuades her to go back. She returns just in time to stumble upon the body of Philip Durrant who has just been murdered.

Agatha Christie's Marple (2007)[]

In the 2007 Agatha Christie's Marple episode Ordeal by Innocence, Hester is portrayed by Stephanie Leonidas

Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha (2009)[]

In Am Stram Gram, the France Télévisions adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence for the TV series Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie, the parallel character is Esther Vallabrègues.

Ordeal by Innocence (BBC 2018)[]

In the BBC miniseries adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence, she was portrayed by Ella Purnell.

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