Former Heartbeat heartthrob Jason Durr is heading to Ireland later this month to play Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's stage play, Black Coffee.

The 47-year-old actor, who has a penchant for playing famous detectives, will portray Poirot in the only play Christie wrote featuring the famous sleuth, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre later this month. 

Speaking to RTÉ, Durr, who is half Irish, said he can’t wait to catch up with old friends when he arrives in Dublin. 

"My mother was Irish, I have my Irish passport. I love Ireland, I always have done, I have been visiting Ireland especially Dublin throughout my life and also Northern Ireland. 

"It's absolutely beautiful, you are very lucky having such a beautiful country, I am thoroughly looking forward to coming back and seeing my friends. It will be really enjoyable."

Durr says that Black Coffee is very much a whodunnit and also a "how-dunnit".

"It is set in a quintessentially English estate which is thrown into chaos following the murder of the Lord of the Manor. He was an eccentric inventor and he invented a formula to a very destructive weapon.

"When news spreads that the formula has been stolen, Poirot is called in, but unfortunately he arrives a few moments too late. Poirot senses there is a potent brew of despair and treachery and it is up to him to work out what has happened. It's a whodunnit and a `how-dunnit'."

Durr also revealed he will absolutely be growing his own Poirot moustache for the role. "I think the idea that I can walk around Dublin with my own Hercule Poirot moustache that I have grown on my face is very exciting. 

"You will then see just how seriously I am taking this part. It will be a medal of honour."

Black Coffee runs at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from June 23 to 28 and tickets are on sale now. 

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