Christies Female Characters News


A selection of Christie’s celebrated women

2nd March 2018

Not only was Agatha Christie herself an incredible woman and perhaps unsurprisingly many of the female characters she created in her books were too. Between 1920 and the 1970s, Christie created an array of adventurous, independent and inspiring women, we’ve picked a few of our favourites… 

Miss Marple

A list of our favourite Christie characters just wouldn’t be complete without Miss Marple. In Miss Marple, Christie shows that looks can be deceiving. Many dismiss the elderly sleuth, but Marple’s unique method of detection leads her to solve crimes that baffle respected police investigators. An elderly spinster often overlooked and underestimated by society, resolving crimes that experts can’t. The ever humble Christie never expected any of her characters to become world famous but since the publication of The Murder at the Vicarage in 1930, Marple's first full-length novel, readers were hooked.

Tuppence Beresford

Tuppence Beresford was introduced in Agatha Christie’s second published novel, The Secret Adversary. Tuppence always appears alongside her ‘partner in crime’, Tommy, who becomes her fiancé by the end of their first book. They set up the ‘Young Adventurers Ltd,’ advertising their services in The Times with the advert, ‘Willing to do anything, go anywhere. Pay must be good. No unreasonable offer refused.’ Tuppence often leads the way with her impetuous, charismatic nature while Tommy’s slow, considered manner provides the perfect foil.

Anne Beddingfield

Christie channels her inner adventurer through a character from one of her early novels, The Man in the Brown Suit. Meet Anne Beddingfield, or as she calls herself, Anna the Adventuress. Rejecting a marriage proposal that offers her safety and comfort, Anne heads to London seeking adventure. Adventure immediately finds her and soon enough Anne becomes entangled in a web of intrigue which sees her head to South Africa in search of the truth.

Caroline Hubbard

Mrs Hubbard is the embodiment of the archetypal, loud American matriarch, who boards the Orient Express in Istanbul after visiting her daughter in Smyrna. Widowed and semi-independent, she is, rather unusually, travelling unaccompanied through Europe towards Paris. Her over-the-top personality and talkative nature keep the conversation with fellow passengers flowing, but her egocentricity causes annoyances on the journey.

Lucy Eylesbarrow

Lucy Eyelesbarrow is arguably the most modern and practical of all Christie’s female characters and stars in 4:50 from Paddington. Despite getting a First in Maths at Oxford University and facing a successful academic career, Lucy decided to pursue her fortune in an unexpectedly shrewd way. Spotting a potentially lucrative gap in the market for skilled domestic help, she set herself up as an indispensable addition to household management, and as a result was very much in demand and extremely well paid.

Lucy met Miss Marple when she helped her recover from pneumonia. Two years later, the elderly lady called upon Lucy to be her eyes and ears when she suspected a body had been thrown off a train. Naturally, efficient Lucy did what needed to be done, and amusingly received the romantic interest of multiple members of the opposite sex along the way.

Countess Vera Rossakoff

Vera Rossakoff is an indomitable Russian countess that sweeps into Hercule Poirot’s life for the first time during the investigation of a jewellery robbery in the short story, The Double Clue. Poirot openly admits his admiration and fondness for this flamboyant and imaginative master thief, whom he describes as “a woman in a thousand”.

The countess is an interesting creation of Christie’s, being deeply involved as she is in organised crime. She appears face to face with Poirot on a further three occasions, once initially under an alias, and is the closest he has to a regular adversary; an interesting juxtaposition for the Belgian detective, for she also happens to be the only woman to have captured his heart. Their third and final encounter sees Poirot come to her aid amidst her continued dealings with the criminal underworld.