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NOTE: FOR THE SAKE OF THIS WIKI, THIS PAGE MAINLY ACCEPTED MORE VILLAINOUS VERSION OF LEO ARGYLE IN THE 2018 Miniseries.
Leo Argyll is the main antagonist of BBC's 2018 miniseries adaptation of Ordeal by Innocence, based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. He is based on Leo Argyle from the original novel, being the husband of Rachell Argyll and father of Tina, Micky, Hester and Jack Argyll, and the adptation's real murderer.
He was portrayed by Bill Nighy, who also played Viktor in the Underworld film series, Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Whitey in Flushed Away, Rattlesnake Jake in Rango, General Fallon in Jack the Giant Slayer, The Network in The World's End, Prince Naberius in I, Frankenstein and Howard Clifford in Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.
In the original story and other adaptations (including Agatha Christie's Marple), Leo is a calm and reasonable man and a supporting character, but here, he is the real murderer behind the death of Rachel Argyll, his wife.
He was also Jack's biological father through an affair with a then-teenage Kirsten Lindholm (possibly less than willing on her part); when Jack proclaimed his intention to tell all on the stand, Leo conspired with Bellamy Gould for Jack to be murdered in prison.
In order to cover up his further crimes, Leo later murders Phillip Durrant and has Arthur Calary involuntarily committed. However, his crime was later revealed by Kirsten and his children who stood against him. Leo was imprisoned by Rachel underneath his manor, while the Argyle children convinced the police that their father committed suicide.
- During his portrayl of Leo, Bill Nighy always looks like he is holding a pen in his hand because he is affected by Dupuytren's Contracture, a degenerative muscular condition which can cause the ring and little fingers to become permanently folded in towards the palm. It normally affects males over 50.
- Leo's sexual relationship with Kirsten Lindholm was created in the show. Moreover, in the original novel, Jacko is his adoptive son instead of his own son.
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