He has done ever since his double-breakthrough in 2009 as one of three supernatural housemates in BBC3 comedy-drama Being Human, and as a caddish Dante Gabriel Rossetti in BBC2’s Desperate Romantics. From there, he leapt to another ensemble piece, though on a rather grander scale, playing Kili the dwarf in The Hobbit trilogy. But now, finally, he’s snagged that elusive lead role.
“If it had happened five, six years ago, I might not have been ready,” the 31-year-old concedes. “It’s been a slow build-up, but I feel like it’s my time.” And not just any lead role, but one that has been the subject of fervent speculation: the eponymous hero in Poldark, the BBC’s latest adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels of derring-do in 18th century Cornwall, a modern re-telling of the corporation’s legendary 1970s series.
Rather more sinewy than your average Sunday night escapism, it has at its heart a hero who, unlike the man who plays him, is initially hard to warm to. Ross Poldark is a south coast Heathcliff: aloof and stubbornly principled, prone to violent outbursts and brooding grumpily over real or imagined slights.
He has his reasons: presumed dead in the American War of Independence after being conscripted for brawling, Poldark returns home to find his father deceased, the family estate in penury and the love of his life betrothed to his cousin.
Modern political parallels are to the fore: financiers are closing local copper mines to protect profit margins, while unemployment and despondency grow. The sense of hardscrabble desperation is embodied in the opening episode by Poldark’s fight with a local yokel; involving neither buckle nor swash, it instead begins with a head butt and ends with a knee in the face.
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Irish actor Aidan Turner has promised fans he’ll be naked a lot in his new TV series.
Aidan stars as Captain Ross Poldark in the remake of 1970?s hit Poldark and has revealed he doesn’t wear much clothing.
“If I could change anything about Ross Poldark I’d get him some clothes for the second episode,” he said.
The Irish hunk stars in the remake which initially attracted 18 million viewers in the 1970s.
With the original series having ended in 1977, it’s understandable that poor Aidan had never heard of it.
“The offer came in and I said, ‘what the hell’s Poldark?’ I had to Google it. Then I called my mum. She said: ‘You’d better not mess this up’,” he explained.
The series, which is set among the tin mines of 18th-century Cornwall will have an eight part run with a post-watershed 9pm slot.
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“He has elements of Darcy, Heathcliffe, Rochester, Rhett Butler and Robin Hood – quite a combination,” she revealed.
“I was scared I’d emulate Robin’s performance, and I wanted to see what I could come up with myself,” Aidan said.
– The first episode of Poldark airs March 8
Press Association uploaded a video about Aidan featuring Poldark’s remake and included a brief words of the artist.
As Poldark remakes releasing date approaches, the press is writing about it all over the internet. this article compares the old show with the upcoming one. quite interesting really.
Poldark revolves around an 18th-century love triangle involving army officer Ross Poldark, his well-bred former fiancée Elizabeth and servant girl Demelza, whom he eventually marries.
Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to find that his father has died and his home is overrun by drunken servants.
What’s more, because he had been presumed dead, Elizabeth has got engaged to someone else.
As he embarks on a new life as a tin miner in his native Cornwall, he finds himself at war with greedy local landowners the Warleggan clan.
A WINNING FORMULA
The original Poldark, made up of two series totalling 29 episodes, ran from 1975 to 1977.
It attracted 15 million viewers per episode at its height and became such a phenomenon that some vicars cancelled or rescheduled church services to avoid a clash.
Poldark has proved to be one of the most popular TV series ever made and was sold to more than 40 countries.
The new eight-part series of Poldark will be shown on BBC1 on Sunday nights from March 8.
The original TV series used material from the first seven books, while the new version is based on the first two.
If it catches on, however, the BBC intends to adapt all 12 novels.
THE CAST THEN AND NOW
Then: Robin Ellis
The man who made a generation of housewives go weak at the knees very nearly missed out on the part that has defined his career.
The actor Leigh Lawson, who went on to marry iconic 60s model Twiggy, was the original first choice to play the eponymous hero but pulled out after being offered a film role.
Ellis stepped in. But while playing Ross Poldark brought him fame it didn’t make him a fortune.
He earned a total of just £14,000 from the 29 episodes (£90,000 in today’s money) and glamour-seeking American journalists who arrived to interview him were disappointed to find that he lived in a pokey flat and drove a beaten-up Volvo.
That didn’t stop one of them marrying him. He met Meredith Wheeler when she interviewed him for ABC News in New York in 1986 and the couple now live in a former rectory in southern France where they write cookery books for diabetics and host cookery courses.
While Ellis, 73, makes way for Aidan Turner to play the title role in the new series, he will have a cameo role in two episodes as the Reverend Halse, a magistrate.
Now: Aidan Turner
Already being hailed as “the new Colin Firth”, a reference to that actor’s role as Mr Darcy in Pride And Prejudice, the extremely buff 31-year-old looks to have all the equipment necessary to fill Ellis’s shoes.
Turner, whose main credits to date are a role as a vampire in the supernatural drama series Being Human and another as a dwarf in the The Hobbit trilogy, was not born when the original Poldark series was screened and has refused to watch it in order not to be influenced by Ellis’s towering performance.
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