With Aidan Turner set to make his debut in the lead role in BBC One’s new adaptation of classic Cornwall-set period drama Poldark next month, the Dublin actor has been speaking about what’s in store, going topless, and Seamus, the horse.
Turner’s co-stars include Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley), Heida Reed (Silent Witness), Ruby Bentall (The Paradise), Jack Farthing (Blandings), Kyle Solder (Anna Karenina), the late Warren Clarke (Red Riding), Phil Davies (Whitechapel), Beatie Edney (Poirot) and Robin Ellis, who played the title role in the original 1975-77 BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed novels.
Turner has said of the show: “I had never heard of Poldark but when I told my parents I was going to play Ross they nearly had a fit! The previous 1970s series was popular in Ireland, I guess because people could relate to it – the farming, the scenery, the horses… it is continually surprising meeting people who are so excited to hear we are making a new adaptation.”
Here, Turner talks more about his character.
Ross Poldark – the man
When we first meet Ross he is in turmoil. He went away to war a young, cocky, confident character with a carefree attitude, who was running away from a lot of things. In America he was faced with death on a daily basis and then when he returns to England he doesn’t really know who he is anymore.
When he arrives back in Cornwall everything’s changed for him: his father has died, his land is barren, the local tin mines are going through a hard time and laying off workers, leaving the region on its knees, and he’s lost Elizabeth, his childhood sweetheart who he expected to marry on his return.
Ross knows he needs to pick himself up and try and find who he is and where he lies in this new world.
BBC One just posted the official trailer for Poldark. Enjoy!
BBC One posted a new poster from the upcoming Poldark tv-show.
Here’s a preview of PBS drama shows for this season, Poldark among them, thanks to Aidan Turner Forever who have uploaded Aidan’s part to YouTube.
PBS’ Drama Preview of Aidan Turner’s Poldark which premieres in the USA on Masterpiece Theatre on Sunday, June 14 at 9pm for an 8-episode run. This series will first air in the UK on BBC One in March. Poldark will also air in Australia later this year. Other international sales are in the works.
Poldark panel was part of TCA 2015 Winter tour and Aidan was part of it. The panel took place on January 19th in Pasadena, California (USA). Good news is we know the show will premiere in June 2015.
Aidan attended the Afternoon Tea At The British Consulate Celebrating Wolf Hall Airing On Masterpiece On PBS on January 18th, 2015