Hobbit hunk Aidan Turner has landed the lead role in classic TV series Poldark – 40 years after Robin Ellis first won hearts in the BBC original.
Bosses are hoping that the handsome Irishman, 30, will prove as popular as Ellis in the role of Captain Ross Poldark.
The dashing actor is best known for playing a dwarf and a vampire. Turner starred as archer Kili in the first two Hobbit movies of the trilogy– the only one of his kind not to have a full beard. In the second film his character enjoyed an illicit romance with Tauriel, played by Lost star Evangeline Lilly.
Prior to this he spent four years as 117-year-old vampire John Mitchell, one of the main characters in BBC3’s supernatural hit Being Human.
Romantic saga Poldark ran for 29 episodes from 1975, adapted from Winston Graham’s gritty novels set in late 18th century Cornwall. It became an immediate hit with British audiences and sold to 40 countries, including America. Poldark is the second most popular TV series on video, behind Pride and Prejudice.
The story tells how dashing Poldark returns to his estate from war to find Britain in the grip of a chilling recession – with his father dead, his home in ruins and the love of his life, Elizabeth, engaged to his cousin. Despite this, Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it.
The eight-part series, adapted by Cutting It writer Debbie Horsfield, will soon start filming in Cornwall and Bristol.
Aidan said: “I’m very excited to play Ross Poldark for the BBC and it’s obviously a huge challenge to honour the extraordinary character Winston Graham created. The scripts are superb, so I can’t wait to get started.”
A man of contradictions, Ross is a volatile rebel who is also full of integrity and fiercely loyal. He finds himself caught not only between two women but between two social classes.
Executive producer for Mammoth Screen, Damien Timmer, said: “Ross Poldark is an iconic role – we needed an actor with the right combination of striking looks, youthful rebelliousness, emotional complexity and maturity of presence which hints at the man he becomes across the saga.”
IRISH actor Aidan Turner has been nominated for a Jameson Empire Awards, as chosen by the readers of the popular movie mag. Turner, who starred in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, is up for Best Male Newcomer. The 30-year-old Dublin actor from Clondalkin first sprang to fame in RTÉ medical drama, The Clinic before going to star in Being Human for the BBC, and has seen his stock rise following the two Hobbit movies to date.
His fellow Irishman Michael Fassbender is up for Best Supporting actor for his role in 12 Years A Slave, a category which he will also contest at the Sunday’s Oscar awards. Here are this year’s Jameson Empire Award nominees.
BEST MALE NEWCOMER (presented by Tresor Paris)
Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
George MacKay (Sunshine On Leith)
Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Tye Sheridan (Mud)
Will Poulter (We’re The Millers)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Daniel Brühl (Rush)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)
Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World)
View the rest of the noms at the source.
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MiddleEarthnews.com — In this exclusive interview, Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman talk with Middle-earth News about their roles as Kili and Fili in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and how physically challenging some of the scenes were to film.
SPOILERS are discussed, so please be advised.
EmpireOnline.com — Morphing from a 117 year-old vampire in Being Human to one of the youngest dwarves in Thorin Oakenshield’s company gives Aidan Turner the chance to swap a craving for blood in Bristol for a quest for gold in the Misty Mountains. He’s also got a brother, Fili, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with on the journey. “We’re like William and Harry”, jokes the Irishman, “with Kili as Harry. He’s a bit more of a rebel…”
Tell us about Kili…
Well, there’s not an awful lot to go on in the book, so you have to decide how you’re going to play him with – knock things around. Kili is a bit reckless. He’s maybe a bit too cool sometimes. But he’s super-psyched about going on this huge journey as he’s never been to war, he’s only heard stories from Thorin. The relationship between him and his brother Fili is almost like Prince William and Harry.
Which royal are you? I’m the younger one, so I’d be the Harry. He’s a bit more of the rebel, but he doesn’t want to let anyone down. He’s not as loyal maybe as Fili, but he’s still part of the troop and he’s committed and wants ultimately to reclaim Moria again. They’re all super loyal, it’s one of the traits of the dwarves.
Ever think you would play a dwarf? Not really, no, but the story about being cast is kind of boring. My agent sent an audition tape to Peter and six months later I met him in London with Fran (Walsh). When I heard the news, I was shooting a vampire thing for the BBC (Being Human) and that stoked me and I flew here!
How was dwarf boot camp? A lot of going to the gym; a lot of movement classes. Dwarves are just weighed down by everything. They’re not sluggish, they just have this work-horse mentality. When they get going they’re unstoppable. With Kili it’s slightly different, because his reactions are slightly quicker than some of the others, and I’m always the first to hear stuff and see stuff. He’s one of the young lookouts.
How are you finding working in a Middle-earth? There’s more green screen than The Lord Of The Rings… I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but it’s really not difficult. Peter tells us very briefly what is going on, you look down and see this green screen and suddenly it doesn’t feel like a green screen anymore. It’s bizarre, once the cameras turn on and you know that people are going to watch your reactions, you somehow feel it, and you don’t have to mug. It’s actually strangely normal.