6 Things You Need to Know About Poldark’s Aidan Turner

Irish actor Aidan Turner stole American hearts when Poldark rode onto our screens. Get to know anything and everything about the star that’s taking the UK by storm; start with these six things you need to know about Aidan Turner.


  1. 1.

    He Ballroom Danced Competitively

    Long before dancing in the fictitious assembly rooms of Cornwall, Turner was nimbly leading partners across the dance floors throughout the UK as a competitive dancer, having trained for a decade in Latin American and Ballroom dancing! Tango, anyone?

  2. 2.

    He's Not a Social Media Fan

    Unlike his castmates @RubyBentall and @ReedHeida, Turner doesn’t have an active social presence. “I don’t do social media—maybe people should know that, because there’s probably a bunch of fake…things out there, Instagrams and all that, and Facebooks.”

  3. 3.

    That Really Is His Real Hair

    Turner’s mass of dark, windswept, romantic curls are so swoon-worthy, they’ve even inspired their own Twitter presence! But are they real? “We had hair extensions for a little while until it grew, and then we took them out. Yeah, it really is my hair, as wild as it is!”

  4. 4.

    He Was Always Going to Play Ross

    Poldark‘s executive producer, Debbie Horsfield, wanted Aidan and only Aidan for the lead role. Turner described being offered the part, without so much as a screen test, to the New York Post: “There was a knock on the door and the FedEx guy was there with the first two Poldark books and all eight scripts for the series. I thought, ‘What on earth is this?’ Then my agent calls and says there’s an offer for me to play the part of Ross Poldark. That had never happened to me before. It was surreal.”

  5. 5.

    He Was Once a Lego!

    Aidan Turner has his very own fierce little Kili Lego minifigure from his work on The Hobbit films. Perhaps he’ll soon get a Playmobil Poldark, lovingly created by Cornwall native and Poldark super-fan Leon Hickmott, to display alongside it!

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    He Has Tattoos

    For his role in Poldark, Turner had more than muscles under his billowing white shirt. Poldark’s hair and makeup stylist Jacqueline Fowler told RadioTimes, “I only had to cover up his tattoos—he’s got two on his upper arm, one of them is Chinese writing, the other I can’t remember—if he was shirtless or in bed.” Another Turner/tattoo connection: he’s set to hit the big screen alongside Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara (and Theo James, Downton Abbey‘s Kemal Pamuk!) in the feature film The Secret Scripture.

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