Spotlight: Poldark Stars, On-Screen & Off
Whether they're sporting tricorn hats, voluminous ball gowns, or a grotesque set of prosthetic teeth, the characters of Poldark look very different than their off-screen counterparts. See what the stars look like in real life, when they're not saving their family fortune, pining over unrequited love, or toiling deep down in the mines of Cornwall.
Ross Poldark/Aidan Turner
penchant for risk taking is evident in Turner’s personal style, which often
features bold and unexpected prints. And, just like Ross, Turner can sweep a
lady off her feet on a dancefloor! The actor acquired some impressive skills when he competed in ballroom dance for many years before turning to acting.
Demelza Carne/Eleanor Tomlinson
From waifish to red-hot! Actress Eleanor Tomlinson went
ginger for her role in Poldark, and
has since told Vogue (UK), “I’ve kept
the red hair. I love it.” It’s not the first time Tomlinson used her locks to
get into character: To pique the interest of the Poldark casting team, she showed up to her audition wearing baggy
boys clothes and with her hair in a “messy, greasy, horrible bun,” (The Times, UK).
Verity Poldark/Ruby Bentall
Actress Ruby Bentall is a veritable beauty! Though she plays the restrained, lovelorn Verity, in everyday life Bentall has a distinctive personal style: opting for chic, sophisticated looks with a distinctly feminine flair.
Elizabeth Chynoweth/Heida Reed
A native of Iceland, the stunning Heida Reed was born Heiða Rún
Sigurðardóttir—but later adopted a simpler stage name. While her real-life locks tend to be
more natural and tousled, her role in Poldark
required much more upkeep. “I had the most hair
which means my pick-up call is the earliest. Five am,” she told the The Herald (Scotland).
Captain Andrew Blamey/Richard Harrington
Actor Richard Harrington shares his Poldark character’s dark hair and soulful gaze, but the comparisons don’t end there! Harrington also possesses Blamey’s sense of adventure: last year the actor ran the Marathon De Sabre, a six-day, 156 mile race across the Sahara desert.
“Pick me liver!” Actor Phil Davis needed a lot of grit and
grime for his transformation to malevolent manservant Jud. From a murderous
cabbie in Sherlock, to his
ill-natured role in Poldark—Davis is no
stranger to playing the villain. “I play a lot of angry
and evil characters…psychopaths, serial killers, nut cases. God knows why?
Maybe it’s my face!” He joked with Strike
Actress Beatie Edney is a far cry from the crusty, crabby
Prudie! Though the role required a physical transformation—including a set of
prosthetic teeth—Prudie’s long-suffering relationship with partner Jud is no
new story for Edney. The actress has been the bedrock for her leading men since
her days as Heather MacLeod in Highlander
films, and more recently as Queen Charlotte in The Madness of George III at the Apollo Theatre in London.