Sunday 11 December 2016

Aidan Turner injured in freak accident while filming Poldark series

Sherna Noah

Published 30/08/2016 | 07:40

Poldark and its star Aidan Turner will returning for a new series (BBC/PA)
Poldark and its star Aidan Turner will returning for a new series (BBC/PA)
Actor Aidan Turner poses for a portrait at the Poldark Series 2 Preview Screening at the BFI on August 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Poldark star Aidan Turner was injured by a freak wave while filming the drama.

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The second series starts this weekend, after its debut season was a huge and unexpected hit for the BBC.

However, Dubliner Turner has revealed he was hurt and even dropped Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays Demelza, in the sea off the Cornish coast during filming.

"There's nothing like the Cornish sea at the height of winter for putting you in your place," he said.

Actor Aidan Turner poses for a portrait at the Poldark Series 2 Preview Screening at the BFI on August 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Actor Aidan Turner poses for a portrait at the Poldark Series 2 Preview Screening at the BFI on August 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

"We were filming me lifting Demelza out of a boat in the actual sea when this huge wave picked up the boat and slammed it into my head. I dropped her in the water - not very Ross Poldark."

Aidan said he was not the only member of the cast and crew who was hurt.

"One of the underwater cameramen got cracked as well and he was concussed," he told Radio Times.

"These waves, you wouldn't think there's anything to them, but once you get out there you're at the mercy of Mother Nature and she doesn't care how well the previous season rated."

Poldark returns on Sunday night when it goes head to head with Victoria, ITV's period drama starring Jenna Coleman.

The finale of the first series last year saw Poldark arrested for murder and plundering a shipwreck while his wife Demelza was left alone on the Cornish clifftop.

Turner said that despite filming in the heart of winter, he tried to remain cheery.

"If somebody is grumpy, it's hard to get the crew going," he said, "so no matter how cold it is, you just have to man up and get on with it."

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