Wednesday 7 December 2016

It looks like Aidan Turner has made his choice between 007 and Poldark

Sasha Brady

Published 06/07/2016 | 08:06

Aidan Turner is rumoured to be in talks with James Bond producers to play the lead role in the 007 franchise.
Aidan Turner is rumoured to be in talks with James Bond producers to play the lead role in the 007 franchise.
Aidan Turner as a fully-clothed Ross Poldark
Aidan Turner in the BBC drama Poldark.
James Norton in Grantchester

Aidan Turner has been hotly tipped to be the next James Bond but with the news that BBC have ordered the third series of Poldark with the Irish actor reprising the title role, it looks like he's sticking to TV.

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The Irish actor will reprise his role as Ross Poldark, despite rumours that he was to quit the BBC show to become the next James Bond.

The period drama has been one of the most talked about shows of the past year and the second season looks set to be one of the highlights of the autumn TV schedule.

The 10-part series, adapted by Debbie Horsfield from the novels written by Winston Graham, will begin filming its third season in Cornwall later this year.

Aidan Turner in the BBC drama Poldark.
Aidan Turner in the BBC drama Poldark.

Executive producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff said: “Series two promises to take the audience on another fantastic rollercoaster ride and we’re thrilled to know that the story won’t end there.

“It’s a testament to Debbie’s brilliant storytelling and the passion of the Mammoth team that Poldark will be returning for a third series with yet more twists and turns for these much loved characters.”

Aidan Turner as a fully-clothed Ross Poldark
Aidan Turner as a fully-clothed Ross Poldark

Fans had predicted the 32-year-old could soon leave behind Cornwall's tin mines for the slick world of international espionage as they put their money on him to replace Daniel Craig.

Now that he is apparently out of the race, Happy Valley and Grantchester actor James Norton (30) has become the next favourite to play 007.

James Norton in Grantchester
James Norton in Grantchester

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