Wednesday 7 December 2016

Poldark bosses worried Aidan Turner wasn’t ‘attractive’ enough for the role

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 17/04/2016 | 14:30

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark
Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark
Aidan Turner in the BBC drama Poldark.
Aiden Turner

Ross Poldark’s famed shirtless scything scene left the nation’s pulses racing, but the show’s producers feared audiences wouldn’t be impressed with Irish actor Aidan Turner.

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The hit BBC series made the 32-year-old a global heartthrob, but apparently there were concerns during filming that he would be a flop with viewers.

Composer Anne Dudley, who wrote the theme song for the show, revealed that she had to dismiss the worries of Damien Timmer, executive producer of the series.

She told the Daily Telegraph that Timmer turned to her one day on set and asked, “Do you think women will find Aidan attractive?”

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

“I don’t think you’ll have any problems there,” Dudley replied.

Evidently, they did not - the period drama drew in millions of viewers, with 5.9m tuning in for the season finale.

The second season is currently being filmed, and is expected to air this autumn.

Aiden Turner
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