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Irish actor lands starring role in remake of classic TV series 'Poldark'

Re-make of 'Poldark' will go head to head with ITV's 'Downton Abbey' in the ratings

Aishling Phelan

Published 28/02/2014 | 08:28

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Aidan Turner hadn’t even been born when the costume-drama first aired in 1975.

Irish actor Aidan Turner has landed the lead role of Ross Poldark in the remake of a classic TV series.

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The new star of 'Poldark' hadn’t even been born when the costume-drama first aired in 1975.

Turner bears a striking resemblance to actor Robin Ellis, who originally took the part, with his dark sideburns and chiselled jaw.

The original actor in the role is now 72, but Turner is set to recapture the magic he once created in the much-loved show.

He shares the same smouldering moody looks and unruly hair as actor Ellis in the 70s.

The Dublin native, who has also starred in box-office hit 'The Hobbit', will star alongside 'Eastenders' star Lacey Turner.

Turner starred as archer Kili in the first two 'Hobbit' movies of the trilogy.

The 30-year-old has now jumped into a role that will see him working in a completely different direction.

'Poldark' is based on the Winston Graham novels set in the 18th century.

The BBC’s decision to commission a re-make of 'Poldark' will see the new series compete against ITV1’s 'Downton Abbey' when it returns later this year.

The storyline is a romantic saga about a British officer returning from the American Revolutionary War.

The original series was a Sunday night hit for BBC1 between 1975 and 1977.

Writers of the new show have not sought to stow away from the 1970s storyline, focusing on Ross Poldark’s return to a much-changed Cornwall home life.

The character returns from the war to find his father has died, his fiancée Elizabeth is now engaged to someone else and his home is overrun by drunken servants.

Writer Debbie Horsfield has been commissioned to write a six-part adaptation of the historical romance novels.

She was also the creator of the popular TV show 'Cutting It'.

Turner has also played 117-year-old vampire John Mitchell in BBC3’s supernatural hit 'Being Human'.

He was recently nominated for The Jameson Empire Awards 2014 for his character in 'The Hobbit'.

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