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Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer says men are objectified too: 'Look at Aidan Turner'

Catherine Wylie

Published 11/08/2015 | 07:58

Natalie Dormer and Aidan Turner (inset)
Natalie Dormer and Aidan Turner (inset)
Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones
Actress Natalie Dormer attends Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass panel and presentation and presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Aidan Turner prepares for his scything scene in Poldark
Natalie Dormer attends the Roksanda show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at Seymour Hall on February 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer says men are objectified as much as women in the world of showbiz, and pointed to Aidan Turner's Poldark as an example.

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The 33-year-old actress, who is set to appear in 18th Century drama The Scandalous Lady on BBC 2, also said she believes "perseverance will out".

Asked about her personal experience of sexism in her line of work, Dormer told Radio Times magazine: "My personal experience has been to work on phenomenal jobs in which the men are objectified as much as the women.

"Actors suffer from it too. Wasn't there a thing about Aidan Turner in Poldark?

Aidan Turner prepares for his scything scene in Poldark
Aidan Turner prepares for his scything scene in Poldark

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"It's a visual medium, so to a certain extent you get judged on the way you look.

"We're not just talking about being slim here. We're talking about character actors with big eyes getting typecast in the 'friend' role.

"It's not just about so-called bed-ability: it's about your physicality more generally.

Actress Natalie Dormer attends Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass panel and presentation and presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Dormer attends Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass panel and presentation and presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

"I believe that perseverance will out, that if you're good and you work hard, everyone will notice."

Turner (32), from Clondalkin, won millions of fans for his brooding role as Captain Ross Poldark in the BBC's hit remake, and the Cornish-set saga has been recommissioned for a second series.

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Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones
Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones

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