POLDARK ROLE A GALLOPING SUCCESS
Perhaps it’s the flowing locks, the proud stance or his wistful looks out over the poetic vastness of Cornwall’s majestic coastline.
All Poldark star Aidan Turner knows is that his equine co-star Seamus – who plays his trusty steed Darkie – on the BBC period drama now has a fan following to rival the show’s leading man, including his own Facebook page.
“He’s going to have quite an ego when I get back for season two, for sure,” Turner said, laughing while on production break at home in Dublin.
But Turner is too much of a team player to take all the credit for the show’s ratings success and cult following.
Taking the reins for the first time as Ross Poldark, the 31year-old has been thrust into the same spotlight which launched the international careers of actors Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.
Based on a 12-book series, adapted to similarly huge TV audience numbers in the 1970s, Poldark has again captured imaginations – with the series finale attracting close to 10 million viewers in the UK last month.
Turner admits there was nervousness about replicating the series’ earlier success, but author Winston Graham’s writing – adapted this time by screenwriter Deborah Horsfield – remains as relevant today.
“People will always want to read good stories about love and rivalry and friendship and all the really important things in life. When they’re executed well (as this production has), well, you can have a success on your hands,” he said.
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“People will always want to read good stories about love and rivalry”
AIDAN TURNER ON POLDARK’S APPEAL