Could Aidan be the new 007?
Aidan Turner hints he could be swapping Cornish ale for martinis that are shaken and not stirred, as the Poldark star has his say on those James Bond rumours
Aidan Turner will soon be back warming up our Sunday nights as Poldark returns to BBC One for its fourth series. The hugely popular drama, which has already been commissioned for a fifth season, will see Ross Poldark head for high office as he takes on his long-standing rival George Warleggan in a race to Westminster.
But as viewers witness Ross entering the Houses of Parliament, Aidan teases he may be making his way to MI6 to play the next James Bond.
The Irish actor, 34, has been a contender for the coveted film role, after rumours current star Daniel Craig is set to step down after 12 years in the role.
‘This question has come up quite a lot in recent times,’ he laughs when he’s asked. ‘There’s someone else playing the role, but when it’s free, I’ll have a look.’
With his dark good looks and rippling six-pack, it’s little wonder Aidan, who has also starred in The Hobbit and Being Human, is such a hot favourite for the role.
His toned physique is played out for maximum effect on Poldark – and series four is no exception. In the opening scenes, Ross bares his chiselled chest as he steps out from the sea.
‘It was pretty cold,’ shivers Aidan as he remembers. ‘We film Poldark in Cornwall in September time. It wasn’t pleasant. We filmed that really early in the morning as well!’
But despite griping about his early wake-up call, Aidan is more than happy to be lusted after by the show’s six million viewers.
‘I don’t mind at all,’ he says coyly. ‘Go for it. I have to keep relatively fit just to fit into the costumes, actually. They make them super-tight!
But fans of Aidan won’t be able to tell him just how much they appreciate his topless antics on the show, as the actor refuses to have any social media.
The notoriously private Aidan, who grows a full beard when not filming Poldark, says Twitter and Instagram ‘are just not his jam’.
‘I do a Q&A with fans but, personally, I just don’t feel the need to have social media in my life,’ he says. ‘I don’t care to listen to people criticising me who I don’t even know. There’s nothing I get from it.’
While Aidan may not have much interaction with fans of the show, he has become incredibly close to the cast – with filming every year being like ‘one big family reunion’, according to the star.
One such friendship is with Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays his on-screen wife, Demelza.
‘We had this connection as soon as the camera started rolling,’ he explains.
‘We connect as characters. We just seem to work.’
But while their relationship was scrutinised as closely off-screen as it was on-screen, Aidan is reportedly engaged to a 24-year-old graduate lawyer – just a year after splitting with ex-girlfriend, London-based artist, Nettie Wakefield.
‘Relationships are complicated, complex and tricky,’ Aidan says. ‘As you get older, you go through experiences, things become a bit bigger and you chill out a little bit more. I’m aware and more sensitive to people and situations now.’
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Aidan with Eleanor, his on-screen wife