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

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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.’

Kim­ber­ley Bond Poldark re­turns on Sun­day, BBC One, 9pm

Daniel Craig is re­turn­ing as 007 – for now

Could Ai­dan be our next Bond?

Ai­dan with Eleanor, his on-screen wife

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