We chat with Ai­dan Turner, dash­ing star of Cor­nish drama Poldark

On lo­ca­tion in the West Coun­try, Ai­dan Turner talks to TV Times about the re­turn of the Cor­nish swash­buck­ler

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Ai­dan Turner is a breath of fresh air. Since tak­ing on the cov­eted role of swash­buck­ling hero Ross Poldark in BBC1’S hit Cor­nish cos­tume saga Poldark in 2015, Ai­dan has be­come a house­hold name and a sex sym­bol across the globe.

It would be easy to un­der­stand if all that at­ten­tion had changed him. But, we are pleased to re­port, when TV Times meets the cast dur­ing film­ing of the much-an­tic­i­pated third se­ries, we find Ai­dan as friendly, good­hu­moured and can­did as he was when we met him be­fore se­ries one aired.

For those of you won­der­ing, he is even more hand­some in the flesh! Ai­dan, who turns 34 on 19 June, beams with pride as he prom­ises us that this nine-part se­ries is go­ing to be the most ex­plo­sive yet...

The story has moved to 1794 and ross faces new bat­tles, new fam­ily mem­bers and new loves, as the French revo­lu­tion casts a long shadow over life at nam­para. Tell us more, Ai­dan… It’s a huge year and very ex­cit­ing, as there are many fresh faces. There’s lots in store for Ross, and you re­ally feel he and wife Demelza are grow­ing in their relationship. It doesn’t seem that long ago since Ross took in this urchin to work in his kitchen, so it’s great to see where they are now.

The sec­ond se­ries ended with ross and demelza (played by eleanor Tom­lin­son) back in each other’s arms af­ter the fall­out from his con­tro­ver­sial night with first love el­iz­a­beth (Heida reed).

Has demelza al­most leav­ing him changed their


I don’t think Ross ever imag­ined she would go, so when she had her bags packed, that’s when the sever­ity of what he did hit home. He was very lucky that Demelza hung on. Re­al­is­ing how he could lose her, Ross is now cau­tious and lis­tens to her more in this se­ries. She tends to be right most of the time, far more of­ten than he is.

it sounds as though ross is a changed man for se­ries three… Yes, he’s grow­ing up and isn’t get­ting into the same sort of tus­sles that he did with his neme­sis Ge­orge [War­leg­gan]. His de­ci­sions are now more mea­sured, but he still does things that are out­ra­geous – that’s why we love him!

with el­iz­a­beth now preg­nant, the ques­tion of pa­ter­nity hangs over them as ross won­ders if her un­born baby be­longs to him or ge­orge – now el­iz­a­beth’s hus­band. will we learn who the daddy is? [Laugh­ing] I can’t say any­thing!

ok! so, given the suc­cess of the first two se­ries, is there more pres­sure with the third one?

Not re­ally, I’ve never felt pres­sure. I keep my head out of that bit. It’s great that the show is pop­u­lar and it’s nice to come back on the first day of a new se­ries know­ing that. I only feel the pres­sure when try­ing not to fall off my horse!

did you pass on any words of wis­dom to the new cast mem­bers about han­dling such a big show? Don’t look me in the eye when we are on set – and I told them how I like my cof­fee. That’s a joke! Any ad­vice? I’m not sure I’m in a po­si­tion to give ad­vice to any­one – they’re all fairly ex­pe­ri­enced, they’re tak­ing it in their stride and they’re smash­ing.

why do view­ers love ross?

He’s flawed, but also coura­geous and al­ways help­ing peo­ple; he’s not a self­ish per­son. He’s not lazy and never rests on his lau­rels, ei­ther, which is what I like most about him.

would you go for a drink with him? Yeah – he’s a fine per­son, a man of prin­ci­ple, and he has a great sense of hu­mour. Plus, he’s a good drinker so it’d be a de­cent night!

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