Harry Richardson and Tom York on being in the hit drama, causing trouble for ross and their real-life bromance…
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Demelza’s brothers are making waves in the Cornish community. Drake is out to win Morwenna’s heart, while Sam has set his heart on saving souls.
It’s only a matter of time before dastardly banker George Warleggan makes two new adversaries. We get the inside story from Harry Richardson and Tom York (right), who play the newcomers.
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Given the easy banter flowing between them, you’d be forgiven for thinking Poldark’s new heartthrobs Harry Richardson and Tom York had been friends for years.
Today, TV Times joins Harry and Tom – who play Demelza Poldark’s brothers Drake and Sam Carne – as they take a break between shooting scenes for the BBC1 megahit.
With their terrific chemistry away from the cameras as well as on screen, we’re surprised to learn they first met while auditioning for the series.
‘Everyone assumes we’re brothers in real life,’ laughs Tom, whose credits include fantasy series Olympus. ‘It happens a lot because we get on so well and hang out outside of work.’
‘We got along like a house on fire from the first day,’ says Australian Harry, who starred in last year’s ITV costume drama Doctor Thorne.
This week, Drake’s relationship with Morwenna continues to blossom, while preacher Sam finds that George has revoked the Methodist’s property lease.
Drake and Sam do differ personality-wise, but they have an amazing bond, don’t they? Harry: Yes, they balance each other well and work together as a team. Tom: Obviously, Sam’s very serious, while Drake…
Harry: …needs to be on a lead probably! Drake’s a very excitable lad and is testing where he sits in the world – whether that’s under his older brother’s wing of devout Methodism, or taking a leaf out of Demelza’s book by carving out his own path. He starts to realise what’s important to him.
Tom, what’s your take on Sam...
Tom: Sam’s had a tough life; he had an abusive father, his mother wasn’t around, he lives in poverty, his sister leaves and, as the oldest son, he’s trying to look after everyone else. He soon finds this dogmatic form of Christianity, and it saves his life. It’s very rare as a young man to get to play a part where there is a real principle.
How is the brothers’ relationship with Demelza? Harry: Demelza and Drake’s relationship has always been very strong. They’re very similar in their passion and love for life.
Tom: It’s a complicated situation. As siblings there’s a very strong love between them, but Demelza did leave. Nobody could blame her for doing so, but the boys were abandoned in a sense, however that’s more from Sam’s perspective. Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays
Everyone assumes we’re brothers in real life tom
I’m sure Aidan will be grateful if we can divert some attention! harry
Demelza, is so great and we built up a rapport before we started filming.
Do the brothers get on well with their in-law, Ross?
Harry: The arrival of two young lads who are potentially going to cause more trouble might rub Ross up the wrong way, but their relationship warms. However, there will be some ups and downs… Tom: If anything is a block on bringing Demelza to Methodism, it’s Ross, so they have a fractious relationship. Ross probably
regrets taking the boys in!
There have been many stories about you two stealing Aidan’s heartthrob crown. How does he feel about that?
Harry: Ha ha! He hasn’t said anything about it. If anything, I’m sure Aidan will be grateful if we can divert some attention away from him!
Tom: We’re probably a lot more dorky than you think!
It was love at first sight for Drake and Morwenna. But with Drake on Team Poldark and Morwenna living under George Warleggans’ roof, can they ever be together? Harry: Drake falls head over heels for Morwenna. Their love is very instant and pure despite all of the external pressures put on them such as the questions of class differences and social problems. But they’re quite persistent. We’ll have to see if it works or it doesn’t… Tom: Sam also has a love interest, which is very difficult for him because he’s supposed to be devoted to God. But he can’t help himself and he falls in love with the wrong girl.
Is the girl in question Tholly Tregirls’ daughter Emma Tregirls (played by Ciara Charteris)?
Tom: [laughing] I couldn’t say!
Harry, later in the series Drake turns his hand to blacksmithing. Tell us about your training… Harry: I spent a day with a real-life blacksmith, a bunch of hammers and an anvil, which was fascinating and fun. I made some beautiful doorstops and coat hangers. I learned about how it was done during this period, which was very helpful.
Finally, are you enjoying the 18th-century costumes?
Harry: My costume is super-earthy and very grubby, I get covered in dirt every day, but on the plus side in between scenes I don’t have to worry about where I sit or getting dirty. Tom: I love them! Sam has two main outfits: a worn down miner’s one and a preacher costume. When I put it on, I feel a sense of power and gravitas!
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admire the view: Tom as Sam and Harry as drake Sister act: demelza with the boys