The Hobbit and Being Human star Aidan Turner will take on the role of Ross Poldark in BBC’s remake of the 1970’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels.
“He is a brilliant actor who is part of the BBC family,” said Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning. “We are excited he is coming back from Hollywood.”
The 18th century drama sees British Army officer Ross Poldark return from the American Revolutionary War only to find to his home in Cornwall in ruins and that his fiancée Elizabeth is about to marry his cousin, Francis Poldark. Ross attempts to restore his own fortunes by reopening one of the family’s tin mines.
The new six-part series, which will air next year, has been adapted from Graham’s novels by Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It) and is directed by Ed Bazalgette (The Guilty, Endeavour). The original series starred Robin Ellis in the lead role.
Aidan said “I’m very excited to play Ross Poldark for the BBC and it’s obviously a huge challenge to honour the extraordinary character Winston Graham created and who Debbie Horsfield has brought new life to. But there’s a terrific team coming together and the scripts are superb, so I can’t wait to get started.”