Hero hobbit Aidan Turner has embarked on new quest as star of Poldark
Tolkien's archer Kili took aim at the role of Captain Ross Poldark and hit the bullseye
Hobbit hunk Aidan Turner has landed the lead role in classic TV series Poldark – 40 years after Robin Ellis first won hearts in the BBC original.
Bosses are hoping that the handsome Irishman, 30, will prove as popular as Ellis in the role of Captain Ross Poldark.
The dashing actor is best known for playing a dwarf and a vampire. Turner starred as archer Kili in the first two Hobbit movies of the trilogy– the only one of his kind not to have a full beard. In the second film his character enjoyed an illicit romance with Tauriel, played by Lost star Evangeline Lilly.
Prior to this he spent four years as 117-year-old vampire John Mitchell, one of the main characters in BBC3’s supernatural hit Being Human.
Romantic saga Poldark ran for 29 episodes from 1975, adapted from Winston Graham’s gritty novels set in late 18th century Cornwall. It became an immediate hit with British audiences and sold to 40 countries, including America. Poldark is the second most popular TV series on video, behind Pride and Prejudice.
The story tells how dashing Poldark returns to his estate from war to find Britain in the grip of a chilling recession – with his father dead, his home in ruins and the love of his life, Elizabeth, engaged to his cousin. Despite this, Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it.
The eight-part series, adapted by Cutting It writer Debbie Horsfield, will soon start filming in Cornwall and Bristol.
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. The scripts are superb, so I can’t wait to get started.”
A man of contradictions, Ross is a volatile rebel who is also full of integrity and fiercely loyal. He finds himself caught not only between two women but between two social classes.
Executive producer for Mammoth Screen, Damien Timmer, said: “Ross Poldark is an iconic role - we needed an actor with the right combination of striking looks, youthful rebelliousness, emotional complexity and maturity of presence which hints at the man he becomes across the saga.”