Aidan Turner was the 2014 recipient of Best Male Newcomer at the Jameson Empire Awards.
With notable past roles as a dwarf, vampire and a famous Pre-Raphaelite painter, Aidan Turner transforms himself yet again — this time into Captain Ross Poldark, a rebellious British Army officer and mining heir who returns to his downtrodden Cornish countryside and his disloyal sweetheart after fighting in the American Revolutionary War. Adapted by Debbie Horsfield from the novels by Winston Graham, “Poldark” peaked with 9.4 million viewers during it’s first season on the BBC and garnered a rabid fan base both at home and abroad. The second season is set to air this fall on the BBC and PBS’s “Masterpiece” in the US. Earlier this month, the BBC ordered a third season (10 new episodes) of the hit series.
On film, Turner next co-stars in Jim Sheridan’s forthcoming THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, an adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel. The film stars Rooney Mara as a woman who chronicles her early years in a Roscommon mental hospital. Jack Reynor, Theo James, Eric Bana and Vanessa Redgrave co-star. Turner also stars with Saoirse Ronan and Douglas Booth in LOVING VINCENT, the first painted animated feature that follows the final months and mysterious death of artist Vincent Van Gogh. Live action footage was filmed and then projected, frame by frame, onto canvas and painted over in oils in the style of Van Gogh. Dorotea Kobiela and Hugh Welshman direct.
In the independent comedy LOOK AWAY, Turner stars alongside Matthew Broderick, Chloë Savigny, and Shannon Tarbet. LOOK AWAY follows heroine Bess Kraft (Tarbet), a strong, thoughtful young woman who is unable to physically see her mother due to a fictional affliction called selective blindness. With the help of an eccentric psychiatrist and local, accidental hero Russell (Turner), Bess grows up, falls in love, and takes hold of her future. LOOK AWAY is directed by Andy Delaney and Monty Whitebloom of BigTV! from a screenplay by Jennifer Schuur (Variety’s Top Ten Writers to Watch)..
Previously, Turner co-starred as Kili, the rogue dwarf who romances Evangeline LIly’s elf in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy THE HOBBIT, with Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett and Sir Ian McKellen. For his performance in the second film, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, Turner garnered Bet Male Newcomer at the 2014 Jameson Empire Awards. He also appeared as Luke Garroway in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES for director Harold Zwart.
Turner graduated from Dublin’s prestigious Gaiety School of Acting in 2004. Following graduation, he worked extensively on stage. Turner’s noteworthy credits include the roles of Paris in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Arden in the world premiere of Vincent Woods’ “A Cry from Heaven,” both at Ireland’s national theatre — Dublin’s The Abbey. He also played Corporal Stoddard in the Abbey Theatre production of Sean O’Casey’s “The Plough and the Stars” at London’s Barbican Theatre.
In 2008, Turner made the transition to film and television with a starring role in the Gerard Stembridge’s independent feature ALARM and as series regular Ruairi in the popular Irish TV drama “The Clinic.” In 2009, he moved to the UK to take on a starring role in the BBC’s BAFTA-nominated hit series “Being Human.” Turner spent three seasons as spellbinding vampire Mitchell, during which he also starred as libertine artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the BBC mini-series “Desperate Romantics.” Turner’s television credits also include the critically acclaimed BBC TV movie HATTIE, which drew record ratings for the broadcaster. Last year, he starred as the mysterious world traveler and former military man Philip Lombard opposite Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Sam Neill and Maeve Darmody in an acclaimed two-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” for the BBC.