Tuesday 25 October 2016

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer says men are objectified too: 'Look at Aidan Turner in Poldark'

Actress Natalie Dormer
Actress Natalie Dormer
BBC handout file photo of Poldark star Aidan Turner getting the brush-off from a crew member

Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer says men are objectified as much as women in the world of showbiz, and pointed to Aidan Turner's Poldark as an example.

The 33-year-old actress, who is set to appear in 18th Century drama The Scandalous Lady on BBC 2, also said she believes "perseverance will out".

Asked about her personal experience of sexism in her line of work, Dormer told Radio Times magazine: "My personal experience has been to work on phenomenal jobs in which the men are objectified as much as the women.

"Actors suffer from it too. Wasn't there a thing about Aidan Turner in Poldark?

"It's a visual medium, so to a certain extent you get judged on the way you look.

"We're not just talking about being slim here. We're talking about character actors with big eyes getting typecast in the 'friend' role.

"It's not just about so-called bed-ability: it's about your physicality more generally.


"I believe that perseverance will out, that if you're good and you work hard, everyone will notice."

Turner (32), from Clondalkin, won millions of fans for his brooding role as Captain Ross Poldark in the BBC's hit remake, and the Cornish-set saga has been recommissioned for a second series.

Scenes of The Hobbit and Being Human star swimming naked in the sea and working topless with a scythe in a field grabbed the most attention.

A question and answer Twitter session that was supposed to be about the drama descended into farce when the actor was swamped with queries about his looks.

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