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Monday 18 December 2017

Hobbit star Aidan Turner frolics to set hearts aflutter in new version of Pride and Prejudice

Aidan Turner
Aidan Turner
Colin Firth

It's been 20 years since Colin Firth as Mr Darcy got pulses racing when he emerged from a lake in Pride and Prejudice.

Now it seems the BBC is aiming to recreate some of the excitement surrounding that memorable scene.

Irish actor Aidan Turner will play the lead role in new version of Poldark and will rival Firth's 1995 performance, thanks to several scenes in which he frolics about in the sea topless.

No surprise then that he spent a lot of time getting into shape before filming.

"I was going to the gym a lot the first couple of months as I had a couple of topless scenes," he said.

"They didn't actually wear underwear at the time so it made it quite difficult to shoot some of the stuff we did.

"They would just wear the shirt and then tuck it in and around."

The upcoming series of Poldark is a remake of the hugely popular 1970s drama.

"I'd never heard of it, but when I told my parents I was going to play Ross they nearly had a fit," said Turner, from Clondalkin

"The previous series was popular in Ireland. I guess because people could relate to it - the farming, the scenery, the horses."

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The eight-part series follows rebellious lead character Ross Poldark as he returns to Cornwall from the American War of Independence.

Once home, he discovers his father has died, his fiancee Elizabeth is engaged to someone else and his house is overrun with drunken servants.

Turner said the most enjoyable part of the filming was horse riding around Cornwall.

"You can't do bad acting on a horse," he said. "Luckily I did a lot of riding in New Zealand when we were there filming The Hobbit."

Based on Winston Graham's books, Poldark will also star Alice in Wonderland actress Eleanor Tomlinson.

Turner will next appear in Jim Sheridan's film The Secret Scripture alongside Rooney Mara and Eric Bana.

"We have Eric Bana, Jack Reynor, and Aidan Turner," Sheridan said. "The girls are gathering around the monitor and my ego is being humiliated."

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