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Poldark’s too posh for star Aidan Turner

Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) (Mammoth Screen, Robert Viglasky)
Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) (Mammoth Screen, Robert Viglasky)

IT may be one of the biggest hits on the box, but Poldark star Aidan Turner thinks there’s one thing that’s not putting the accent on success – his own accent.

The Irish star sounds very different in reality from what he calls the “posh British” tones of Ross in the Cornish drama and he isn’t a particularly keen viewer.

“It’s not always on point really,” laughs the 33-year-old.

“That’s why it’s quite difficult to watch sometimes. You hear it slipping quite a bit.”

Tonight sees the start of the third series and Aidan says we’re looking at a more mature Poldark.

“He’s obviously getting older. I think drawing a line between the two families is what needs to happen,” says the actor, referring to Poldark’s frosty relationship with ruthlessly ambitious George (Jack Farthing).

“I think the last time they were fighting, it was George’s head in the fire or something, and there are only so many places you can go from there.

“They’re both fathers now and have families to consider, it’s part of growing up.

“Ross is becoming more mature and his decisions are more measured… sometimes.”

But it’s the character’s flaws, as much as anything, which Aidan reckons makes the series so appealing to viewers.

“He’s not a perfect human and doesn’t try to be,” he adds. “He’s quite courageous.

“He’s always on the front foot. He’s making decisions and helping people, too.

“He’s not a selfish person and he’s not a lazy person, and I think that’s what I like most about him.

“He’s always thinking ahead, to see if there are problems, or issues and concerns, always trying to figure out ways to make it work.”

Poldark, BBC1 tonight, 9pm.