He’s the Irish heartthrob with serious acting credentials, but despite Aidan Turner’s new-found fame, there are a lot of hidden facts about him that we had no idea about.
From his screen debut to his hidden talent, here are 10 facts about Mr Poldark himself that might just surprise you:
1. He wasn’t always into acting
Despite being famous for his acting skills now, Aidan didn’t always have his sights set on being a screen star.
After school, he worked for a while for his dad as an apprentice electrician.
‘My dad is one of the old stock. He can do anything – fix a vintage car, do plumbing, lay flooring,’ Aidan told .
2. His first major acting role was rather brief
Way before he was stealing scenes as Ross Poldark, Aidan’s roles were a little less, shall we say, complex.
Fresh out of drama school, young Aidan bagged a small, two-line part in the popular period drama The Tudors.
3. He has a hidden talent
We knew the Poldark star was talented in his field, but we had no idea he has a pretty impressive secret skill.
Turns out, Aidan began ballroom and Latin dancing at the age of six and danced competitively for 10 years.
‘Where we grew up was a bit rough and my mum wanted to get me off the streets, so she got me into dancing!’ Aidan told the Belfast Telegraph.
4. He has a LEGO character dedicated to him
After wrapping on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Aidan was presented with a LEGO version of his character, Kili.
‘It was a surreal moment, it was quite weird,’ he told magazine.
And he was clearly a fan of the memorabilia, as he told the magazine he would be ‘handing it out’ to people as Christmas presents.
5. He can’t understand why everyone swoons over him
Speaking about that photo of him scything a field shirtless, Aidan told : ‘I don’t know why the BBC are releasing photos of it. It’s a bit strange.’
We must say, we’re less confused about why this image became so popular. But we’ll leave Aidan to his blissful ignorance.
6. He hates the gym
Considering the aforementioned picture, you’ll be surprised to hear Aidan isn’t a fan of working out.
In the same interview with Newsbeat, the actor said: ‘I hate the gym. Working all day and then doing 90 minutes in the gym is a pain, but it’s part of the job.’
7. He likes to let loose on set
We’re used to seeing Aidan brooding and windswept as Ross Poldark on Cornish cliffsides, but when the pressures of filming are off, he’s got a much more jovial side.
Don’t believe us? See for yourself…
8. He has two tattoos
Poldark make-up artist Jacqueline Fowler revealed to that when filming shirtless scenes, she uses products to cover up ‘two [tattoos] on his upper arm.’
But what are these mysterious inkings?
‘One of them is Chinese writing, the other I can’t remember,’ she reportedly said.
9. He’s not a fan of social media
If, like us, you’re saddened by Aidan’s absence from Instagram and Twitter, the man himself has explained why.
‘Social media isn’t really my bag. I don’t do it,’ he told the .
‘It’s just not for me. I literally don’t care about it. I email people, I text people, and even that I have trouble keeping up with. There is s*** that I really need to get done that I don’t get done, so imagine me on Facebook or Instagram – ah, it would just be a disaster.’
We hear you, Aidan.