You may not have noticed, but I have become completely Poldark obsessed. Could it be that I missed Mad Men and Don Draper? Maybe it has something to do with the gorgeous Irish actor, Aidan Turner who plays the lead role of Ross Poldark.
You know I have a weakness for handsome men with good hair. And Aidan Turner certainly fits the bill.
But who is this handsome fellow with the magnificent profile and the luscious head of dark curly hair?
Aidan Turner was born 32 years ago in a suburb just outside of Dublin, Ireland. After trying a few jobs, he kind of stumbled upon acting by joining the Gaiety Acting School, where he finally found what he was looking for. [Nice U2 reference, don’t you think?] And aren’t we glad he did?
A little theater work in Dublin and London…a couple of commercials, and some bit parts in movies here and there and before you know it, Aidan lands a recurring role in the popular Irish TV drama, The Clinic. *Affiliate Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links
Highlights from Aidan Turner’s Career
The Clinic was a popular Irish TV medical drama about, yes a clinic. But most of the drama centered around the lives of the doctors and staff of the Clarence Street Clinic.
First, you have the marriage and money problems of Cathy and Ed, the owners of The Clinic, then drug-addicted playboy Dr. Dan Woodhouse, who was always causing some kind trouble. Add in the lives and loves of the other doctors, therapists, and patients and you have a pretty interesting show.
The Clinic was a launchpad for a some of your favorite Irish actors, including Dierdre O’Kane (Moone Boy), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Chris O’ Dowd (Bridesmaids) and Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time).
Aidan joined the show in season 6 and 7 as Ruarai, the receptionist and part-time nightclub DJ. You get to hear his lovely Irish accent and see his early talent. Warning: The series ends on a major cliffhanger. Watch The Clinic on Acorn TV
One night while flipping channels, I came upon a gorgeous man on BBC America. Little did I know that this Being Human show was about vampires, ghosts, and werewolves.
Being Human is not your typical supernatural TV series. It’s basically about three friends, sharing a flat in Bristol, England.
Aidan Turner stars as John Mitchell, a vampire trying to break his addiction to blood. George Sand (Russell Tovey) is a sweet-natured werewolf and Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is the ghost who likes to make tea. You know how I feel about vampire movies, but I couldn’t take my eyes off of Aidan Turner. You can see what I mean.
Aidan appeared in the first three seasons of Being Human before he left for New Zealand to make The Hobbit movies. Be prepared with a box of Kleenex for the final episode of season three.
The full series is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and iTunes.*
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Pour yourself a glass of wine, bring out your best chocolates and prepare to swoon.
Desperate Romantics was a short-lived series about a group of artists called the Pre-Raphalite Brotherhood. Aidan’s character, the wild and free artist, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Apparently, Aidan is quite uninhibited about his body. Prepare yourself for some nudity and sexual situations.
Desperate Romantics is available on Amazon Prime and on iTunes*
Aidan plays Kili, one of the dwarves in the Hobbit movies. Don’t hate me, but fairies, dwarves, wizards, hobbits, and elves…not really my thing. I’m the chick flicks girl, right?
So how did I end up at The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies? All I can say is, question your friends when they say “let’s go to the movies”.
Since I came in on the final movie of the series, I didn’t know who or what was what. I had to go back and watch the other two movies, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to catch up and try to understand what happened in the final movie.
Still don’t get The Hobbit thing, and the Orcs scare me. But you’ve got to love Aidan’s intensity, even under all that dwarf costume and makeup.
Aidan has top billing as the lead character in the Masterpiece Theater series, Poldark. Based on Winston Graham’s series of novels of the same name. Poldark follows the life, loves, and adventures of Ross Venner Poldark, a country gentleman in the late 1700’s in Cornwall, England. Why You Should Be Watching Poldark
Poldark Season is available on iTunes and stream Poldark on Amazon Prime*
What’s Next for Aidan Turner?
And Then There Were None
Aidan stars in the BBC adaptation of Agatha Cristie’s most popular novel, And Then There Were None. He stars as the possibly psychopathic and definitely ruthless mercenary, Phillip Lombard. The rest of the cast includes Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance, Sam Neil, Anna Maxwell Martin, and Douglas Booth.
Look Away: Aidan stars along with Matthew Broadrick, Chloë Sevigny, and Ben Walker in the story of a young girl who literally cannot see or hear her mother, even though they live in the same house.
Loving Vincent: Even though Aidan only has a small role in this movie, you will still want to add it to your must-watch list. This is beautifully hand-painted film features the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh.
The Secret Scriptures: James Sheridan directs this adaption of Sebastian Berry’s novel. Starring Rooney Mara and Aidan Turner.