Poor old Turner is so defined by that scything scene that he likes to grow his beard when not committed to playing Ross Poldark – which doesn’t happen very often, given the BBC has just commissioned a fourth series and Turner says they are all tied in for five. The sense I got then was of a man acutely embarrassed by attention, a regular guy from Dublin who happened to have acted standing in a field with his top off because, as he puts it, that’s just how chaps used to scythe back in the day. The bathtub thing,’ he says, referring to the scene in series two where Demelza kisses her naked husband in a tin bath, ‘I mean, I can’t be wearing a T-shirt in it, can I? Obviously having a good time is important, being able to relax, but the work is kind of intense and if I’m not working I’m having to go to the gym because you have to look a certain way and I can’t afford to get, like…’ Fat?‘I’m not a big fan of shaving,’ he explains to me when I finally find him – fully clothed in a bomber jacket, T-shirt and jeans, minus tricorn, hiding in the corner of a dimly lit hotel bar in Mayfair. ’ By the time he got round to shooting the 2015 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, in which he stood with a towel draped perilously low on his hip bone, he had begun to have fun with the whole objectification thing. The towel was initially up quite high and then I said, “That’s not going to work. I like to think I don’t bring him home from set every day.’ Turner broke up with his last long-term girlfriend, the actress Sarah Greene, two years ago, and has since been photographed snogging a couple of beautiful brunettes, but claims he isn’t dating anyone at the moment. It’s not like I’m crazy private about things, or that I’m being difficult. I think he’s just a bloke from Dublin who has found himself in an unusual set of circumstances that happen to include the need occasionally to take his shirt off for work. ‘Yes, bald and fat.’ Is he looking forward to that, I wonder.It’s not like we’re doing crunches and then trying to find a reason to get topless. When we were shooting The Hobbit, we knew a lot of people were going to watch it. ‘You know, anything from 40 up.’ Forty isn’t that old, I say. He graduated in 2004 and immediately started working in theatre, before landing in television via the Irish soap The Clinic. I have no business in churches at all – I thought I was going to melt when I walked through the door – but it was amazing.’ Turner spends so much time dashing around the place for work that he sometimes forgets what day it is, so being able to go home for the christening felt like a real boon. Maybe because it’s a newer version of a show that happened in the 1970s? I have trouble joining the dots in my head.’ Why does Turner think that the travails of an 18th-century Cornish copper miner are so enduring? If you could sort of bottle what it is that makes a show work… There was an uncredited role in The Tudors, and then cult success as Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the BBC’s Desperate Romantics, and as a vampire in BBC Three’s hit Being Human. ‘I thought it was funny and on that day Eleanor [Tomlinson, who plays Demelza] was laughing. I am not in shape at all.’ I am pretty sure that the ladies across the bar would agree with me when I say that this is in no way true. We did a thing at the BFI last week, and it was mad, the amount of fans who showed up. And it’s not the demographic that I thought it would be. There were a load of young girls and lads and it just kind of surprised me.’ He thinks part of the show’s success is that ‘aesthetically, it doesn’t look like a lot of other British shows. ‘Imagine if somebody was talking about a show that I was doing and the possibilities of replacing me.’ He looks aghast. It seems slightly unkind and a little disrespectful and a bit weird, so that’s why I’ve never wanted to speak about it.’ What do we know about Turner? But I don’t like the idea of having a platform where I would have to read comments from people I don’t know. I’m barely coping with this.’ He holds up his i Phone.
That’s what turns me on." Aidan Turner split with actress Sarah Greene in November 2015 The Poldark star, who's also strongly tipped to take over as the next James Bond, revealed he doesn't believe in the "whole soulmate thing" but says he thinks it is possible to love someone for life.
Irish heart-throb Aidan Turner has revealed he would like date someone who doesn't care about his job and is completely removed from the acting world.
The 33-year-old Dubliner, who split with long term girlfriend Sarah Greene late last year, admits dating a woman who shares the same career as him can be "dull".
What if you have a soulmate and then you lose them or what if you have them and for whatever reason they want to lose you?
"I’m not saying I’m not romantic, but in my opinion, I think the whole soulmate thing can be a bit of an empty vessel," he added.