Aidan Turner (born 19 June 1983) is an Irish actor. He played the roles of Ross Poldark in the 2015–2019 BBC adaptation of The Poldark Novels by Winston Graham, Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics, Ruairí McGowan in The Clinic, and John Mitchell in the supernatural drama series Being Human. He played Kíli in the The Hobbit film series.
Turner in 2013
|Born||19 June 1983|
Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland
Turner was born at home in Clondalkin, a suburban town of Dublin, Ireland. The family moved later to Walkinstown. Turner attended secondary school at St Mac Dara's Community College in Templeogue before leaving to join his older brother at Firhouse Community College. Turner has stated: “I probably wasn’t a great student. I had a car when I was 17, so I used to just run out of school when I could, jump in the car and go play pool in Tallaght. I don’t know how I knew, but I convinced myself that my [final exam] results were never going to matter to me."
After finishing secondary school, Turner briefly worked as an apprentice electrician, alongside his father. After he saw a notice up in Dublin's Gaiety School of Acting, and having become interested in acting while working in a cinema, he applied. He graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004.
Turner's television acting career began in 2007 with an uncredited appearance on the first episode of The Tudors. In the same year he produced and starred in the film Porcelain, directed by Gavin Cleland, which was shot in a convent in Dublin. However only a trailer of the movie was ever released. Between 2008 and 2009, he appeared in a recurring role on The Clinic. Appearing in 18 episodes as Ruairí McGowan, he followed The Clinic with a BBC production, Desperate Romantics. He portrayed Dante Gabriel Rossetti in all six episodes of the show, which aired in 2009. Turner played the vampire John Mitchell on the supernatural drama programme Being Human during the first three series from 2009 to 2011.
His role on Being Human brought Turner to the attention of Peter Jackson, who cast him as the dwarf Kíli in The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014). In 2014, he won the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer for the second film in the series, The Desolation of Smaug, which had been released the previous year. In 2013, he also played shadowhunter-turned-werewolf Luke Garroway in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Turner performs the title role of Ross Poldark in the 2015 revival of the BBC series Poldark. At the National Television Awards ceremony in 2016, Turner was presented with the "Impact Award" for his performance in Poldark.
|2007||The Sound of People||Father||Short film|
|2012||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Kíli|
|2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Luke Garroway|
|2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Kíli|
|2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||Kíli|
|2016||The Secret Scripture||Jack Conroy|
|2018||The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot||Young Calvin Barr|
|2019||Love Is Blind||Russell|
|2019||The Last Planet||André|
|2007||The Tudors||Bedoli||Episode: "In Cold Blood"|
|2008–09||The Clinic||Ruairí McGowan||Main role, 18 episodes|
|2009||Desperate Romantics||Dante Gabriel Rossetti||Main role, 6 episodes|
|2009–11||Being Human||John Mitchell||Main role, 22 episodes|
|2011||Hattie||John Schofield||TV movie|
|2015||And Then There Were None||Philip Lombard||TV mini series|
|2015–2019||Poldark||Ross Poldark||Lead role|
|2020||Leonardo||Leonard de Vinci||Lead role|
|2005||The Plough and the Stars||Corp. Stoddard||Barbican Theatre||London, United Kingdom|
|2005||Suddenly Last Summer||Focus Theatre||Dublin, Ireland|
|2005||A Cry from Heaven||Ardan||Abbey Theatre||Dublin, Ireland|
|2005||Yokohama Delegation||Hercules||Kilkenny Arts Festival||Kilkenny, Ireland|
|2005||Titus Andronicus||Demetrius||Project Arts Theatre||Dublin, Ireland|
|2006||The Crock of Gold||Pan||Olympia Theatre
|2006–2007||Drive-by||Cork Mid-Summer Festival
Dublin Fringe Festival 2006
Canterbury Arts Festival 2007
Canterbury, United Kingdom
|2007||La Marea||Bedrock Theatre Co/DTF||Dublin, Ireland|
|2007||Cyrano||Christian||Project Arts Centre||Dublin, Ireland|
|2008||Romeo And Juliet||Paris||Abbey Theatre||Dublin, Ireland|
|2018||The Lieutenant of Inishmore||Padraic||Noël Coward Theatre||London, England|
Awards and nominations
|2011||SFX Awards||Best Sci-Fi Actor||Being Human||Nominated|
|2011||SFX Awards||Sexiest Male||Being Human||Nominated|
|2012||Online Film & Television Association||Best Original Song Shared with cast||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Nominated|
|2012||SFX Awards||Best Sci-Fi Actor||Being Human||Nominated|
|2012||SFX Awards||Sexiest Male||Being Human||Nominated|
|2013||SFX Awards||Sexiest Male||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Nominated|
|2014||Empire Awards||Best Male Newcomer||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Won|
|2015||Radio Times Champion||Drama Champion||Poldark||Won|
|2015||TV Choice Awards||Best Actor||Poldark||Nominated|
|2016||Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Breakthrough Award||Poldark – And Then There Were None||Won|
|2016||GQ Men of the Year||Best TV Actor||Poldark||Won|
|2016||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best Actor in Lead Role||Poldark||Nominated|
|2016||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding Actor in a TV Series-Drama||Poldark||Nominated|
|2016||National Television Awards||Impact Award||Poldark||Won|
|2016||National Television Awards||Drama Performance||Poldark||Nominated|
|2016||Radio Times Champion||Drama Champion||Poldark||Won|
|2017||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best Actor in Lead Role||Poldark||Nominated|
|2017||Radio Times Champion||Drama Champion||Poldark||Won|
|2018||Stage Debut Awards||Joe Allen Best West End Debut Award||The Lieutenant of Inishmore||Won|
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