Sunday 19 June 2016

Happy Birthday, Aidan Turner!

Aidan Turner, Poldark, Festival de Television de Monte-Carlo, exclusive
Aidan Turner at
Festival de Television de Monte Carlo
Aidan is 33 today and what a fantastic year the last one has been for him!

Twelve months ago he was in the US promoting Poldark and then filming the comedy Look Away with Matthew Broderick and Chloe Sevigny. After that wrapped he flew back to Dublin for a couple of days and then on to the UK to begin work playing mercenary Philip Lombard in the TV drama And Then There Were None.  Based on the Agatha Christie novel, the thriller met with critical acclaim when it aired. Aidan was praised for his stand out performance with Variety saying, 'Turner does the best work of his career.' Many saw the role as Aidan's audition for James Bond and there's been a great deal of support for this from the press and public. Not that this is anything new. Way back in 2006 Aidan was hailed by reviewers as 'The next James Bond' for his performance as Christian in the play Cyrano.
If only we'd put a bet on then!

Aidan Turner, Poldark, MCM Comic Con, exclusive
Photo: Evie Bowman
Aidan is staying tight-lipped about any talk of James Bond: at the MCM Comic Con press conference we were even told not to ask questions about it. But recently, at the Dunhill Summer Party, Aidan said, 'If I was a betting man, my money would be on (Michael) Fassbender for Bond.' While Aidan may or may not enjoy a flutter nowadays, he certainly used to. A bit of trivia: when he was younger he said he was at his happiest, 'When I'm playing poker...and winning!'

Aidan Turner, Poldark, MCM Comic Con, exclusive
Photo: Evie Bowman
Aidan has spent much of this last year filming the second series of Poldark. As Ross he has shot to fame, picking up several well deserved awards along the way. In the last year Poldark won the TV Choice Award 2015 for Best New Drama, the Celtic Media Festival Award 2016 for Best Drama Series and the BAFTA Radio Times Audience Award 2016. Aidan won the 2016 National Television Awards' Impact Award for Poldark and the Broadcasting Press Guild's Breakthrough Award 2016 for both Poldark and And Then There Were None. I've a feeling that, in the future, Aidan has many more awards to come!

Here's wishing Aidan a very happy birthday and another successful year from all of us at Poldarked!

Aidan Turner, Poldark, MCM Comic Con, exclusive
Photo: Evie Bowman

Aidan Turner, ATTWN, And Then There Were None
Aidan Turner in And Then There Were None

Related articles:
Poldarked: 'Poldark' Wins TV Choice Award
Poldarked: The National Television Awards 2016
Poldarked: Aidan Turner Wins Breakthrough Award
Poldarked: BAFTA Win for 'Poldark'!
Poldarked: Awards and Critical Acclaim for Aidan Turner

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