Irish star of “The Hobbit” and “Poldark” Aidan Turner turns 35 today.
A massive happy birthday to Aidan Turner, the Irish actor who turns 35 today, June 19.
Turner shot to fame playing the role of Kili in “The Hobbit” trilogy and then as Ross Poldark in the 2015 BBC adaptation of the "Poldark" novels by Winston Graham. It was also rumored that he could replace Daniel Craig as 007 back in 2015, which would have made him the second Irish actor to appear as James Bond.
Born in Clondalkin, Dublin, on June 19, 1983, Turner’s career started off in Irish show “The Clinic” before a spell in the first three series of BBC show “Being Human.”
It was this role as the vampire John Mitchell that brought the Irish actor to the attention of Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, who cast him as Kili in “The Hobbit” trilogy. Turner’s part included a much-elaborated-on plot line for the character and won him the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer for the second film in the series, “The Desolation of Smaug.”
Turner, who was once named as the sexiest man in the world, set the rumor mill into overdrive this week with the revelation that he’s dating fellow actor Caitlin FitzGerald, despite having previously stated that he’d be steering clear of other thespians following his break-up with Irish actress Sarah Green in 2017.
"You go home, talk about casting directors, you talk about the press, you talk about the next job you're doing - it can become quite dull and taxing," he said.
"There's nothing like going out with somebody who doesn't even care what you're doing, let alone have anything to say about it. Because then it boils down to what the real things are, you know?"
While the new girlfriend news may break the hearts of many of his female fans, Turner recently said he’s never felt objectified, despite the onslaught of attention he receives for being so attractive.
He found himself at the center of a debate in England recently over whether it was right to comment on his looks as we try to steer the conversation away from female actresses’ bodies.
"I've never felt objectified. I think sometimes other people want to feel that for you, which can be quite a strange thing,” Turner told the BBC.
"But personally I haven't. You say objectify, but it just sounds like [Frostrup] was sort of admiring that character of Ross Poldark or physically how he looks or whatever.”
"These photographs were stills from the show, so in context it makes sense," he said of the frequent topless photos published of him as Poldark.
"When you pull them out and stick a photograph on the front page of a national newspaper it becomes something very different.
"We're not doing anything in our show that... I mean, Game of Thrones probably has far more nudity, or Vikings, or any of these shows, than we would have.
"So I never quite understood why our show was picked in particular, or why these images were concentrated on more so than any other shows, or other images of actors who've gone topless for any sex scenes..."