Aidan Turner

Not to be confused with Aiden Turner.
Aidan Turner
Born (1983-06-19) 19 June 1983
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Aidan Turner (born 19 June 1983)[1][2] is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles as Kíli in the three-part fantasy film The Hobbit[3][4] and Ross Poldark in the 2015 BBC adaptation of The Poldark Novels by Winston Graham. Notable television roles include those of Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics,[5] Ruairí McGowan in The Clinic,[6] and John Mitchell in the supernatural drama series Being Human.[7][8] He also portrayed Luke Garroway in the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in 2013.

Early life

After finishing secondary school, Turner briefly worked as an apprentice electrician, alongside his father.[9]


Turner became interested in acting after working in a cinema and applied to the The Gaiety School of Acting at the age of 19.[10][11] graduating in 2004.[9] After this, he appeared in several theatre plays, including The Plough and the Stars, Romeo and Juliet, and A Cry from Heaven.[9][12][13]

Turner (second from left) with his Being Human castmates Lenora Crichlow and Russell Tovey, and creator Toby Whithouse (right) in 2009

Turner's television acting career began in 2007 with an uncredited appearance on the first episode of The Tudors.[14] Between 2008 and 2009, he appeared in a recurring role on The Clinic.[15] Appearing in 18 episodes as Ruairí McGowan, he followed The Clinic with a BBC production, Desperate Romantics.[14] He portrayed Dante Gabriel Rossetti in all six episodes of the show, which aired in 2009.[14][16][17] Turner played the vampire John Mitchell on the supernatural drama programme Being Human during the first three series from 2009 to 2011.[18][19][20]

His film career began with two short films, The Sound of People and Matterhorn, both in 2007. He later played Mal in the thriller feature film Alarm (2008).[21][22]

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).[9] 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.[11] In 2013, he also played shadowhunter-turned-werewolf Luke Garroway in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.[14]

Turner portrays the titular character Ross Poldark in the 2015 revival of the BBC series Poldark.[9][23][24] In the 2015 BBC TV miniseries And Then There Were None, based on the Agatha Christie novel, he plays the cynical mercenary Philip Lombard.[25]

Personal life

In November 2015, Turner announced his separation from actress Sarah Greene, his girlfriend of five years.[26]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Sound of People Father Short film
2007 Matterhorn Theodoro Short film
2007 Porcelain Kevin[27] Unreleased[28]
2008 Alarm Mal
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
2015 The Secret Scripture Jack McNulty [9]
2015 Look Away Russell
2016 Loving Vincent Boatman voice only
Year Title Role Notes
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
2010 Resonance TT Pilot
2011 Hattie John Schofield TV movie
2015 And Then There Were None Philip Lombard TV mini series
2015–present Poldark Ross Poldark Lead role


Year Title[12][29] Role Theatre Location
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
On tour
Dublin, Ireland
On tour
2006–2007 Drive-by Cork Mid-Summer Festival
Dublin Fringe Festival 2006
Canterbury Arts Festival 2007
Cork, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
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

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 SFX Awards[30][31] Best Sci-Fi Actor Being Human Nominated
2011 SFX Awards[32] Sexiest Male Being Human Nominated
2012 SFX Awards[33] Best Sci-Fi Actor Being Human Nominated
2012 SFX Awards[34] Sexiest Male Being Human Nominated
2013 SFX Awards Sexiest Male The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Nominated
2014 Empire Awards[35] Best Male Newcomer The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Won
2016 National Television Awards[36] Impact Award Poldark Won


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  24. "It took a lot of work': Aidan's Poldark co-star reveals how he got those abs". 21 June 2015.
  25. "One: And then there were none". BBC. Retrieved 2015-12-26.
  26. "Poldark star Aidan Turner confirms he and girlfriend Sarah Greene have split, after five years together".
  27. "Porcelain (2007)". Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  28. "Porcelain Movie Trailer – Aidan Turner". Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  29. "Theatre". Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  30. "The WFB Gazette – Results of SFX Awards 2011". Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  31. SFX Magazin (2011): WINNER! Best Sci-Fi Actor. Edition: April 2011. S.94
  32. "'SFX Sci-Fi Awards 2011' adayları belli oldu!". 25 September 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  33. "SFX Awards 2012". Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  34. "Aidan And Being Human Nominated For SFX SciFi Awards". Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  35. "Jameson Empire Awards 2014: The Winners". Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  36. National Television Awards. "Winners - National Television Awards". Retrieved 23 January 2016.

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