Poldark star reveals how shirtless scene made him aware of female objectivity

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 1:54PM
'It can get a little hands-on': Poldark star Aidan Turner admitted he's ambushed by gangs of 20 women as he revealed his swooning admirers get 'hands-on' at events. Photo / Supplied

He has got women swooning over him after that shirtless scene in the Cornish series Poldark.

So it's of little surprise Poldark star Aidan Turner, 36, confessed as many as 20 women will swarm him at a time at star-studded events, the Daily Mail reports.

In an interview with The Radio Times, the leading hero claimed his admirers get "a little hands-on" when they bombard him for a chat and selfies.

He told the publication: "If I go to a BFI screening and 20 women come up and they want selfies, it can sometimes get a little hands-on.

But I never feel my safety is in question. I never feel like I need to get out of there. I don't get scared, so it's different. Whereas a woman might, if it happened with 20 guys crowding around her."

The Poldark star courted the attention of women everywhere when he displayed his muscle-bound physique during the shirtless scything scene in season one.

And while he has never felt intimidated by the presence of so many fans, he admitted it must be daunting for female celebrities with huge fan bases.

He elaborated: "I'm a man. It's just not the same. It's a completely different world for me. I walk down the street, I don't ever feel scared. There are women who feel scared every day. It's a very different world for me."

Although he has often experienced "hands-on" female supporters at a series of events, Aidan insisted he doesn't receive "too much" hassle from people.

The dashing actor flagged he has been approached a number of times on a Friday or Saturday in a pub at one o'clock in the morning after people have had a few bevvies.

"I certainly don't get hassled," he told the publication.

For five seasons, Aidan has played the hero Captain Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson has taken the role of his fiery wife Demelza.

The leading star revealed he spent his last day on set for the final series of the BBC drama filming "intimate bedroom scenes" with Eleanor.

He said: "The very last scene I shot was just myself and Eleanor in the bedroom. So we spent the day in bed together, which was really strange. No love scenes or anything, just having a chat.

"All day just talking in bed, which felt right. I don't think we planned it to be that day, it just happened with scheduling. So that was really quite poignant. I think we were both thankful for that."

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Season five is based between 1800 and 1810, the period in between Winston Graham's seventh novel, The Angry Tide, and The Stranger from the Sea.

After filming wrapped up, Aidan cherry-picked the kitchen table and the benches from the Nampara House set as a fitting memento for his home.

He said: "Now they're in my house in London. I swiped them and I took a Poldark hat."

The fifth and final season of Poldark returns to BBC1 on July 14; it's not yet been announced when it will screen in New Zealand.


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