It also caught the attention of film director Peter Jackson, who was so impressed with Aidan he cast him as ‘hot dwarf’ Kili in But Aidan found the transition from TV to big-budget CGI blockbusters daunting.
‘You’re aware that you’re standing in front of a green screen talking to a tennis ball, but then you relax and it becomes very easy to act as if everything is really there,’ he says.
In 2007, aged 24, he made his first foray into TV, appearing briefly in historical drama.
Aidan played tormented, sexy vampire Mitchell, a role that won him a firm female fanbase.
‘I play guitar, but I’m not a great singer, so I couldn’t front a band.’ He even toyed with the idea of being a snooker player.
‘Then I saw a notice in Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting,’ he says. I felt intimidated from the get-go and thought: “That’s just right for me.” The sense of potential failure is a buzz.’ Aidan graduated from the school in 2004 and spent the next few years taking parts in various theatre productions.
Aidan Turner has had quite the success on-screen as Ross Poldark.
As far as reports go, the two were really happy with each other, and within a few weeks of split, she was devastated. She was his co-star in the TV series “Being Human” where he played a vampire and she played a ghost.
Since Aidan Turner burst onto our screens as Ross Poldark, he’s fast become the nation’s new obsession.
But just who is the swashbuckling heartthrob who’s stolen our Sunday nights?
‘I wasn’t very academic, so I didn’t want to go to college,’ he admits.
He worked as an apprentice for his dad and loved music.