Aidan Turner (born June 19th 1983) Aidan Turner is a TV and film star from Ireland best known for appearing in 'The Hobbit' and 'Being Human'.
Acting career: Aidan Turner's debut TV appearance was in an episode of 'The Tudors' in 2007. The following year he landed a recurring role in medical drama 'The Clinic' and starred in the mini series 'Desperate Romantics' with Rafe Spall in 2009. He also starred as vampire John Mitchell in 'Being Human'.
His first major film was 2008's 'Alarm', and in 2012 he signed on to play the dwarf Kíli in Peter Jacksons 'The Hobbit' trilogy for which he won an Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer. He also played Luke Garroway in 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'.
In 2015, he starred in the re-boot series of 'Poldark' in the lead role.
As well as film and television, Turner has also made a variety of stage appearances - primarily in Ireland - in productions such as 'Drive-By', 'Romeo And Juliet' and 'The Crock of Gold'.
Personal life: Aidan Turner was born in Dublin and become an apprentice electrician with his father after high school. He later attended The Gaiety School of Acting.
He is currently dating Sarah Greene, having previously had relationships with Charlene McKenna and Lenora Crichlow.
Ben Stephenson has said the BBC’s drama department is at a "tipping point”.
Ben Stephenson, the outgoing controller of drama commissioning at the BBC, has said the licence fee needs to be increased, or the broadcaster will be forced to slash its drama output. In his farewell interview with the Radio Times, Stephenson, who helped bring shows such as ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Who’ to British screens, described the BBC as being at a "tipping point” thanks to the licence fee cap.
Ben Stephenson was responsible for bringing ‘Sherlock’ to British TV screens.
Currently the licence fee paid by British television owners is capped at 2010's price of £145.50 until 31 March 2017, but thanks to inflation Stephenson says the cap is effectively a cut to the BBC's budget. "It really can't keep cutting... And the truth is the market isn't going to fill the gap," he told the Radio Times.
The re-make of the 1975 original series has been tremendously successful for the BBC - so it's no surprise that it was recently renewed for a second series.
The hit drama re-make ‘Poldark’ attracted just over a quarter of the entire TV audience for its series finale on Sunday night. 5.9 million viewers tuned in to BBC One see the first season come to a close, in what’s been a tremendous success for the corporation.
The last instalment in the eight-part period drama attracted over half a million more viewers for the live broadcast than the penultimate did last Sunday. It therefore attracted 25.4% of the entire audience for the prime 9pm-10pm slot.
Aidan Turner, star of 'Poldark'
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Viewers of the BBC drama had been used to seeing Turner’s tanned torso on Sunday evenings.
BBC drama ‘Poldark’ has quickly become essential Sunday evening viewing, thanks in no small part to star Aidan Turner and his character's trademark shirtless scythe-wielding. But viewers were left a little disappointed during the series’ penultimate episode on Sunday evening, when in a shocking turn of events Poldark kept his shirt on.
A fully clothed Aidan Turner
Some viewers even took to Twitter, to complain about being deprived of seeing Turner’s tanned torso on their television screens. ‘No half naked scything tonight? (Sighs) #poldark2015,’ one viewer succinctly put it. While another, referencing the Beeb’s pre-episode warning regarding ‘upsetting scenes’, wrote, ‘Despite the @BBCOne warning before #Poldark my wife is traumatised by some of the scenes in which Aidan Turner kept his shirt on..”
A bit of a no-brainer, this one. Aidan Turner's turn in 'Poldark' has made it one of the most-watched programmes in Britain in 2015 so far.
Following the overwhelming success of its first series, the BBC has confirmed that ratings-topper ‘Poldark’ will be returning for a second season. The period drama remake has been given the green light for another eight episodes, with the photogenic Aidan Turner to reprise his star role.
31 year old Turner’s brooding portrayal of Ross Poldark, who often appears riding horseback with no shirt on in the series, has been one of the reasons that it has become such a ratings success for BBC One. It has meant that the channel has enjoyed its highest ratings share for the first quarter of a calendar year for a decade.
Aidan Turner will return as Ross Poldark in a second series
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Aidan Turner & fiancee Sarah Greene - Poldark star Aidan Turner & fiancee Sarah Greene attend a panel discussion on acting at The Teacher's Club on Parnell Street as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival alongside fellow Irish actor Robert Sheehan, Dublin, Ireland - 24.03.15. - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 24th March 2015
Bad news, 'Poldark' fans - he's spoken for.
Get ready to be disappointed, female ‘Poldark’ fans: Aidan Turner is getting engaged. Reports in British newspaper The Sunday Express claim that the Irish actor popped the question to Sarah Greene, his girlfriend of three years, shortly after Christmas.
31 year old Turner apparently decided to propose to 29 year old Greene, also an actor, after she had spent the festive period with him at his parents’ home in Dublin. A source quoted by the paper says: “They are a really close and happy couple, and marriage is the logical next step for them.”
Aidan Turner and fiancee Sarah Greene earlier in 2015
Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.
The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.
All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review
The stars were out to party at last night Empire Film Awards.
Some of the biggest names in film were out last night for the Jameson Empire Film Awards, which saw the year's biggest and best movies awarded for a storming year in filmmaking. Voted for by the public, the awards presented a somewhat different picture of the last year in film than most of the other big awards ceremonies have done so far.
It Was An Evening Of Triump For Emma Thompson, Who Was Awarded Best Actress.
Space thriller Gravity and the fantasy sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were the evening's biggest winners with the former winning Best Film and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón whilst the latter picked up Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aiden Turner, AKA Kili. Saving Mr, Banks star Emma Thompson and Filth actor James McAvoy took home the respective male and female acting awards, according to the movie magazine.
With wittier action and a few more sharply defined characters, this second episode in Peter Jackson's trilogy is more engaging than the somewhat over-packed An Unexpected Journey. Once again, the key to enjoying the film is to distance it from the beloved novel: this is a big adventure movie as opposed to Tolkien's light-hearted romp. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
There isn't much actual plot, as we are between the set-up and conclusion, so the film consists of a series of set-pieces as Bilbo (Freeman) and his band of dwarves continue their journey to reclaim the dwarf throne in the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf (McKellen) heads off to confront the shifty, shadowy Necromancer (Cumberbatch), while Bilbo and crew head into the creepy Mirkwood, where they confront gigantic spiders before being captured by wood-elves. This is where they meet Legolas (Bloom), whose feisty sidekick Tauriel (Lilly) falls for sexy dwarf Kili (Turner) as they continue their journey to Lake-town. There they get help from Bard (Evans) as they launch their final assault on the mountain, where the dragon Smaug (also Cumberbatch) is napping on the dwarves' vast treasure.
Jackson directs with a spark of energy and humour that holds our attention even when things begin to look a little too digitally animated (basic laws of physics apparently don't apply in Middle Earth). And each sequence also provides some depth of character, especially in the overall journey of Bilbo, nicely played by Freeman as a guy who is only just discovering his own ingenuity and bravery. By contrast, McKellen's plot is much darker as he faces off against unnerving evil. As in the first film, the other strong character is Thorin (Armitage), the heir to the dwarf throne grappling with the idea of a return to power.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review
Fans of Cassandra Clare's book series won't mind that this film is overcrowded and chaotic, but the uninitiated will be worn out by what feels like a superficial mash-up of leather-clad stereotypes. Director Zwart (who remade The Karate Kid) certainly creates a lively sense of energy, zipping through each scene as if he's trying to cram every moment in the book into two hours. But as a result, nothing grabs hold.
Our hero is Clary (Collins), a New York teen whose mother (Headey) never told her that she was a Shadowhunter, a half-angel whose job is to protect humanity from demons. But just as she meets goth dreamboat Shadowhunter Jace (Campbell Bower), her mom is kidnapped. So she and her best pal Simon (Sheehan), who has a secret crush on her, travel with Jace into the city's underworld of angels, demons, werewolves and vampires. At the secret Shadowhunter headquarters, she meets leader Hodge (Harris) as well as siblings Alec and Isabelle (Zegers and West). And everyone warns her about the villainous Valentine (Meyers), who has some sort of nefarious master plan involving Clary and her magical cup.
The film is structured as a series of quests, as Clary learns about her supernatural abilities by visiting the City of Bones under a cemetery, breaking into a church to collect a stash of demon-fighting weapons, consulting with a variety of magical creatures, and so on. But these individual sequences never quite connect together into a story with any momentum. It's simply impossible to get involved in these events without being able to identify with the characters, none of whom are properly developed. Obviously, readers of the books won't have this problem, but such a fragmented film is unlikely to draw new fans to the franchise.
Continue reading: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review