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Eleanor Tomlinson to Release Debut Album

Eleanor Tomlinson, Demelza PoldarkEleanor Tomlinson is trying her hand at a music career, releasing an album of “folkish covers”.

“I want to do it in quite an original way,” Tomlinson said. She is working with Anne Dudley, the composer for Tomlinson’s period show, Poldark, where Tomlinson sang as her character Demelza in the first series. “It’s separate from the series. We are hoping to record it this year.”

Dudley, who won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the Ivor Novello Awards, praised the actress and her singing ability. Continue reading


Aidan Turner Talks to the Radio Times About ‘Poldark’

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Poldark’s…eagerly anticipated third series hits BBC1 early this summer, and leading man Aidan Turner is excited.

“We only wrapped six weeks ago so getting the series out this soon is great,” the Irish actor tells RadioTimes.com during a break at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival. “When I see it I’ll remember shooting it which is always a bonus. It’s always too long to wait, you know?”

…Series two saw the Cornish Captain come under fire for his actions with former love Elizabeth in scenes (one scene in particular) that divided opinion…

“I knew it was going to be big news for people, for fans and that,” says Turner. “I don’t know if they knew what to expect.”

He wasn’t sure what to expect from them either: “It was interesting to see how the audience responded to him, whether they were going to let him in anymore, or let him hang for his errors.

“You can’t necessarily stand by Ross’s actions, he’s clearly made a huge blunder, but he’s a flawed character,” Turner says. “You don’t set out to play a hero, or someone who’s an iconic legend who doesn’t make any mistakes, and just rides into town and saves the world. He’s a real guy who makes real mistakes.”

Three series in, it’s clear that Captain Poldark and the ‘real guy’ who portrays him are almost one and the same in the eyes of some viewers. Has Ross become a part of Turner’s DNA?
“I’m Ross more times than I’m Aidan these days,” he explains. “It’s kind of weird, but such is the nature of the business.” He’s not complaining. In fact, he still seems somewhat surprised that he’s become a Sunday night drama sensation.

“It’s strange,” he says. “I have a beard now and you kind of go under the radar a little bit. Obviously it’s the recognition point that makes it a bit surreal, because you forget yourself when you’re walking around. You just tend to get recognised a little bit more.”

Ross has had one rather amusing impact on his daily life: “I have to keep this hair long and I look like…” Turner begins, smoothing down the curly brown locks that boast their own Twitter account and even inspired poetry. “Oh God, I catch a glimpse of it the odd time,” he laughs. “I look so ridiculous!”

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Eleanor Tomlinson Talks to The Hamilton Spectator

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Eleanor Tomlinson sports the talent and the looks to be an actress. But she possesses something else that has kept her performing since she was a child — a fierce determination.

“I was 11 when I started acting, so you don’t take the word ‘no’ on board. If you want to do something, you just do it. I was very much like that,” she says in the hallway outside a hotel conference room here.

“I am quite a competitive person, not so much in sports. I’m useless in sports, but when it comes to amazing roles,” she shrugs.

“You’re going up against the same people all the time often, and that becomes quite difficult. Then someone takes a chance on you, someone gambles.”

Someone took a big gamble on the British Tomlinson when she insisted on trying out for the role of the fiery Demelza in PBS’ Poldark, returning for another season on Sunday.

The producers wanted her for the part of the cultured Elizabeth. “I thought, ‘If I don’t ask, I’m never going to get anywhere.’

“I said, ‘May I please audition for the other role?’ At first they said, ‘We don’t think you’re right for it.’ I said, ‘I really want to try because I think I can do it, and I really want to challenge myself as an actress.’ So they let me audition. And here we are,” she grins, resting her hands on the lap of her black minidress.

It wasn’t quite that easy. She had to tryout three times.

“I did one audition by myself, the second audition was with all of the producers so they kind of see your performance. And the third audition was a screen test with Aidan (Turner, who plays Poldark); a chemistry test to see how we got on on camera.

“I was terrified. There’s always another girl in the waiting room. And you can’t help look each other up and down and go, ‘OK, there’s the competition.’ It’s hard.”

Tomlinson should know better. She comes from a family of actors. Her mother, father and brother are all actors. She was just a child when she intercepted her father’s agent and insisted she represent her. Though the agent had no child clients, she agreed.

And Tomlinson, 24, has worked pretty steadily ever since. Though she’s fiercely focused on her career (no time for a sweetheart, she says) she’s been through trying times.

She was just 19 when she left home for London to blaze a trail. It was the same day her pet dog died. He’d been with the family since Eleanor was two. “When he passed away the bottom fell out of my world. He was like a brother,” she says.

“It took a really long time to get over it … He died and I moved out and I never went home again to live. I think I just told myself that’s life. You’ve lost something you loved so much, but that’s what life is. People come and they go and it’s horrendous, but you can’t have them forever. I’m sure he’s running around in some amazing field now,” she brightens.

While she’s meticulous about her work, she denies she’s so exacting in her life.

“I’m quite a creative person. I surround myself with things I like. My flat is like a film set,” she laughs.

“I surround myself with creative people as well. All my friends are all in the industry and are all very creative, so that’s really nice. I wouldn’t say I’m a perfectionist,” she muses.

“I know exactly what I want and just need to be given the opportunities to try it. I have a strong will. You take knocks, of course, you have to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. My God, the amount of times I have wept having not got a job, going ‘I can’t do this anymore. It’s so ruthless.’

“A week or so later an audition comes in and you pick yourself up, and you go in, and you act like your heart hasn’t been broken. It’s a bizarre life.”

Between assignments, Tomlinson says, “I’m awful for arguing with myself. If I have any time off, I always feel like I should be doing something else. I should be reading scripts, I should be reading a book.

“Instead I’ll sit in my dressing gown and eat chocolate all morning and not leave the house. It’s such a guilty pleasure, but I’m full of self-loathing after I’ve done it.”

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The Guys of Poldark Talk to Glamour UK

Aidan Turner, PoldarkCertain scenes go down in TV history – and Poldark’s Captain Ross scything topless in a field may well be the ‘Mr Darcy in a wet shirt ‘of our generation. It was voted the public’s best TV moment of 2015 and catapulted Aidan Turner, owner of the abs in question, to the top of GLAMOUR’s Sexiest Men Poll 2016.

“I wasn’t going to take my top off until we were doing it,” says Aidan, clearly still slightly bemused by the furore it caused. “It was my suggestion, stupidly enough. It was mid-August and they’re working outside – it wouldn’t make sense to have the shirt on. I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for.”

Of course, the huge success of Poldark (pulling in over eight million viewers, helping BBC One to a ten-year high) was down to more than Aidan’s chest. Set in 18th-century Cornwall, the story of Captain Ross’s plight – returning from war to find is father dead, estate in ruins and the woman he loves engaged to his cousin – truly “hit on a nerve”, as Aidan puts it.

Rugged men, heart-wrenching romances, plot twists aplenty and ravishing scenery (making us want to book a holiday to Cornwall immediately), there’s no wonder it beat the Bake Off to win this year’s BAFTA Radio Times Audience Award. The original ’70s version of the show – based on the novels by Winston Graham – was a phenomenon in itself, but writer Debbie Horsfield has managed the tricky task of staying true to the original story, while making the Poldark saga feel thoroughly modern and fresh. “The scripts are so tight,” says Aidan. “Writing is everything; if the ideas aren’t on the page, you’re kind of screwed.” Continue reading

Eleanor Tomlinson Talks Poldark With Assignment X

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Poldark is back for its second season (and renewed for a third) Sunday nights on PBS. In the period series based on Winston Graham’s novels, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) has returned to his home in a village in Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War. Eleanor Tomlinson plays Demelza, the peasant girl that Poldark rescued and eventually married in Season 1.

In Season 2, Demelza has a firmer grip on her new life as a member of the landed gentry, but she still has to deal with Ross pining for his now-married former fiancée Elizabeth (Heida Reed). Tomlinson talks about all that Demelza is doing this year.

ASSIGNMENT X: Does Demelza’s sphere of activity increase in Season 2?

ELEANOR TOMLINSON: Yeah, it does. I always thought that she had quite a lot of activity. She was very much at the heart of the story before, and I think still in Season 2, she very much is. Debbie Horsfield, our writer, she’s worked really hard to keep Demelza at the heart of it, because naturally, the books tend to drift off and introduce new characters, whereas in our series, we stay very much front and center.

AX: Have you had any input into the character as the show has gone on, where you said, “I’d like Demelza to go a little more this way and a little less that way”?

TOMLINSON: Not so much, because they’re following the books, but I think Debbie has such a great understanding of the characters that what she’s done is, she’s made Demelza much punchier than she is in the books. [This] is great for me, because she tends to just fade slightly into the background in the books, but Debbie’s really taken a lot of effort to make sure there are still really good storylines for me. It’s good. Continue reading

Aidan Turner Talks to Parade About Season 2 of Poldark

Aidan Turner, Ross Poldark, Eleanor Tomlinson, Demelza Poldark, PoldarkWhen Masterpiece‘s Poldark returns for its second season, it’s grim times. Our smoldering hero Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) is in prison for allegedly inciting a riot and a murder and he’s facing death by hanging; his daughter Julia has died after his wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) brings home a bug after nursing sick relatives; the mining company that he’s had such high hopes for is in liquidation; and his friendship with Francis (Kyle Soller), something he’s cherished for years, is at its lowest ebb.

“We’re starting from a pretty low place,” Turner tells Parade.com in this one-one-interview. “Sometimes you need to go down to go back up again. It’s nice that there isn’t a time jump time. We can kick back in straightaway, to where we were, and just get back into the drama of it all.”

The nine episodes of Season 2 also feature a romantic triangle between Ross, Elizabeth and Demelza. Ross, who was engaged to Elizabeth before he left to fight in the Revolutionary War, hasn’t quite gotten over her, so there is still a strong attraction there, and, then, when things get rocky with Demelza, especially after Julia’s death, it’s natural for him to turn to Elizabeth for consolation.

“It’s somebody that he understands,” Turner says. “He’s known her for years and they are friends. She’s somebody that he gravitates back to when things get a bit shaky. As the relationship with Francis improves, I think he’s just more comfortable around her. She encourages that a lot more. She gets very flirtatious. I think Ross never saw that coming. When that’s there, he’s thinking, ‘What’s on here? What am I allowed to do?’”

In our chat with Turner, he also talked about what makes Ross such a romantic figure, whether or not he is a good guy, the reaction to his shirtless scene in Season 1 that had the ladies panting, and more.

Parade: Poldark is a guy who can’t seem to catch a break. He lost his child, his mine is not producing, and now he’s under arrest. How do you deal with that as an actor?

Aidan Turner: How do you get to those places? It’s hard. It’s something we all do but I can’t imagine really – well I have to, but it’s really tough to imagine what it’s like to lose a child. I don’t sort of pretend to ever nail something like that. It’s the world of imagination. You work with these great actors, like Eleanor is just so talented, and together we can try to get to that place.

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Aidan Turner Talks Ross Poldark With the Sydney Morning Herald

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In the character of Ross Poldark, actor Aidan Turner was handed a gift: a complex man, writ large from one of Britain’s great novel series, by Winston Graham.

But the television series, which now glides into its second season, was adapted for the screen by Debbie Horsfield, whose work has predominantly been in contemporary dramas such as Cutting It and True Dare Kiss.

That contemporary sensibility, explains Turner, permeates every part of the Poldark saga.

“It gives her certain freedom,” Turner says. “We don’t want to see a modern period drama in any way, we want to keep true to the world we’re in, but Debbie writes really, really fast and her changes or visions are quick. She’s not precious about her writing in a sense.”

In the first season of Poldark, the show’s title character – Ross Poldark – returned from the American War of Independence to find his family’s estate in chaos: his father is dead, and the great love of his life Elizabeth (Heida Reed) is engaged to his cousin Francis (Kyle Soller). The restoration of Poldark’s fortunes dominated the narrative of the first season.

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Aidan Turner Talks to The Times About ‘Poldark’

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Alex O’Connell
September 10 2016,
The Times

Aidan Turner is sitting in a London hotel room. In an hour he will attend the GQ Awards at Tate Modern, where he will receive the TV actor of the year trophy for his performance in the BBC’s 18th-century Cornish drama Poldark.

His tuxedo has arrived and he’s surrounded by scripts for series three, which started shooting this week. What? He can memorise lines and get dressed for a big night out? No wonder Demelza and Elizabeth are fighting over him in the series.

That morning he was on location in Gloucestershire in breeches and tricorn giving his beloved Irish steed Seamus a run after four months off. “I had some horse-riding today,” he says cheerfully. “I was galloping around Trenwith [the Poldark family home] this morning.”

Contrary to reports, he performs all his own riding stunts.

Next week the cast and crew of the good ship Poldark move on to Cornwall for a month of filming in their spiritual homeland. This evening’s bash will be Turner’s last jolly until Christmas. Until then it’s hot, heavy work in the tin mine.

The following day newspapers and websites show pictures of Turner smouldering on the red carpet in his Dunhill suit, period tresses tamed in a natty man-bun. Of course he has been touted as the next Bond: he is the part. During the scrum he proves to showbiz reporters that he’s a sweetie, too. Even tonight he can’t smoke, he says, because his mam would be upset.

It’s not terribly 007 but it appeals to women, who are watching Poldark in their droves. Daniel puffing Craig eat your heart out.

The first episode in the second series of Poldark was broadcast last Sunday in a schedule clash with the new ITV royal drama Victoria: both are made by Mammoth Screen. It’s been the battle of the breeches, with Turner’s Ross Poldark and Rufus Sewell’s Lord Melbourne in an alpha standoff.

In real time Poldark just won out, contrary to some initial reports. The show opened with an average audience of 5.1 million — a 22.7 per cent share of those watching during the 9pm to 10pm slot — compared with 4.8 million (22.4 per cent) for episode three of Victoria (including HD but not ITV+1).

The catch-up figures are not yet in. It’s very, very close. Continue reading

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