Tomlinson, 22, already has a taste for costume drama: her previous credits include Death Comes to Pemberley and The White Queen.
He has his reasons: presumed dead in the American War of Independence after being conscripted for brawling, Poldark returns home to find his father deceased, the family estate in penury and the love of his life betrothed to his cousin.
Modern political parallels are to the fore: financiers are closing local copper mines to protect profit margins, while unemployment and despondency grow. The BBC clearly hopes so, having placed a scene of Turner bathing in the buff prominently in the series trailer.
“I wasn’t very academic so I didn’t want to go to college and study anything.
I worked as an apprentice with my dad [an electrician] and knew manual labour wasn’t where it was at either.
“The day is coming when I can’t keep it long any more. ”Indeed, by the time of the BFI’s Poldark premiere some weeks later, he’d clearly had his way: the hair had been tightly cropped for his role alongside Rooney Mara in ; Graham’s 12 novels certainly offer enough source material to bear that out.
Every job I’ve done, back to theatre years ago, I’ve asked to chop my hair off. The stage also beckons, although his dream of writing is on hold for now.
Theatregoers may know Soller from his award-winning performances in Edward II and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Old schoolmate of Poldark’s turned nemesis, Warleggan is an ambitious young banker who puts profit above principles.
It’s another cad role for Farthing, after his recent appearance in The Riot Club. The TV veteran, who died last November, plays Ross’s uncle and the commanding head of the Poldark clan.
A chance at seeing his bare chest has become a weekly Sunday night excitement for Poldark viewers across the country.
But Aidan Turner fans had to make do with his stunt double on Saturday when the hunky stand-in was spotted swimming through the Cornish seas on the filmset of the hit BBC drama.
Nonetheless, the original casts a long shadow, not least in its blockbusting viewing figures of around 15 million.“I found out they used to have to push mass in Cornwall back by half an hour because people weren’t showing up any more. “But 40 years is enough time to give it another go.