Scarred Aidan Turner takes the reins in new images from BBC1 drama Poldark

See the Being Human and Hobbit actor ride a horse and scour the Cornwall coast in new pictures from the BBC1 period drama

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Aidan Turner saddles up and settles in to eighteenth century life in new images from BBC historical drama Poldark.

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The Being Human actor plays Ross Poldark, a soldier who returns from the American War of Independence to begin a new life as a mine owner in his native Cornwall.

Phil Davis (who featured in a later series of BBC3’s Being Human) also appears in the BBC1 drama, alongside actors Eleanor Tomlinson, Warren Clarke and Hinterland’s Richard Harrington.

The new images show Turner with a dashing scar on his cheek, riding through the Cornish countryside and embracing his lost fiancée Elizabeth (played by Heida Reed).

Warren Clarke plays Turner’s uncle Charles Poldark, while Phil Davis portrays Turner’s old servant Jud. Eleanor Tomlinson plays Demelza, Poldark’s new love interest.

Check out the photos below.

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Poldark is adapted from the novels by Winston Graham, and is the second time the BBC has brought the story of 18th century romance and intrigue to the small screen. Actor Robin Ellis starred in the 1970s series, and will make a cameo appearance in the latest adaptation.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com at the Hobbit premiere in December 2014, Turner said, “I’m really excited – I’ve seen the episodes now and it’s really great! I’m very proud of it.”

He added that the series was a “massive” change from his role in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, where he played dwarf Kili.

“I mean, I was riding horses all the time and in the countryside, so that didn’t change, but it’s a very different job,” he said.

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“And obviously I’m Ross Poldark in Poldark, so it wasn’t just a very small wheel in a big cog. I am the cog!”