Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy, Being Human) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes To Pemberley, The White Queen, Jack The Giant Slayer) star as Ross Poldark and Demelza in Debbie Horsfield’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed sweeping saga set in 18th century Cornwall.
Also joining the cast are Jack Farthing (Blandings) as ambitious banker George Warleggan, Kyle Solder (Anna Karenina) as Ross’ cousin Francis Poldark, Warren Clarke (Red Riding) as Ross’s uncle Charles Poldark, Phil Davies (Whitechapel) as Ross’s lazy manservant Jud and Beatie Edney (Poirot) as Jud’s wife Prudie, Alexander Arnold (Skins) as Ross’s farm hand Jim Carter and Robert Daws (Holby) as Dr Choake.
And Robin Ellis, who played Ross in the original television adaptation of Poldark, will be joining the cast for two episodes to play Reverend Halse.
Already announced are Heida Reed (Silent Witness, DCI Banks) as Ross’s first love Elizabeth and Ruby Bentall (The Paradise, Larkrise To Candleford) as Ross’s cousin Verity.
Executive producer Karen Thrussell says: “We’re so thrilled by the Poldark cast, and we feel particularly privileged that Robin Ellis has agreed to join this stellar line-up – it’s a great tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s scripts. Robin is looking forward to returning to Winston Graham’s world, and we will be welcoming him with open arms! We can’t wait to start shooting next week and begin this epic journey in the stunning Cornish landscape.”
Poldark is an eight-part series, adapted by Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It, The Riff Raff Element) and directed by Ed Bazalgette (The Guilty, Endeavour) and Will McGregor (Misfits). It is produced by Eliza Mellor (Death Comes To Pemberley) and the executive producers are Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama, for the bbc.
Filming will take place across Cornwall and Bristol over the coming months and the series will transmit in 2015 on bbc One.