Poldark star Aidan Turner rides a small horse in the hit show – because it makes him look bigger.
The actor, 34, who returns as Captain Ross Poldark in the fourth series of the Cornish period drama on Sunday June 10, has been riding his beloved Seamus since the beginning.
“Cleverly, he said, ‘You look great on Jonny, but you look better on Seamus – he’s smaller, so he makes you look bigger.’ I immediately switched horse!”
Turner said to Radio Times: “When I first went up to Yorkshire to choose a horse, Seamus wasn’t my favourite.
“Initially, I preferred a horse called Jonny Wilkinson, because he’s a lot bigger and quite a goer. The two of us together made trainer Mark (Atkinson) quite nervous, so he persuaded me to go with Seamus.
Eleanor Tomlinson, pictured left with co-star Aidan Turner, will return to the small screen in the fourth series of Poldark in the early summer. (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen/BBC)
Turner continued: “Cleverly, he said, ‘You look great on Jonny, but you look better on Seamus – he’s smaller, so he makes you look bigger.’
“I immediately switched horse!”
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Whatever the former Hobbit’s stature, and whatever the stature of his steed, Turner said he’s built a strong bond with Seamus, though conceded co-star Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) is the more accomplished rider.
“I do pet and hug him a lot,” said Turner.
“And sleep on him. Between scenes I sometimes have a snooze. We really are close.”
The actor added he and Seamus have “similar personalities”.
As the BBC One hit returns, there has also been talk of the coming fifth series, which is rumoured to be the last.
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Turner said he’s hoping for “more riding, less House of Commons, please! Because I don’t know if anything will ever beat riding along that beach for me.”
Poldark hit screens in 2015 and has established a loyal fan base – especially in Cornwall, where the drama is set.
On June 10, Turner will again be seen without his shirt on, echoing an early scene in series one in which the Irishman was pictured scything topless in a sunny field.