The 39-year-old played the role of the British Army officer Poldark for 4 years as fans watched the redcoat construct a latest life in Cornwall after fighting within the American Revolutionary War. Notoriously known for being topless within the BBC show, actor Aidan Turner touches on a tattoo that fans didn’t get to see.
In the course of the time that Poldark was being aired, a behind-the-scenes photo of the actor shirtless in a field reaping crops caught the eye of many fans.
Showing off his ripped physique while wielding a scythe, the actor revealed that despite it looking as if he’s alone, that isn’t actually the case.
Chatting with Radio Times, the 39-year-old revealed that the very first thing he thinks of when seeing that individual image is that his make-up artist, Jacquie Fowler, had been airbrushed out.
He then revealed that she had been covering a tattoo while the candid behind-the-scenes photo was taken.
When asked what the tattoo is of, he said: “Oh! A small, silly symbol I got on holiday about 25 years ago.
“It’s been lasered off now.”
Aidan got the tiny tattoo while on a vacation together with his friends in Tenerife.
With many individuals shocked by his muscular body, the actor revealed that as his character was an energetic guy, it felt right to get into that mindset himself.
Touching on his preparation to star as Poldark, he said: He said: “Given Ross Poldark was a really energetic guy, and the type of food regimen he’d be on, it just felt right to get myself into that.
“He’s a farmer, he’s working, he’s riding a horse on a regular basis, he’s a soldier.
“So it made sense to be in shape, however it wasn’t something I focused on.
“And the shot, that was a behind-the-scenes photograph. It wasn’t a publicity photo.”
Despite the snap not intending to be a publicity image, the sight of Aidan farming did spark quite a lot of interest within the show.
In the course of the time it was circulating online, there was some debate surrounding objectification which the actor still reflects on.
He told RadioTimes that although he’s unsure whether or not the situation would have been handled the identical if the photo were of a young woman, he doesn’t feel objectified.
Although people could also be used to seeing Aidan as Poldark, the actor is starring in a latest ITV thriller called The Suspect.