‘Poldark’ star Aidan Turner admits he ‘still can’t figure Ross out’ after three years

Aidan Turner has revealed that he still finds the psychology of his lead character in Poldark to be “fascinating.”

The Cornwall-set period drama’s third season concluded earlier this month on BBC One in the UK and begins in the US on PBS this October.

A fourth season has already been commissioned, but the future of Poldark beyond 2018 is uncertain.

Aidan Turner, who plays Ross Poldark, told WWD: “[Ross is] certainly interesting to play, and he constantly surprises me. I get the odd e-mail from Debbie saying, ‘I’ve written the last scene for this, can you believe this is what he does?’ But that’s what I love about it.”

The Hobbit star added: “He’s real, he’s not just a benevolent saint or a do-gooder, he tries to help as much as he can, he’s a good person by nature, but he’s also severely flawed.”

He explained: “[Ross has] got an ego — although he doesn’t think that he does. He’s not great at delegating work; he wants to take on all responsibilities, which is a noble thing to do. He wants to be the man of the house, the guardian of the community, but at the same time, he lets a lot slide and gets a lot of people into trouble.

“He’s a tricky guy; I don’t think he knows where he’s at sometimes, which is interesting to play. He’s a gambler by nature, and there’s a lawlessness to him that’s not always attractive, it’s irresponsible and dangerous. Getting into his psychology is fascinating, and I still can’t figure this guy out three years in. He’s the gift that keeps on giving.”

The first two seasons of Poldark are available to buy on DVD now.

Aidan Turner announced recently that he knows how many more seasons of Poldark he expects there to be.