Aidan Turner drama ‘Leonardo’ is FINALLY coming to US television

Half a year after it launched in Europe, American viewers can at last watch Leonardo soon.

Starring Aidan Turner as Italian inventor, scientist, and artist Leonardo da Vinci, the series debuted in Italy way back in March.

Leonardo then arrived in the UK in April, but the show has been without a US broadcaster… until now.

It’s just been announced that the eight-part first season has been picked up by The CW.

Leonardo is expected to premiere on The CW later this year or in early 2022.

We’ll let you know the date for your diary as soon as we find out!

The historical period drama was created by Sherlock writer Steve Thompson and The X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz.

It was originally meant to premiere in 2020, marking the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death, but filming was heavily delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the trailer:


Alongside Aidan Turner, Leonardo also stars Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale) as da Vinci’s master Andrea del Verrocchio, Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing) as his muse Caterina da Cremona, Carlos Cuevas (Merlì) as Leonardo’s apprentice and trusted friend Salaì, James D’Arcy (Homeland) as Ludovico Sforza Duke of Milan, and Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) as a young detective, Stefano Giraldi.

It was confirmed this summer that the show has been renewed for a second season, with Turner reprising his role as da Vinci.

Season 2 will apparently follow Leonardo during his time in Rome, encountering other talents of the day such as Raphael and Michelangelo.

There’s also been talk of a spin-off series based around Michelangelo, exploring the creation of the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel.

Aidan Turner is best known for playing Ross Poldark in all five seasons of the BBC’s hit drama Poldark.

The Irish actor recently joined the cast of a new TV thriller from the makers of Vigil and The Bletchley Circle.

Poldark is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.