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.