Poldark star doesn't feel objectified over topless pics

Catherine Earp
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From Digital Spy

Aidan Turner has been the subject of many debates about double standards since the first stills from Poldark were released by the BBC.

The snap of a shirtless Ross Poldark walking across the beach with his hair flowing were splashed across every tabloid earlier this month.

Journalist Mariella Frostrup wrote an article saying that as a woman she can enjoy the picture "without too much fear of censure" that men would get if the picture was of a woman.

Responding to the piece, Turner said on Newsnight: "It seems like there is a double standard, yeah, it does seem that way. But I try not to get involved in [that debate]."

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He added: "I've never felt objectified. I think sometimes other people want to feel that for you, which can be quite a strange thing.

"But personally I haven't. You say objectify, but it just sounds like [Mariella] was sort of admiring that character of Ross Poldark or physically how he looks or whatever."

He added: "These photographs were stills from the show, so in context it makes sense.

"When you pull them out and stick a photograph on the front page of a national newspaper, it becomes something very different."

Turner, who has played Ross Poldark in the TV adaptation since 2015, continued: "We're not doing anything in our show that... I mean, Game of Thrones probably has far more nudity, or Vikings, or any of these shows, than we would have.

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"So I never quite understood why our show was picked in particular, or why these images were concentrated on more so than any other shows, or other images of actors who've gone topless for any sex scenes..."

Poldark recently returned to the BBC for the fourth series – with the fifth series having already being commissioned.

Sadly for fans, the next run of the show will probably be the last with Turner, who's called his role "a five-year gig".

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