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Phil Davies and Warren Clarke amongst ‘Poldark’ cast


As filming begins next week on Debbie Horsfield’s (Cutting It, The Riff Raff Element) BBC One adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed 18th century saga, Poldark, more cast details have been revealed…

Joining stars Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy, Being Human) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes To Pemberley, The White Queen, Jack The Giant Slayer) as Ross Poldark and Demelza in the eight-part series is: Jack Farthing (Blandings) as ambitious banker George Warleggan, Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina) as Ross’ cousin Francis Poldark, Warren Clarke (Red Riding) as Ross’s uncle Charles Poldark, Phil Davies (Whitechapel) as Ross’s lazy manservant Jud and Beatie Edney (Poirot) as Jud’s wife Prudie, Alexander Arnold (Skins) as Ross’s farm hand Jim Carter and Robert Daws (Holby City) as Dr Choake.

Original Ross Poldark from the 70’s TV adaption, Robin Ellis, will also be joining the cast for two episodes to play Reverend Halse.

Cast already announced are Heida Reed (Silent Witness, DCI Banks) as Ross’s first love Elizabeth and Ruby Bentall (The Paradise, Larkrise To Candleford) as Ross’s cousin Verity.

Executive producer Karen Thrussell says: “We’re so thrilled by the Poldark cast, and we feel particularly privileged that Robin Ellis has agreed to join this stellar line-up – it’s a great tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s scripts. Robin is looking forward to returning to Winston Graham’s world, and we will be welcoming him with open arms! We can’t wait to start shooting next week and begin this epic journey in the stunning Cornish landscape.”

The drama is made by Mammoth Screen and directed by Ed Bazalgette (The Guilty, Endeavour) and Will McGregor (Misfits). It is produced by Eliza Mellor (Death Comes To Pemberley) and the executive producers are Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama, for the BBC.

Filming on Poldark will take place across Cornwall and Bristol over the coming months and the series will transmit in 2015 on BBC One.