Aidan Turner

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Not to be confused with Aiden Turner.
Aidan Turner
Aidan Turner.jpg
Turner in July 2009
Born (1983-06-19) 19 June 1983 (age 31)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Aidan Turner (born 19 June 1983)[1][2] is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles as Kíli in the three-part fantasy film The Hobbit[3][4] and John Mitchell in the supernatural drama series Being Human.[5][6] Notable television roles include playing Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Desperate Romantics,[7] and Ruairí McGowan in The Clinic.[8] He also portrayed Luke Garroway in the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in 2013. Turner has been cast as Ross Poldark in the new BBC adaptation of The Poldark Novels by Winston Graham.


Turner graduated from The Gaiety School of Acting in 2004. After this, he appeared in several theatre plays, including The Plough and the Stars, Romeo and Juliet, and A Cry from Heaven.[9][10]

Turner's television acting career began in 2007 with a guest appearance on The Tudors.[11] He continued his television career on Desperate Romantics, playing Dante Gabriel Rossetti.[12][13] Between 2008 and 2009, he appeared in a recurring role as Ruairí McGowan on The Clinic.[14] followed by playing the vampire John Mitchell on the supernatural drama programme Being Human during the first three series.[15][16][17]

His film career began with two short films, The Sound of People and Matterhorn, both in 2007. He later played Mal in the thriller feature film Alarm (2008).[18][19]

Turner plays the dwarf Kíli in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014). In 2013, he also played shadowhunter-turned-werewolf Luke Garroway in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Turner will be portraying Ross Poldark in the revival of the old BBC series Poldark.

Personal life[edit]

Turner was born in Dublin, Ireland. As of September 2014, Turner was dating actress and model Sarah Greene.[20]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Sound of People Father Short film
2007 Matterhorn Theodoro Short film
2007 Porcelain Kevin[21] Unreleased[22]
2008 Alarm Mal
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Kíli
2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Luke Garroway
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Kíli
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Tudors Bedoli Episode: "In Cold Blood"
2008–2009 The Clinic Ruairí McGowan 18 episodes
2009 Desperate Romantics Dante Gabriel Rossetti 6 episodes
2009–2011 Being Human John Mitchell 22 episodes
2010 Resonance TT Pilot
2011 Hattie John Schofield TV movie
2015 Poldark Ross Poldark TV series


Year Title[9][23] Role Theatre Location
2005 The Plough and the Stars Corp. Stoddard Barbican Theatre London, United Kingdom
2005 Suddenly Last Summer Focus Theatre Dublin, Ireland
2005 A Cry from Heaven Ardan Abbey Theatre Dublin, Ireland
2005 Yokohama Delegation Hercules Kilkenny Arts Ferstival Kilkenny, Ireland
2005 Titus Andronicus Demetrius Project Arts Theatre Dublin, Ireland
2006 The Crock of Gold Pan Olympia Theatre
On tour
Dublin, Ireland
On tour
2006–2007 Drive-by Cork Mid-Summer Festival
Dublin Fringe Festival 2006
Cantebury Arts Festival 2007
Cork, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Cantebury, United Kingdom
2007 La Marea Bedrock Theatre Co/DTF Dublin, Ireland
2007 Cyrano Christian Project Arts Centre Dublin, Ireland
2008 Romeo And Juliet Paris Abbey Theatre Dublin, Ireland

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 SFX Awards[24][25] Best Sci-Fi Actor Being Human Nominated
2011 SFX Awards[26] Sexiest Male Being Human Nominated
2012 SFX Awards[27] Best Sci-Fi Actor Being Human Nominated
2012 SFX Awards[28] Sexiest Male Being Human Nominated
2013 SFX Awards Sexiest Male The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Nominated
2014 Empire Awards[29] Best Male Newcomer The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Won


  1. ^ "Aidan Turner Biography". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Aidan Turner Date of Birth". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "THE HOBBIT Starts Filming Next Month". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Aidan Turner filmography". Movies & TV. The New York Times (All Movie Guide and Baseline). Retrieved October 2011. 
  5. ^ "'Being Human's Aidan Turner Won't Let Other Vamps Stand in His Way". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Being Human [TV Series] Cast and Crew". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Walton, James (24 July 2009). "Desperate Romantics (BBC Two): TV Review". London: Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Clinic Character Bio". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Aidan Turner". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Irish People and Celebrity Central – Aidan Turner". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  11. ^ "Episode Cast and Crew". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Desperate Romantics". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Dempster, Sarah (22 July 2009). "A date with Desperate Romantics". London: Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "John Mitchell (Aidan Turner)". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "'Being Human' creator Toby Whithouse on the shocking finale – EXCLUSIVE". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "'Being Human' Week: Q&A with Aidan Turner". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Sinead Keenan Interview BEING HUMAN". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Aidan Turner Filmography". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "featured cast". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  20. ^ "'People take photos of my boyfriend asleep on the Tube, it's rude' – Irish actress Sarah Greene". The Irish Independent. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Porcelain (2007)". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Porcelain Movie Trailer – Aidan Turner". Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Theatre". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  24. ^ "The WFB Gazette – Results of SFX Awards 2011". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  25. ^ SFX Magazin (2011): WINNER! Best Sci-Fi Actor. Edition: April 2011. S.94
  26. ^ "'SFX Sci-Fi Awards 2011' adayları belli oldu!". 2010-09-25. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  27. ^ "SFX Awards 2012". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  28. ^ "Aidan And Being Human Nominated For SFX SciFi Awards". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  29. ^ "Jameson Empire Awards 2014: The Winners". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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