Friday, June 28, 2013

Spooks star Richard Armitage to play Ross Poldark in BBC remake? Friday, June 28, 2013 BY WB Miles (West Briton)

A television heart-throb has been chosen to play the lead in the remake of the legendary 70s drama, Poldark.

The Poldark Appreciation Society has voted for Spooks star Richard Armitage to take the role of brooding hero Ross Poldark.

Armitage was the clear winner to take up the role first made famous by Robin Ellis in the dramatization of a series of novels set in Cornwall by Winston Graham.

Val Adams from the Poldark Appreciation Society told the Daily Mirror: “I knew Winston Graham for more than 20 years and I am convinced he would approve of Richard wholeheartedly.”

The society would also like to see Bill Bailey as Jud Paynter, Pam Ferris as Prudie, Ciaran Hinds as Warleggan and EastEnders actress Jo Joyner as Poldark’s true love Elizabeth.

They were unable to decide who should land the role of Poldark’s wife Demelza, played in the original by the late Angharad Rees.

BBC bosses could be approaching the casting of the new series with some trepidation. When ITV cast John Bowe as the smouldering hero fans protested and over 50 members of the Poldark Appreciation Society marched through Bristol wearing 18th century costumes.

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