Updated: 09/03/15 : 07:27:52
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Turner sends Twitter into collective swoon

Dublin actor Aidan Turner looks set to become Ireland's latest heartthrob judging by the reaction to his starring role in a reboot of the BBC costume romp Poldark.

Shots of Turner strutting around topless in the lavish remake of the late 70s drama had caused a flurry last week and by the time the show went out last night on BBC1, the internet was in a collective swoon, with Turner's name trending on Twitter in the UK.

Turner plays Captain Ross Poldark, a British Army Officer returning home from the American Revolution to find his fiancé has abandoned him for his cousin. See Trailer below

The 31-year-old grew up in Dublin and studied at the Gaiety School of Acting.

He was most recently seen in Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies, in which he played love interest dwarf Kili.

"It was a very strange experience," he told the Irish Examiner of his experience of making the Hobbit.

"You'd walk onto these huge sets – you might have a scene where you had to run in and say 'the orcs are coming'. Everyone was looking at you: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman: all these heavy hitting actors."

Below is what Twitter had to say about Turner's turn as enigmatic Captain Poldark. The series continues for the next seven weeks.