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- Aidan Turner
Leonardo da Vinci in “Leonardo”
Aidan Turner stars as Leonardo da Vinci in The CW’s new series “Leonardo.” Described as ‘the most relentless curious man in history,’ Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a Renaissance man: painter, sculptor, scientist, inventor and engineer. As a result of his isolated upbringing, Leonardo is detached from everyone around him. However, he is a keen observer who looks at the world and sees things that others do not see. Leonardo strives for the impossible: perfection in art. In spite of Leonardo’s brilliance, perfection still evades him. He is restless, impatient and often dissatisfied. He dedicates his life to his work at the expense of those nearest to him.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Turner invested in acting starting at a young age. He graduated from the Gaity School of Acting in 2004 and went on to appear in multiple stage productions, including projects like Romeo & Juliet, The Plough & The Stars, and A Cry from Heaven, which were produced in conjunction with Ireland’s national theater, The Abbey.
Turner’s switch from theater to screen acting came in 2008 when he landed a lead role in the film, “Alarm” and a co-starring role on the Irish TV Drama, “The Clinic.” Following these breakthrough roles, he moved to the UK and was featured in three seasons of BBC’s “Being Human,” where he played the charming and captivating character, Mitchell. At the same time, he also made appearances in programs like “Desperate Romantics” and “Hattie.”
In 2011, Peter Jackson chose Turner to portray Kili in J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit” trilogy, during which Turner also took part in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”. Most recently, he has been part of BBC’s hugely popular show, “Poldark,” from 2015-2019 as Ross Poldark, the charismatic lead.