BBC One has rounded out the cast for their upcoming 8 episode Poldark reboot.
Phil Davis (Whitechapel), Jack Farthing (Blandings), Kyle Solder (Anna Karenina), Warren Clarke (Red Riding), Beatie Edney (Poirot), Alexander Arnold (Skins) and Robert Daws (Holby) have all boarded the drama; while Robin Ellis, who played Ross Poldark in the original 1970s series, is also set to appear in two episodes in a recurring role.
Poldark is set in late 18th century Cornwall when Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.
Davies has been cast as Jud, Ross’ lazy manservant Jud; Farthing as ambitious banker George Warleggan; Solder as Francis Poldark, Ross’ cousin; Clarke as Charles Poldark, Ross’ uncle; Edney (Poirot) as Prudie, Jud’s wife; Arnold as Jim Carter, Ross’ farm hand; Daws as Dr Choake; and Ellis as Reverend Halse. They join a cast which also includes Aidan Turner (Being Human) as Ross Poldark, Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen) as Demelza, Ruby Bentall (The Paradise) as Verity and Heida Reed (Silent Witness) as Elizabeth.
This new 8 part series, based on the series of novels by Winston Graham and the 1970s television series, is being adapted by Debbie Horsfield, directed by Endeavour helmer Ed Bazalgette and produced by Mammoth Screen. Eliza Mellor is serving as the series producer; while Polly Hill, Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer are executive producing. Production on Poldark is now underway in Cornwall and Bristol, with BBC One eyeing a 2015 premiere.
“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”, said Executive Producer Karen Thrussell. “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.”