Poldark hunk Aidan Turner to play terrorist in West End theatre debut

Aidan Turner will play a terrorist in The Lieutenant Of Inishmore next year.

Aidan Turner has signed up to make his West End debut playing a terrorist in The Lieutenant Of Inishmore.

The Poldark star, 34, will play Mad Padraic, a fictional character deemed too violent to be a member of the IRA, in the production at London’s Noel Coward Theatre.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Aidan said he missed the “buzz” of being on stage and said of the new role: “It’s the furthest I can get from Ross Poldark that I can possibly imagine.”

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson in Poldark (Robert Viglasky/BBC)

Written by Martin McDonagh, the play is described as “a brilliant satire on terrorism” and observation “of violence in contemporary culture”.

The Lieutenant Of Inishmore opens for previews at the Noel Coward Theatre on June 23 while the fourth series of Poldark, which is currently being filmed, will surface next year.