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Aidan Turner Has Arrived: Watch out for the Popular Rising Star

Aidan Turner in The Mortal Instruments; Aidan Turner Has Arrived: Watch out for the Popular Rising Star
Having gone through the portal, Clary (Lily Collins) finds herself outside Luke’s shop in Screen Gems’ fantasy-action THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES. Photo: Sony Pictures

This week we highlight rising star, Aidan Turner.

From Colin Firth to Hugh Grant, the Brits have come many a time to steal our hearts and make us swoon. A steady stream of young heartthrobs from across the pond have continued to take Hollywood by storm. The UK invasion persists with the introduction of Aidan Turner onto the scene. With his dark good looks and brooding bad boy aura, it’s no surprise he caught the attention of Hollywood. Mark my words; we’ve got a star on the rise here.

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Aidan, born in 1983 in Dublin, Ireland received his first major role as Ruairi McGowan in the popular Irish TV drama, The Clinic. He followed this with the role of Rossetti in the BBC’s Desperate Romantics. His next series, however, is what drew the attention of some of the Hollywood elite.

Mitchell in Being Human
Mitchell (Aidan Turner) in Being Human
Photo: BBC

If you follow cult-like supernatural series, you may also recognize him in his role of the vampire, Mitchell, from the original British version of Being Human. For those who haven’t seen the series, it’s about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost all living together as roommates as they attempt to be human. Trust me, it’s way better than it sounds. Some of the best writers in the industry pen the series (Toby Whithouse for instance). With Aidan capturing a raging, impassioned Byronic Hero on the screen to perfection, it was only a matter of time before he was noticed. He’s brilliant and captivating as the tortured vampire, yearning for blood, yet at the same time seeking redemption and the love of a good woman…or, in his situation, ghost.

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One of the most memorable parts of the series was his growing romantic relationship with the ghost, Annie, on the show. As you may recall, Mitchell and Annie made all three of our top 20 favorite TV Couples lists. His relationship with Annie is both touching and frustrating. Their chemistry is strong but Mitchell’s addiction to blood proves to be an almost impenetrable barrier standing in the way of their being together.

After stealing our hearts for three seasons as Mitchell, however, Aidan was scooped up by Hollywood bigwig, Peter Jackson, to play Kili, one of the dwarves, in The Hobbit trilogy. Despite the show’s popular cult following, this role was too big to turn down, forcing Mitchell to be written off the series.

Aidan Turner as Kili in The Hobbit. Photo: Warner Bros

He now stars as Luke Garroway, close family friend and guardian figure to the main character Clary, in The Mortal Instruments movie.

This dashing Irishman is slowly but surely making his mark. (UPDATE: He now stars in the amazing Period Drama, Poldark).

Have you seen Aidan Turner in any of these roles? Do you think he’s a star on the rise? Who else plans to go see The Mortal Instruments this Wednesday? Sound off below…

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By on August 20th, 2013

About Rebecca Lane

Rebecca Lane grew up in the hot desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona where she decided early on she wanted to write, if only to mentally escape her blistering surroundings. She has always been enamored of the arts and literature. As a child she often wrote short stories, and rewrote the endings of novels that she simply could not abide. She received her Undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was lucky enough to also spend a year studying at Oxford University. While she began her journey dreaming of the day she would sing opera in a large Manhattan theater, she found in the end she could not stand waitressing and simply could not give up books and her hopes of someday writing them. She is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and earning her Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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