Eleanor Tomlinson would be ‘upset’ if Aidan Turner is paid more

Eleanor Tomlinson would be ‘upset’ if Aidan Turner is paid more

They have starred as the fiery Ross and Demelza on the hit BBC One series since 2015. 

And Eleanor Tomlinson has confirmed that male co-star Aidan Turner was previously paid more for Poldark and will be ‘upset’ if their pay is not the same now that they have ‘equal lead roles’.

Embarking on a stunning cover shoot for Red magazine, the actress, 26, admitted she still doesn’t think they earn the same.

‘We’re equal leads’: Eleanor Tomlinson has revealed she would be disappointed if she discovered Aidan Turner was paid more for Poldark, in a stunning new cover shoot for Red

It comes after production firm Mammoth Screen, the team which makes the show, confirmed Aidan is paid more than Eleanor.

A spokesman for Mammoth said in a statement: ‘Whilst we can’t and won’t disclose the details, we do pay Aidan Turner more for playing Ross Poldark as throughout all the series Ross has significantly more screen time than any other character.’

Salary disparity has been widely discussed in the industry recently, after Claire Foy publicly addressed her pay difference with co-star Matt Smith for The Crown.

Giving her own view, Eleanor admitted she would be hurt if she found out Aidan was paid more, as she feels they have an equal presence onscreen.

When asked if she and the Irish actor were paid the same, she simply said: ‘My guess is no. 

Honest: The 26-year-old posed in a gorgeous outdoor shoot for the magazine – which captured her playfully racing around a tropical garden in a billowing ball dress

Honest: When asked about the gender pay gap, Eleanor admitted she doesn’t think she and Aidan are paid the same – but would be ‘upset’ if this is confirmed (pictured on the show)

‘And while at the beginning that might have been OK – he was a bigger star than me – now I don’t think so. We’re equal leads of the show, so I’d be pretty upset if the gap hadn’t closed.’

Despite their potential disagreement on salary, Eleanor added that she and Aidan were really good friends, and often tease each other about their roles.

She went on: ‘We’re great mates, although we do row. We row about everything – usually our characters. We’re both ridiculously protective of them and squabble like an old married couple.’

‘We’re great mates’: Despite their potential disagreement on salary, Eleanor added that she and Aidan were really good friends, and often tease each other about their roles

Revealing her co-star is a bit of a joker on set, she added: ‘Usually it’s one of us saying that our character wouldn’t behave a certain way. Aidan loves everything being his [character’s]. But then he loves to wind me up.’

Poldark first hit screens in 2015, and found immediate success – with the finale of the third season attracting a huge 6.1 million viewers last year. 

However, while the show is packed with drama and romance, it was a scene of hunky Aidan without his shirt on that caught the most attention – to the actor’s annoyance.

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