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Gender Pay Gap

It turns out Aidan Turner is paid more for his role in Poldark, and co-star Eleanor Tomlinson wants that to change

The pair have been the show’s stars since it first aired in 2015.

It’s been confirmed confirmed that Aidan Turner is paid more than his lead female co-star for his role in the televisions series, Poldark.


Turner has starred as Ross in the show since 2015, alongside Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza.

The confirmation came after a recent interview Tomlinson did with Red Magazine, in which she said she believed Turner was paid more than her, saying that ‘it wasn’t ok anymore’.

… while at the beginning [Turner getting paid more] 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.”

She added:

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.”


A spokeswoman for Mammoth Screen confirmed Tomlinson’s suspicions 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 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.

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