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Poldark: meet the new hunks arriving in series 3

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 06/06/2017 By Telegraph Reporters
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Watch: Poldark Series 3 Teaser Trailer (Provider: Press Association)

Poldark is back, Sunday-night TV is whole again, and with the Byronic Aidan Turner and the tempestuous Eleanor Tomlinson swaggering, fighting and loving in their natural home as they rebuild their marriage, everything is just as it should be.

Or is it? The third season, based on books five and six of Winston Graham’s epic saga, kicks off in 1794 with Elizabeth about to give birth to Ross’s child (probably), Demelza’s father dying, the French Revolution in full swing and a veritable Paris Mob of new characters traipsing into Truro. Inevitably most of them mean trouble. 

Amidst the usual sweeping drama, the series will also see the arrival of a pair of hunky brothers to get the viewers and the ladies of 18th-century Cornwall swooning. Meet the Carnes.

Poldark: meet the new hunks arriving in series 3

Sam and Drake Carne are Demelza's two younger brothers that she left behind when she fled their abusive father. Now they've come to join their sibling near Nampara.

Sam (Tom York) is the elder of the two and is a charismatic Methodist preacher who turns up to save his sister Demelza’s soul. He soon captures a significant congregation and falls out with the local church and with George Warleggan. Ross, understandably, is conflicted.

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York's CV includes Olympus and Death in Paradise, and the actor possesses a smoulder to rival Aidan Turner. “It’s daunting coming into such an iconic, established drama,” he admits. “But Sam is a gift – it’s rare as a young actor to get to play a character with such principle and conviction.”

Drake, played by Harry Richardson, is the youngest. He leans closer to his free-spirited sister than his man-of-God brother but he’s a stabilising force in everyone’s lives. He’s a born romantic, and tumbles into a turbulent romance with Morwenna. Aussie Richardson, who was in Doctor Thorne last year, says, “I was terrified at my audition, as I’d never even met someone from Cornwall.  I spent a lot of time focusing on getting the accent right.”

For those who have been lamenting the recent decision to mostly keep Turner fully clothed, these new arrivals will reportedly be disrobing – at least their top half – in the coming series. 

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