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Men objectified as much as women, says Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer

Published 11/08/2015

Aidan Turner prepares for his scything scene in Poldark
Aidan Turner prepares for his scything scene in Poldark

Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer says men are objectified as much as women in the world of showbiz - and pointed to Aidan Turner's Poldark as an example.

The 33-year-old actress, who is set to appear in 18th century drama The Scandalous Lady on BBC Two, also said she believes "perseverance will out".

Asked about her personal experience of sexism in her line of work, Dormer told Radio Times magazine: "...My personal experience has been to work on phenomenal jobs in which the men are objectified as much as the women.

"Actors suffer from it, too. Wasn't there a thing about Aidan Turner in Poldark? It's a visual medium, so to a certain extent you get judged on the way you look.

"We're not just talking about being slim here. We're talking about character actors with big eyes getting typecast in the 'friend' role. It's not just about bed-ability: it's about your physicality more generally."

She added: "I believe that perseverance will out, that if you're good and you work hard, everyone will notice."

Turner won millions of fans for his brooding role as Captain Ross Poldark in the hit BBC's hit remake and the Cornish saga has been recommissioned for a second series.

Scenes of Turner swimming naked in the sea and working topless with a scythe in a field grabbed the most attention, while a question and answer Twitter session descended into farce when the actor was swamped with questions about his looks.

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