Aidan Turner has revealed he is growing out his beard for his forthcoming role in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
The Irish actor is playing dwarf Kili in the Lord Of The Rings prequel, and is deciding what sort of look he should go for.
"I'm growing out the beard - we're giving it a chance, [and] seeing what it looks like," he told Entertainment Weekly.
He denied the facial hair was to "de-handsomify" him, saying: "No, not really. I mean, famously in the books, the dwarves have really long beards, so we're just trying stuff out and seeing what it looks like."
Aidan, who plays vampire Mitchell in the BBC Three series Being Human, is undergoing boot camp at the moment to prepare for the part.
"It's dwarf boot camp, not really hobbit boot camp. It's just all dwarves - training and stuff," he continued.
"I can't really give too much away, you know? But it's pretty much everything. It's physical training and everything you can imagine, really. I guess just working as an actor helps you for these things. It's more physical than anything else, but there's dialect coaching and all those kind of things."
Martin Freeman will portray lead hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the two-part adaptation, with the first part scheduled for release in 2012.