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Aidan Turner was overweight on Poldark return

Aidan Turner hates U.K. TV talent contest Strictly Come Dancing.

Aidan Turner was so out of shape when he returned to the set of Poldark he struggled to fit into his costume.

The British hunk, who plays Ross Poldark, a British army officer seeking to regain his family fortune in the BBC period drama, had fans of the show swooning at his ripped torso in the first two series.

However the 33-year-old actor piled on the pounds ahead of filming Poldark's third season and had to ask for his costume to be altered.

"I showed up a few pounds too heavy and they had to split the back of the waistcoat," he told Britain's Radio Times magazine.

He reportedly gestured to his stomach and added, "It was too tight around here."

Despite turning up on set with a little excess flab Aidan worked hard to get back into shape to ensure fans will not be disappointed when the series returns later this month (Jun17).

"His (Ross Poldark's) physicality is very much a part of who he is," he explained. "It's something I can't get too lazy about. It's boring but I have to do it."

One thing the star will never do to keep trim is appear on U.K. TV dance contest Strictly Come Dancing.

Despite being a keen amateur dancer he said that he hates the show, branding the dancing of celebrity contestants "rubbish".

"I hate it. God, I hate watching it now, I can't stand it really," he explained, adding that the show is, "not about dancing... the dancing is rubbish."

Ruling himself out of ever signing up to appear he said, "I don't know if I'm eligible because I used to compete at an amateur level. I think you need to be, like, a raw beginner. They haven't asked me, no. And just for the record, I wouldn't do it."

Despite BBC bosses saying Poldark will debut in June, an exact date for the third series' opener is yet to be confirmed.

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