Aidan Turner sports new beard as Eleanor Tomlinson announces Poldark WILL ...

He won the hearts of fans around the world when he took on the role of ruggedly handsome Cornish man Ross Poldark in the hit BBC drama of the same name.

But Aidan Turner looked a far cry away from his character in the beloved programme, as he sported a bushy beard while attending the show's series four premiere.

Making an appearance at the special sneak-peak event at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday, Aidan looked dapper with his new facial hair.

Very different: Aidan Turner looked a far cry away from his role in Poldark as he sported a new beard at a fan event ...as Eleanor Tomlinson announced the show WILL return for a fifth season

Very different: Aidan Turner looked a far cry away from his role in Poldark as he sported a new beard at a fan event ...as Eleanor Tomlinson announced the show WILL return for a fifth season

The actor looked to be in high spirits as he spoke about the upcoming season with fans, after they were given a sneak preview of the new series' first episode.

Aidan was clearly dressed to impress, as he teamed a dark blue top with a leather jacket and grey jeans for a casual chic look.

The fourth series is yet to be given a set air date, but Aidan was keen to take part in a Q&A session with show writer Debbie Horsfield and executive producer Karen Thrussell.

Smooth: Poldark usually sports a clean-shaven look in the BBC drama

New look: Making an appearance at the special sneak-peak event at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday, Aidan looked dapper with his new facial hair

New look: Making an appearance at the special sneak-peak event at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday, Aidan looked dapper with his new facial hair

Special event: The actor looked to be in high spirits as he spoke about the upcoming season with fans, after they were given a sneak preview at the first episode of the new series

Special event: The actor looked to be in high spirits as he spoke about the upcoming season with fans, after they were given a sneak preview at the first episode of the new series

And while fans were excited to hear them talk about the upcoming series, it was the special video message from lead actress Eleanor Tomlinson that really made their night as she revealed that the show would return for a fifth season. 

In the clip, which was also uploaded to the show's official Twitter account, Eleanor said: 'Hey everyone, I'm really sorry I can't be there tonight at the BFI screening of series four, episode one. 

'I'm unfortunately tied up filming War of the Worlds at the minute so I've been running from aliens on a daily basis, which has been fun.'

Announcement: While fans were excited to hear them talk about the upcoming series, it was the special video message from lead actress Eleanor Tomlinson that really made their night

Announcement: While fans were excited to hear them talk about the upcoming series, it was the special video message from lead actress Eleanor Tomlinson that really made their night

Dressed to impress: Ciara Charteris put on a busty display in an off the shoulder red and blue dress

Demure: Ellise Chappell was the picture of glamour in her semi-sheer black dress

Dressed to impress: Ciara Charteris (L) and Ellise Chappell (R) looked stunning in their glamorous for the one-off fan event

Preview: The new series is yet to be given a set air date, but Aidan was keen to take part in a Q&A session with show writer Debbie Horsfield (L) and executive producer Karen Thrussell (R)

Preview: The new series is yet to be given a set air date, but Aidan

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