Aidan Turner biography

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Aidan Turner

Date of Birth: June 19, 1983

Born and raised in South Dublin, Ireland, Aidan Turner is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. He appeared in numerous stage productions such as The Plough and the Stars, A Cry from Heaven and Romeo and Juliet .

He made his television debut in 2007 with a guest appearance on The Tudors. That was followed by a recurring role as Dante Gabriel Rossetti on Desperate Romantics. From 2008 to 2009, he played Ruairi McGowan on The Clinic, followed by a role as John Mitchell on the supernatural drama series Being Human. Aidan then appeared in the critically-acclaimed TV movie Hattie.

His big break came when Peter Jackson, the director of The Hobbit fantasy film trilogy, chose him for the role of Kili the dwarf. His character appears in all three films: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

Despite his 6’ height, Aidan says the role he would most like to play would be Napoleon, followed by the 5’6” Irish featherweight boxer Barry McGuigan, who killed an opponent named Ali in 1982 when he knocked him out. Ali went into a coma and eventually died.

Aidan Turner Filmography


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  161 min.
Release Date: December 13, 2013
DVD: April 8, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.20
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Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, John Bell, Manu Bennett

Inspiration: J.R.R. Tolkien