Aidan Turner biography

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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.