Poldark: Newcomers Vincent Regan and Kerri McLean set to front show’s first interracial marriage

Poldark’s newcomers Vincent Regan and Kerri McLean are set to front the show’s first interracial marriage in the BBC One programme’s final season.

In the series — returning to screens on Sunday — Troy star Vincent will play the role of Colonel Ned Despard, who defied the odds by tying the knot to freed black slave Kitty (Kerri) in the late 18th century.  

Serving as the programme’s most modern series yet, viewers will also see Jack Farthing’s character George Warleggan seek therapy from Dwight Enys (Luke Norris) following the tragic passing of his wife Elizabeth (Heida Reed).

Groundbreaking: Poldark's newcomers Vincent Regan (pictured) and Kerri McLean are set to front the show's first interracial marriage in the BBC One programme's final season

Historical drama: The fifth series returns to screens on Sunday

Groundbreaking: Poldark’s newcomers Vincent Regan (L) and Kerri McLean (R) are set to front the show’s first interracial marriage in the BBC One programme’s final season

After spending nearly two decades in Caribbean, Ned arrived in London with his wife Kitty and their child James in 1970, and went on a campaign to abolish slavery. 

Their hard work helped Slavery Abolition Act 1833 put on end to slavery within the British Empire and its colonies.  

In an interview with Sunday Express Magazine, Unleashed actor Vincent said on the Irish soldier: ‘Ned’s story fits incredibly well into that world. Playing him was interesting and the fact he had a real, poignant story gave him gravitas.

Set for a longer run? Although the new series is billed as the last ever, viewers might not have seen the last of Aidan Turner's leading character Ross Poldark (pictured)

Set for a longer run? Although the new series is billed as the last ever, viewers might not have seen the last of Aidan Turner’s leading character Ross Poldark (pictured)

Hard times: Serving as the programme's most modern series yet, viewers will also see Jack Farthing's character George Warleggan (pictured) seek therapy after his wife's death

Hard times: Serving as the programme’s most modern series yet, viewers will also see Jack Farthing’s character George Warleggan (pictured) seek therapy after his wife’s death

‘His was a mixed-race marriage 200 years ago which is quite extraordinary. Kitty is very strong; a hugely brave woman.’ 

Kerri, who is of Jamaican, Flemish and Welsh ancestry, has previously produced a series of independent films including Memories of Mermaids and Kemble’s Riot, while Irish actor Vincent is best known for his roles in 300, Troy and Unleashed.

And as villain George grieves his beloved wife’s death, the bad banker seeks help from Dr. Dwight during a time when mental health was a taboo subject.

On tackling the role, Blandings star Jack, 33, shared: ‘The most challenging work I’ve done in the past five years is all in this series. George is grieving in a particular and dramatic way.’

Iconic: After spending nearly two decades in Caribbean, Ned arrived in London with his wife Kitty and their child James in 1970, and went on a campaign to abolish slavery

Iconic: After spending nearly two decades in Caribbean, Ned arrived in London with his wife Kitty and their child James in 1970, and went on a campaign to abolish slavery

Breakthrough role: Kerri, who is of Jamaican, Flemish and Welsh ancestry, has previously produced a series of independent films including Memories of Mermaids and Kemble's Riot

Breakthrough role: Kerri, who is of Jamaican, Flemish and Welsh ancestry, has previously produced a series of independent films including Memories of Mermaids and Kemble’s Riot

Although the new series is billed as the last ever, viewers might not have seen the last of Aidan Turner’s leading character Ross Poldark as the books never had an ending that neatly tied up all the loose ends.

‘My father once wrote, “I don’t think I shall ever of my own volition write a tidy ending”,’ said Andrew, 77, son of Winston Graham who created the characters.

‘And the word tidy was underlined. That is where we could be at the end of series five.’

Important topic: And as villain George grieves his beloved wife's death, the bad banker seeks help from Dr. Dwight Enys (Luke Norris, pictured)

Important topic: And as villain George grieves his beloved wife’s death, the bad banker seeks help from Dr. Dwight Enys (Luke Norris, pictured)

But he also told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It could only come back if the BBC wanted to do it and if Eleanor [Tomlinson, who played Demelza] and Aidan and some of the other key characters wanted to return. It has to have that sense of connection. I would be very happy with that.’ 

Mr Graham, a political economist, also served as a consultant on the series. He explained: ‘I was able to make sure some of the details were accurate. They had a sign saying Falmouth nine miles and it would have been a lot more than that.

‘I know Cornwall well and the area where Nampara [the Poldark home] is meant to be. They also wanted to show George and Elizabeth getting married in Truro Cathedral but the cathedral was not built until the 1830s.’ 

Poldark airs at 9pm on Sunday, July 14 on BBC One.

 

 

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