Millions of fans are hooked on the BBC One’s Sunday night melodrama, co-starring Eleanor as Demelza, the fiery wife of Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner).
Actors Harry Richardson and Tom York, who are new to the series as Demelza’s brothers Drake and Sam Carne, have settled into their roles with the help of the ex-Beverley High School girl.
Tom York says: “It is a bit daunting coming into an already established drama, and such an iconic one at that, but the whole cast and everyone in the crew were all so welcoming which helped to make the transition into the show really easy.
“Eleanor, who plays my sister, was so great and gave Harry (Richardson) who plays our brother, and I time to get to know her so we got to build up a rapport before we started filming which was great.
“Those are gifts you don’t usually get.
“The three of us have become good friends and that has made such a difference with playing a family on screen because you have a freedom and a short hand on set.”
Harry Richardson, who plays Drake Carne, closely studied Eleanor’s performances before landing his role in the Cornish period drama.
Richardson, who had never been to Cornwall before, says: “I did one audition and when it looked like I may get a second one I watched the show profusely and focused on the brilliant accents that people like Eleanor Tomlinson have and I studied that very closely.
“I was completely stunned when I found out I had got the role.”
Eleanor insists the new actors brings a new energy to the 18th century period drama.
She says: “It has been so lovely creating the bond between Demelza and her brothers and it has been really nice to have new actors come in as it gives the whole series a new injection of energy.
“They are both absolutely brilliant actors and have done a fabulous job with their characters.”
Eleanor has enjoyed filming alongside the new cast – with the exception of perhaps one scene.
She says: “We have had difficult moments on set in the past with freezing cold sea water or being buffeted by gales but this series was quite a nice shoot for me.
“There was one moment however when I had to run into a pond to help Drake (Harry Richardson).
“The pond absolutely stank of algae so that was pretty grim. Poor Harry was lying face down in it for a solid 40 seconds before I ran in to get him out!”