Irish actor Aidan Turner has vehemently ruled out rooting out his dancing shoes for an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, saying he "hates" the show.

The Poldark heartthrob had a pretty strong reaction when asked if he would ever join the hugely popular BBC series, given that he represented Ireland in ballroom and Latin American dancing for 10 years.

"I don't know if I'm eligible because I used to compete at an amateur level," he told Radio Times. 

"I think you need to be, like, a raw beginner. They haven't asked me, no.

"And just for the record, I wouldn't do it."

Sounds like Aidan Turner will be sticking to the period dramas

When asked if he watched the show, the 33-year-old Dublin-born actor said: "No. I hate it. God, I hate watching it now, I can't stand it really."

It's "not about dancing... the dancing is rubbish," Turner concluded.

Ouch. We imagine producers won't be in any hurry to invite him after those comments.

Check out Turner's slick moves in a behind-the-scenes video filmed on the set of Poldark below.

Turner went on to joke about his sex symbol status, saying it's never mentioned back in his family home.

"They don't say anything. We don't keep photographs or posters of my jobs in the house...

"I mean, we watch the shows. My mum's obviously a big fan, but there's no shrines to Aidan Turner," he added.

Aidan Turner can't get lazy about working out

Turner is returning as Ross Poldark in the third series of the BBC period drama, and the actor revealed that he put on weight after filming the second season of the Cornish-set saga.

On returning to film the third instalment, he said: "I showed up a few pounds too heavy and I think they had to split the back of the waistcoat... It was too tight around here [his stomach] and not tight enough up here [his upper body].

"His [Poldark's] physicality is very much a part of who he is. It's something I can't get too lazy about. It's boring but I have to do it."

Poldark's physicality is "very much a part of who he is"

The new series of Poldark begins on BBC One in June, following on from the events of the last series which saw Elizabeth (Heida Reed) pregnant, although it was unclear if the father of her baby is former lover Poldark or her husband George Warleggan (Jack Farthing).