Aidan Turner is to star in the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel 'And Then There Were None'.

Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner

The 'Poldark' heartthrob has been cast as ex-mercenary Philip Lombard in BBC One's upcoming adaptation of the best-selling crime novel.

The 32-year-old actor's character is one of 10 strangers invited by a mystery host to Soldier's Island off the coast of Devon where each of them is accused of a terrible crime before they're slowly picked off one by one.

Turner joins a star-studded cast which includes 'The Riot Club' actor Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin and 'Jurassic Park's Sam Neill.

The crime thriller will be screened in the autumn to mark the 125th anniversary of Christie's birth.

Her grandson Mathew Prichard said: "I am so excited that this, the most iconic of Agatha Christie stories is being made for television with this truly extraordinary cast.

"My grandmother would be thrilled to know that a new generation will be able to enjoy 'And Then There Were None' when it appears on the BBC."

Although many of Christie's other novels, most notably those featuring the detectives Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot have been adapted for television, this is the first time this story will be shown on the small screen.

BBC drama commissioner Polly Hill said: " We are thrilled to be bringing Agatha Christie's wonderful novel to the television screen for the first time. This stellar cast will prove to be a real treat for the BBC One audience."