The actor who plays Ross Poldark says he does not feel “objectified” by the attention he gets for his topless scenes.
Aidan Turner, 33, set hearts aflutter when he bared his torso in series one of the Cornish period drama.
Pulses were also caused to race when he stripped off his shirt while working in tin mines during the show’s second series.
The Irish actor told The Times: “I don’t feel objectified – it’s funny.
“It’s just a couple of people admiring your body.
“It’s just like doing any other scene, it’s the same as me galloping on a horse on a beach.”
He said that the scenes of his character with his top off fitted with the drama.
He added: “If he is down the mine, he is hammering away – on Sunday night we saw it – so it wouldn’t make sense with a shirt on.
“It would look odd – in those days as well.”
Turner, who said the focus on his topless scenes was “hilarious”, is getting recognised on the street more regularly since the show began.
He said: “Right now it’s dialled right up because my hair is a particular length and the disguises don’t work so well.”
Last week Turner was named best TV actor at the GQ Men of the Year awards.