Aidan Turner discusses Matilda De Angelis' "muse" role in Leonardo

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Poldark star Aidan Turner and The Undoing's Matilda De Angelis are about to take on major roles in the new Amazon Prime Video series Leonardo.

The show takes a look at the life of Leonardo da Vinci (played by Turner) and explores his most famous works. Leonardo will share the stories behind the paintings while highlighting de Vinci's personal struggles.

De Angelis will play the role of Caterina da Cremona in the eight-part series.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other media, Turner spoke about Leonardo and explained what we can expect to see from his co-star and the importance of Caterina in da Vinci's life.

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"Working with Matilda was amazing... Our relationship, as actors, was very important too, we had so much together as characters. She was Leonardo's muse," Turner said.

"There was such little found on her, I think there was one document – there's a couple, there's a sketch with her face for... we think it's her... [for] one of his masterpieces that was never found. Also her name is written down as one of his muses that he used quite regularly."

Turner added that the historical information on Caterina was very limited, but she played a huge role in da Vinci's success.

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He said: "A lot of her character is imagined... In our show [she would] unlock a lot of his creativity. She's like his conduit into this world that he struggles to live with.

"In his bubble, in his own artistic bubble, he can function quite adeptly but it's outside of that we felt that maybe he has, like a lot of artists do, more trouble with that kind of thing. Especially someone like himself, so obsessed with observation.

"I think the way he observed things was just very different and it was in great detail all the time, he was really distracted about how things work, what are the mechanics behind things, you know."

Leonardo launches on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland on April 16.

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