Poldark actress Beatie Edney accuses the BBC of ‘ageism’3 min read

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Poldark actress Beatie Edney, 56, accuses the BBC of ‘ageism’ as she claims they ‘failed to invite’ her to the premiere of the new season

  • Beatie Edney claimed that she wasn’t invited to the premiere due to her age
  • The BBC had denied it snubbed the actress and claimed she was invited 
  • The Poldark star later backtracked and said their had been a ‘mix up’ 
  • Beatie admitted that she had been invited but received it too late to attend 

Poldark star Beatie Edney accused the BBC of ‘ageism’ after she claimed they didn’t invite her to the premiere of the new season on Thursday evening.

The actress, 56, hit out at the broadcaster when fans quizzed her over why she wouldn’t be attending the screening, which was held in Cornwall.

Beatie, who plays housekeeper Prudie Paynter, took to Twitter to ask fans not to ‘blame’ her for the absence and claimed that she never received an invite. 

In a tweet that was later deleted, the actress had written: ‘Please don’t blame me for not attending the premiere for Poldark.

‘BBC One didn’t invite me. Although mainly middle aged women are the audience for the show we struggle to be represented in the media … That will probably get me into lots of stick, but it’s true.’

She later tweeted: ‘Can I just say to the fans of Poldark how much I also love the show and love being in it and the cast and (production company) Mammoth family. I am excited for you all to see season five.’

The actress, 56, hit out at the broadcaster when fans quizzed her over why she wouldn't be attending the screening, which was held in Cornwall and was attended by leading stars including Eleanor Tomlinson (pictured)

The actress, 56, hit out at the broadcaster when fans quizzed her over why she wouldn’t be attending the screening, which was held in Cornwall and was attended by leading stars including Eleanor Tomlinson (pictured)

The BBC had denied it snubbed the actress by not inviting her to the premiere of the drama, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.

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A spokesman for the broadcaster said: ‘We’re surprised by this because we did invite Beatie and were told she couldn’t attend.’

Following the BBC’s statement, Beatie backtracked and admitted she was invited to the period drama’s Season 5 premiere but it came too late for her attend.  

Beatie apologised for the ‘mix-up’ after tweeting that she was not invited to the premier due to her age and instead revealed the ‘invite came too late’. 

Character: Beatie, who plays housekeeper Prudie Paynter, took to Twitter to ask fans not to 'blame' her for her absence and claimed that she never received an invite

Character: Beatie, who plays housekeeper Prudie Paynter, took to Twitter to ask fans not to ‘blame’ her for her absence and claimed that she never received an invite

Accusation: In a tweet that was later deleted, the actress had written: 'Please don't blame me for not attending the premiere for Poldark

Accusation: In a tweet that was later deleted, the actress had written: ‘Please don’t blame me for not attending the premiere for Poldark

Mix-up! Following the BBC's statement, Beatie backtracked and admitted she was invited to the period drama's Season 5 premiere but it came too late for her attend

Mix-up! Following the BBC’s statement, Beatie backtracked and admitted she was invited to the period drama’s Season 5 premiere but it came too late for her attend

She added: ‘I was invited to the event but too late for me to come along. Unfortunately, I can’t come and celebrate with the rest of the Poldark family in my beloved Cornwall tonight but wish them the best of luck!’ 

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This isn’t the first time the BBC have been accused of ‘ageism’ as a tribunal in 2011 declared that senior executives were obsessed with ‘ethnic diversity’, ‘rejuvenation’ and attracting younger viewers when they decided to axe Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly at the age of 51.

Miriam had been told to be ‘careful about those wrinkles’ before she and three other women were replaced by younger staff.

The presenter said at the time that standing up to the BBC had been ‘the right thing to do, however hurtful, however stressful it has been’.

Denial: The BBC denied it snubbed the actress by not inviting her to the premiere of the drama, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson (pictured Jack Farthing, Luke Norris, Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell, Eleanor Tomlinson, Tom York and Ellise Chappell at the premiere)

Denial: The BBC denied it snubbed the actress by not inviting her to the premiere of the drama, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson (pictured Jack Farthing, Luke Norris, Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell, Eleanor Tomlinson, Tom York and Ellise Chappell at the premiere)

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