BBC denies not inviting Poldark star to premiere after ageism accusations

The BBC has denied not inviting one of the stars of Poldark to the series premiere tonight.

Beatie Edney, who plays Prudie in the drama series, had claimed she wasn't invited to the glitzy event, which will take place in Cornwall.

The actress, 56, said earlier today that the BBC failed to invite her to the premiere along with her co-stars because she's too old.

Beatrice tweeted: "Please don’t blame me for not attending the premiere for Poldark — @BBCOne didn’t invite me.

"Although mainly middle aged women are the audience for the show we struggle to be represented in the media."

She then tagged anti-ageism campaigner Nicky Clark, saying the tweet might get her into trouble.

Beatrice added: "@MrsNickyClark that will probably get me into lots of stick, but it’s true."

A BBC spokesperson said: "We'd have loved to have Beatie at our event so we're surprised by this because we were told she couldn't attend."

Her 10,700 Twitter followers had rushed to offer their support.

One tweeted: "It’s wrong that you aren’t invited. One of the longest reigning characters on the show and one of the most well loved – you deserved to be there."

"Spot on Beatie it is called AGEISM," another posted.

A third said: "I can't believe you weren't invited! You should be, you played a vital role in what makes Poldark, Poldark. We still love you!"

After the BBC denied the claims Beatie took to Twitter to apologise.

She posted: "Sorry for the mix up earlier today. 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!"

Poldark will return for its fifth and final series in the coming weeks, though a start date hasn't been confirmed yet.

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