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She’s the perfect English lady on period drama Poldark (2015-current), but 28year-old Heida Reed is far from being English in real life. In fact, most of the world wouldn’t be able to say the Icelandic star’s real name: Heiða Rún Sigurðardóttir. What a mouthful!.
After studying at Drama Centre 1
London, Heida graduated in 2010 but battled to get jobs, so she started working as a hostess at a strip joint in London called The Mayfair Club.
She also modelled in Bollywood 2
TV adverts and campaigns. “I have a North Indian look that they like out there – fair skin, dark hair, green eyes,” she says of her modelling gig.
Heida was ecstatic when she land3
ed her Poldark role as Elizabeth Chenoweth in 2015 but she had a lot to learn about Victorian culture. She took lessons on playing the harp, riding side-saddle and getting used to wearing corsets, which she says are “so tight that I can only eat soup and smoothies when I’m wearing them”.
The Icelandic beauty is single but 4
like her character, she has eyes for her sexy co-star Aidan Turner, Casanova businessman Ross Poldark on the show. “Aidan looks great. I understand [his] popularity with the fans. I hope people enjoy it for more than a topless or shirtless scene,” she giggles.
She loves spending time with her 5
co-stars and says, “The British ones taught me the proper way to drink tea, so I taught them Icelandic card games.”
And while Heida misses home, she 6
takes a piece of her culture wherever she goes. “I have a silver necklace of Mjölnir, the hammer of Norse thunder god Thor, that my parents gave me. It makes me feel connected to my history and it represents strength,” she says.