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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.

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