End­less love?

TV Times - - Interview - Poldark Sun­day / BBC1 / 9.00Pm

Star Heida Reed on El­iz­a­beth’s love tus­sle over Ross, corsets and be­ing a ‘fre­quent id­iot’ on so­cial me­dia

drama s the el­e­gant El­iz­a­beth Poldark, lead­ing lady of Tren­with estate, it’s only right that Heida Reed gets to wear the most beau­ti­ful vin­tage frocks on the 18th-cen­tury Cor­nish block in BBC1 hit Poldark.

But look­ing this fab­u­lous comes at a price: a su­per-tight and su­per-heavy corset!

‘I call it Cruella,’ laughs

Heida (pro­nounced ‘Hay-da’), 28, when TV Times vis­its her on set.

‘It takes 10-15 min­utes just to put it on, and I keep it done up through­out the day. I can’t ask for it to be loos­ened be­cause that would mean hav­ing to take ev­ery­thing off, which is just too time con­sum­ing.

‘It does make you look beau­ti­ful, but it does re­strict you. There are

Adays when I just have a liq­uid lunch be­cause it presses ev­ery­thing and you can’t digest solid food as well.’

On screen, Heida says that se­ries two is def­i­nitely darker – ‘it feels more in­tense’. El­iz­a­beth’s cur­rently strug­gling af­ter the death of her hus­band Fran­cis, but Ge­orge War­leg­gan is only too happy to play her knight in shin­ing ar­mour. And, of course, there’s the on­go­ing love tri­an­gle be­tween her first love, Fran­cis’s cousin and our hero, Ross Poldark (Ai­dan Turner) and his feisty wife Demelza.

Their lives have taken dif­fer­ent paths, but as we all know El­iz­a­beth has never ac­cepted it’s over with Ross…

‘No, she doesn’t think that,’ says Heida. ‘I think what she’s feel­ing is very nat­u­ral. I think it hap­pens to a lot of peo­ple. You might be con­tent with your sit­u­a­tion, but you wouldn’t like to lose the ado­ra­tion of that per­son you knew who meant so much to you.’

This week El­iz­a­beth’s at the cen­tre of the drama again. We’ve been sworn to se­crecy – sorry – but we prom­ise that Poldark fans won’t want to miss a sec­ond….

In real life, Heida’s even more glam­orous than her char­ac­ter. She can of­ten be seen grac­ing the red car­pets of pres­ti­gious fash­ion shows in de­signer gowns (for events, she prefers her ‘dresses


Some­one to watch over her: El­iz­a­beth and Ross

Heida on the red car­pet with (left) stars Eleanor Tom­lin­son and ai­dan Turner

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