Heida Reed

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Heida Reed
Heiða Rún Sigurðardóttir

(1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 (age 32)
Reykjavik, Iceland
Alma materDrama Centre London
OccupationActress, model
Years active2008–present

Heiða Rún Sigurðardóttir[1] known by her stage name Heida Reed (HAY-da;[1] born 22 May 1988), is an Icelandic actress and model. She is known for playing parts in One Day, Jo (2013), Silent Witness (2014) and the BBC drama Poldark.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Reed was born in Iceland, the middle of three children of a music teacher father and a dental hygienist mother.[1][3] She grew up in Breiðholt, Reykjavik,[3][4] and attended Ölduselsskóli.[4] Aged 18, she was recruited by an Icelandic modeling agency,[3] and moved to Mumbai to work as a model in India for two years.[1][3][4][5] When she was 19/20, she settled in London,[6] where she studied drama at Drama Centre London, graduating in 2010.[4][7][5]

As of July 2017, Reed announced through social media that she is engaged to her boyfriend, American based producer Sam Ritzenberg.[4][8]

Acting career[edit]

Reed's first performance was in 2009 in an Edinburgh Fringe production of Camus's Cross Purpose.[4] A reviewer for the Edinburgh Guide considered it "expertly acted and finely paced."[9] In April 2015, Reed co-starred in the world premiere of a new play, Scarlet, by Sam H Freeman at Southwark Playhouse exploring slut-shaming and cyberbullying and their emotional repercussions.[6]

The same year, Reed was part of the first season of the British historical TV drama Poldark, which was based on the novels of the same title, playing the part of Elizabeth.[1] She subsequently appeared in Seasons Two to Four of the series.

In 2018, she appeared on the West End in Foxfinder with Iwan Rheon.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Dance Like Someone's Watching Gabriella Short film
2011 One Day Ingrid [4][5]
2012 Vampyre Nation Celeste [11]
2013 Eternal Return Isabelle
2021 Against The Ice

TV Series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 DCI Banks Carmen 2 episodes[12]
2013 Jo Adèle Gauthier Main role
2014 Silent Witness Monica Dreyfus Episode: "Commodity" (2 parts)
2014 The Lava Field: Hraunið Gréta TV miniseries
2015–2019 Poldark Elizabeth Chynoweth- Poldark (later Warleggan) Main cast (Seasons 1-4) 35 episodes[4]
Season 5 (in flashbacks & hallucinations)
2015 Toast of London Pooky Hook Episode: "Hamm on Toast"
2016 Death in Paradise Eloise Ronson Episode: "Posing in Murder"[13]
2018 Stella Blómkvist Stella Blómkvist Main role (TV miniseries)[7][4][3][5]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Nutritiously Nicola! Olivia Reedy Episode: "Food instability"


Year Title Playwright Role Venue Notes
2009 Cross Purpose Albert Camus Maria Edinburgh Festival Fringe C Venues[4][9] Find a Penny Theatre Company[14]
2009 Macbeth Shakespeare The Doctor Un­known Shakespeare in Styria
2011 Top Girls Caryl Churchill Marlene understudy Trafalgar Studios [7]
2015 Scarlet Sam H. Freeman Scarlet Southwark Playhouse Role shared with Lucy Kilpatrick, Jade Ogugua and Asha Reid in unison[15]
2018 Foxfinder Dawn King Judith Covey Ambassadors Theatre [7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Francis, Pam (2018-06-04). "Poldark's Heida Reed may play an English rose, but she has global versatility". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  2. ^ Jamieson, Teddie (14 March 2014). "Heida Reed on Poldark and eating puffins". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 18 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e Kanal, Christopher (15 February 2018). "Girl. Woman. Actor. Idiot". WOW Magazine (1). 39-42. Retrieved 10 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Arnar, Elín (31 October 2015). "Ævintýralegt líf Heiðu". Stundin (in Icelandic). Iceland. Retrieved 10 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c d Helgadóttir, Kolbrún P. (8 October 2017). "Erfitt að plana framtíðina". Eftir Vinnu (in Icelandic). Reykjavík, Iceland. Retrieved 10 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Heida Reed". 1883 Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  7. ^ a b c d "Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I'd like to play Miss Julie – she's feisty, complex... and Scandinavian' | Interviews | The Stage". The Stage. 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  8. ^ "Poldark's Heida Reed engaged to boyfriend Sam Ritzenberg". HELLO!. 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  9. ^ a b "C Cubed Venue, Edinburgh Fringe Festival". EdinburghGuide.com.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Poldark star Heida Reed joins cast of Foxfinder - Evening Express". Evening Express. 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  11. ^ Butterfield, Liz (31 July 2013). "True Bloodthirst plot summary and review". Planet Dystopia. Retrieved 20 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "DCI Banks: Strange Affair". Soap Boards. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Death in Paradise, episode 5:3 details". Retrieved 21 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Eades, Alex (8 August 2009). "Review of Cross Purpose". EdinburghGuide.com. Archived from the original on 1 January 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Scarlet at the Southwalk Playhouse". Kickstarter. Retrieved 21 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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