Heida Reed – 6 Quick Facts About The Icelandic Actress

You might have heard that Icelanders pride themselves on celebrating their home-grown superstars. The European country is home to internationally-acclaimed celebrities who are excelling in their respective fields of endeavor all over the world – be it in sports, show business, politics, or business. Heida Reed is one of such celebrities famed in the European country for her unique talent and dedication to her career.

You might not be familiar with actress Heida yet, but you will get to know her soon enough because she boasts a fast-growing career. You may have seen Reed in her role in Ingrid the 2011 British-American romantic drama film, One day. However, she has also displayed her acting talent in several other films, theatrical productions, and television series, with Poldark being the most notable.

Who is Heida Reed?

Heida is an incredible actress born on 22nd May 1988, in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her birth name is Heiða Rún Sigurðardóttir. She was born to a dental hygienist mother and a father who is a music and piano teacher. The two are also parents to her younger sister and older brother. Reed completed her basic education in her hometown, after which she studied at a British drama school called Drama Center London, where she honed her acting skills and improved her fluency in the English Language.

Apart from acting, Reed has a passion for travel. She enjoys flying around the world with her loved ones. Most people only know the Icelandic actress for her roles on the screen, but here are six quicks facts you probably didn’t know about her.

6 Quick Facts About The Icelandic Actress

1. Ethnicity

Heida Reed is often mistaken for an American or British, reason being that she is fluent in the English Language. She has starred in several American and British productions, which obviously helped to build her career to an enviable height and also earn the attention of English-speaking filmmakers. Reed is an Icelandic citizen, by reason of her birth in the European country and she belongs to the White race.

2. Career

Before fame, the actress worked as a model in India. She left the modeling industry at the age of 18 and flew to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in acting. According to her, the idea of becoming an actress came from her father, who felt she would make a better actress than a model. Although Reed officially launched her career in 2008, she won her first credited role in the theatrical production of Cross Purpose as Maria. Heida Reed also played the role of The Doctor in the play, Macbeth, in the same year and later debuted as Gabriella in the 2010 short film, Dance Like Someone’s Watching You. 

The actress’s meteoric rise came in the year 2015 when she joined other performers in the production of the universally acclaimed television series, PoldarkHeida, who featured as the main cast in the series, portrayed Ross Poldark’s first love, Elizabeth Chynoweth. Heida Reed was able to win international audiences with her impeccable English and ability to play English characters so convincingly and since then, her name has been ringing bells in the movie community.

In an interview, the actress stated that she started learning the English language at the age of 12 and that she did a lot of Shakespeare at the Drama Center London, where she was taught by a brilliant dialect coach as a student. When Heida joined the movie industry newly, she had wanted to use her middle name (Run) as her stage name but she later picked up Reed after she was convinced to choose something more British.

The actress believes moving from her hometime to the UK and her early days of working in India helped to start off on firm ground. In addition to Poldarkshe has featured in a slew of successful television series such as Toast of London (2015), Death in Paradise (2016), Stella Blómkvist Stella Blómkvist (2018)In 2018, Heida Reed was cast as Olivia Reedy in an episode (Food instability) of the web series, Nutritiously Nicola! while she starred as Celeste in the 2012 film, Vampyre Nation and as Isabelle in the 2013 movie, Eternal Return. Her most recent project on the theatre is her role as Judith Covey in the play Foxfinder, which was produced in 2018 and performed at Ambassadors Theatre.

Heida Reed has also shared screentime with prominent actors and actress, including Welsh actor Iwan Rheon, English actors Paul Nicholls and Jack Farthing, as well as English actresses Bryony Hannah and Eleanor Tomlinson.

3. Awards/Nominations

At the time of writing, Reed is yet to bag any award or nomination for her participation in the production of films, television series, or theatrical projects so far. But her fans are not worried because she stands a chance of winning prestigious awards in the nearest future if she continues to grow her career at a steady pace or in leaps and bounds.

4. Family Life

Heida Reed
Reed and Sam (image source)

The actress is off the market. She is not married yet but in a serious relationship with American television/film producer, Sam Ritzenberg. The two started dating sometime in 2016 and eventually got engaged in June 2017 during a romantic trip. Sam and Heida are not just lovers, they are also project partners as they’ve worked on several projects together.

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While the actress is currently based in London, her boyfriend lives in Los Angeles. We do know that the two have announced their intention to spend the rest of their lives together but they are yet to announce their wedding plans.

5. Net Worth

The value of Heida Reed’s assets is currently being reviewed but it is believed that her net worth is in millions. According to sources, the Icelandic actress was paid in the range of $100,000 to $200,000 per episode for playing Elizabeth in Poldark.

6. Body Measurements

Heida Reed is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 57 kilograms in body mass. Measurements of her body sizes are detailed as – breast/bust size 31 inches, hips size 33 inches, waist size 24 inches. The actress sports brown eyes and hair while her bra size is 36A (US) or 80A (EU)


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