English actress Saskia Reeves is best known for her performance in the movie Close My Eyes, I.D., and Frank Herbert's Dune. She also has multiple credits in stage works and television shows with a career that has spanned for over three decades.
Performing in the puppet shows and pub theatre helped her get an Equity card, and shortly she started working with likes of Mike Leigh, Nicholas Hytner, and Stephen Poliakoff.
Recently, Reeves appeared in the ITV's Belgravia along with Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig, James Chalmers, Emily Reid, Richard Goulding, Alice Eve, Harriet Walter, Adam James, Ella Purnell, and many more. Here are some facts to know about Saskia Reeves.
7. Saskia Reeves: Age & Height
Born on August 16, 1961, Saskia Reeves is 58 years old as of now. The Shetland actress will turn 59 in four months. Talking about her height, Reeves stands 5 feet and 4 inches tall (1.63 m).
She was born and raised in Twickenham and Paddington of London and has a younger sister named Imogen Reeves.
6. Her Father is An Accomplished Actor
Saskia Reeves is the daughter of actor Peter William Reeves. Peter is well known for his performance in movies as Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done, Bluebell, and What a Girl Wants.
The 58 years old actress received a piece of advice from her father: "Twice as many women go to drama school as men, and there is half as many jobs. You do the maths.", which Reeves considers a powerful reminder in the profession that has its fair amount of ups and downs.
As a matter of fact, Saskia is of Dutch and English descent. Her paternal ancestry was English, while her mother is of Dutch origin.
5. A Theatre Visit Sparked Her Interest in Acting
At the age of 15, Reeves visited West End theatre in the City of Westminster, London, with her mother. Around the time, the musical, A Chorus Line, had achieved an unprecedented box office and critical hit and just began a lengthy run at the West End theatre.
Reeves and her mother decided to watch the musical in the theatre, and it was then that the 58 years old actress came out as if she had been 'bitten by the bug.' Reeves started taking an interest in drama after the incident, which she continues to do so till now.
4. Regrets Not Attending French Theatre School
Reeves studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London after attending the Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton.
However, the 58 years old actress regrets not attending the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, a school of physical theatre in Paris. In an interview with The Guardian, Reeves stated,
"I did not even know it existed when I was starting out, and I wish I had - it offers a complete training for theatre."
Reeves also considers avoiding an audition with Academy nominated Danish film director Lars von Trier as the nadir of her career since she 'didn't know who he was' at the time.
3. Reeves Appeared as the Main Cast of Luther
Reeves played as Rose Teller in all five seasons of the show. Teller is seen as the boss of the titular character. Moreover, Saskia Reeves played as Freya Galdie in Scottish television series Shetland.
2. Pregnancy Led Her to Drop the Role of Jessica
The 58 years old actress played the role of Lady Jessica in the science fiction television miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune. The fictional character comes from the 1965 novel Dune penned by American author Frank Herbert.
Lady Jessica was first played by Francesca Annis in the 1984 David Lynch film Dune. Reeves portrayed Lady Jessica in the 2000 television miniseries and received both critical and audience praise for her performance. The fantasy magazine,Tor.com, author Emmet Asher-Perrin wrote Saskia 'embodies everything that you would expect from Lady Jessica in both bearing and commanding presence.'
However, Reeves's real-life pregnancy compelled the producers of the show to recast the role with actress Alice Krige, who appeared as Lady Jessica in the sequel, Frank Herbert's Children of Dune alongside James McAvoy.
1. Her Recent Work Include Belgravia
Saskia Reeves plays as Miss Ellis in the historical drama television series Belgravia. The series, which premiered on March 15, 2020, is based on Julian Fellowes's novel of the same name. The book and the show are both named after an affluent district of London, Belgravia.
Reeves' character, Elle, is a lady's maid to Anne Trenchard, portrayed by Tamsin Greig. While Elle might appear all smiles and revere in the presence of her mistress, she is quite cunning and devious. A thread of resentment ties Elle's thirty years of service to the Trenchard.