Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star Gareth Reeves: ‘I never thought I’d own a house’

Gareth Reeves_photo credit Sam Tabone - for herald sun real estate

Gareth Reeves stars in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Inset picture: Alex Coppel.

Actor Gareth Reeves is starring in the title role of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.

He has appeared in several other plays, the Disney film Pete’s Dragon and television shows including Mary: Making of a Princess, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Cult and Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.

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I became a father when I was 16. My partner and I moved into a tiny single-bedroom granny flat out the back of a friend’s property.

There was a single hotplate and no fridge, but we were happy squeezed into a single bed across the room from the bassinet.

I lied about my age to get a job in a bar.

Gareth Reeves_photo credit Sam Tabone - for herald sun real estate

Gareth Reeves. Picture: Sam Tabone.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast members Paula Arundell, Michael Whalley, Gareth Reeves, Lucy Goleby and Lachlan Woods. Picture: Michelle Grace Hunder.

I’d come home late, kiss our son, and slip into our single bed.

When he woke for a feed, I’d go get him and bring him to his mum and fall asleep on the floor. It didn’t last, but I loved it.

He’s a strapping 27-year-old man now and loving big brother to our hurricane of an eight-year-old.


I never thought I’d own a house. We bought our first home just as the first lockdown started. We’d lived in five rentals in six years prior to that.

I never thought I’d own my own home. I kept waiting for someone to jump out and take it back. They still might.

I love all the windows. We get a lot of light. We bought this epic dining table from Ikea and it’s the control centre of the home.

Piha Beach

Reeves said his dream home would likely be located in Piha, New Zealand, which has spectacular beaches. Picture: Istock

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Actors Gareth Reeves and Ben Walters, who play Harry Potter and Albus Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Picture: Alex Coppel.

We’re about to retrofit double-glazed windows and we bought this great jungle gym for the back yard during the lockdowns.

We’re lucky to have two older girls living next door who have taken our boy under their wing.

We’ve had a few ‘performances’ in the back yard. A wedding ceremony, a circus and we shot a cops and robbers film. It’s the cutest thing.


It would look over the ocean and back onto mountains and trees.

It would be well insulated and light filled, with a rehearsal space and studio, glorious kitchen and not so big that we’d never see each other and it would probably be in Piha, New Zealand.

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