Saville Roberts grew up in Eltham, London, before moving to Aberystwyth, aged 18, to study languages. She worked in Welsh-medium further education.
In 2004, she became a member of Gwynedd Council for Morfa Nefyn and Edern. In 2008 she became the authorities cabinet member for education.
She was elected to Parliament in 2015 representing Dwyfor Meirionnydd becoming Plaid's spokesperson for Home Affairs, Education, Health, Environment, Energy, Equalities and Local Government. In her maiden speech to parliament she emphasised her and Plaid Cymru's commitment to public education, and highlighted issues facing rural Wales. She is the first ever female MP for Plaid Cymru.
She stood down as a Councillor following her election to parliament.
In 2016, Saville Roberts introduced a bill to the House of Commons which tackled online bullying and cyber crime.
She retained her seat in the 2017 snap general election with an increased majority. Following the 2017 election she became the leader of the Plaid Cymru Westminster group and party spokesperson for Home Affairs, Justice, Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy, Women and Equalities.
She has hinted about standing for the National Assembly in 2021.
In early 2017, Saville Roberts argued in favour of introducing a US-style rape shield law to prevent cross-examination of rape victims' sexual history in courtrooms, and tabled a private members bill on the matter. The government launched an emergency review in response. Later that year in November 2017, she led calls for a system of electronic tagging to be implemented for domestic abusers and stalkers which would allow their victims to be alerted if they were near by.
In 2018, Saville Roberts opposed UK involvement in the 2018 bombing of Damascus and Homs, which she described as a "tokenistic action" that would do "little to allay the human suffering on the ground in Syria nor to bring stability to the region." She also criticised Prime Minister Theresa May for not having given Parliament a vote on the air strikes before proceeding.
She is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Crime.
Saville Roberts has lived in the village of Morfa Nefyn in Gwynedd with her husband since 1993. They married in 1994 and have twin daughters.
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