Vikander at the 48th Guldbagge Awards in 2013.
|Born||Alicia Amanda Vikander
3 October 1988
Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
|Residence||London, England, UK|
|Education||Royal Swedish Ballet School|
Alicia Amanda Vikander (Swedish pronunciation: [aˈliːsɪa aˈmanda vɪˈkandər]; born 3 October 1988) is a Swedish actress and dancer. Vikander began her career by appearing in Swedish short films and television shows, most notably in the popular TV drama Andra Avenyn (2008-2011). She made her feature film debut in the film Pure (2010), for which she won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. In 2012, Vikander gained international attention when she appeared in Anna Karenina and co-starred in the critically acclaimed Danish film A Royal Affair. Since then she has appeared in The Fifth Estate (2013) and Seventh Son (2014).
Early life and education
Vikander was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, the daughter of Maria Fahl Vikander, an actress, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. They separated when she was five months old. She has five siblings on her father's side. She trained in dance at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm for nine years before refocusing her career on acting. Before the change, she appeared in several musicals at the Gothenburg Opera, such as The Sound of Music and Les Misérables. She decided to start an acting career after a few injuries.
Vikander began her career by appearing in a number of short films and television roles in her native Sweden. She became well known in Scandinavia for her role in the popular Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn (2008-2011).
Vikander got critical acclaim for her feature film debut, playing the leading role of Katarina, in the Swedish film Pure (2010). The film centers around the troubled secretary Katarina who desperately tries to escape her life. With her role as Katarina in Pure, Vikander won the Rising Star Award in 2010 at the Stockholm Film Festival, the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the prestigious Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. In 2011, she had the leading role of Fragancia Fernandez, who is arrested for attempted murder, opposite Bill Skarsgård in The Crown Jewels.
In 2012, Vikander gained international attention for playing the key role of Kitty in the English language film adaptation of Anna Karenina alongside Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Domhnall Gleeson. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and received positive reviews. That year, she also added Danish to her repertoire while co-starring as Queen Caroline Mathilde in the Nikolaj Arcel feature film A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelsen. It had its world premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and was received with critical acclaim. The film was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.
Vikander was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival, was nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013, and was the recipient of the Editor's Choice Award at the 2013 Elle Style Awards.
In 2013, she starred as German Pirate Party member Anke Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Dan Stevens. The film opened the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2013. The film garnered mixed critical reactions, however some critics praised the performances in the film. She also had the leading role of Erika in the Swedish film Hotell, for which she won the Marrakech International Film Festival Award for Best Actress.
In 2014, she appeared in the Australian crime thriller Son of a Gun (2014), with Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites. The film was released in Australia on 16 October 2014 and received mixed reviews, however, Vikander was praised for her performance.
In 2015, Vikander will star in eight films. In her first film of the year, she had the leading role of iconic pacifist Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth alongside Kit Harrington and Emily Watson. The film was released in wide distribution in the UK on 16 January 2015. Its world premiere was in The Centrepiece Gala, supported by the Mayor of London, at the British Film Institute London Film Festival in October 2014. Testament of Youth was well received upon its release, with critics praising Vikander's performance in particular. For her role as Vera Brittain, Vikander was nominated for BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film. She also played the role of half-human/half-witch Alice Deane in the fantasy film Seventh Son (2015) with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore The film was released on February 6, 2015 and received generally negative reviews, but Vikander's performance was praised. Vikander starred as the Artificial intelligence Ava in Alex Garland's directorial debut Ex Machina opposite Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. It was released on April 10, 2015 and received critical acclaim.
She will star in the Guy Ritchie-directed movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.The film is set to be released on August 14, 2015. She will also have the female leading roles in Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl (2015) with Eddie Redmayne and Ben Whishaw, which is scheduled for a 27 November 2015 release,Tulip Fever (2015) directed by Justin Chadwick with Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz, and in the upcoming adaption of the novel The Light Between Oceans (2015) directed by Derek Cianfrance with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz. Vikander will also have a role in the upcoming film Adam Jones (2015) with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.
|2007||Darkness of Truth||Sandra Svensson||Short film|
|2007||The Rain||Dancer||Short film|
|2008||My Name is Love||Fredrika||Short film|
|2009||Susans längtan||Girl in Apartment||Short film|
|2010||Pure||Katarina||Sweden's Guldbagge Award for Best Actress
Shooting Stars Award
|2011||The Crown Jewels||Fragancia Fernandez|
|2012||A Royal Affair||Caroline Mathilde||Nominated - Robert Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated - Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
|2012||Anna Karenina||Kitty||Hamptons International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performer
Nominated - BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated - Empire Award for Best Newcomer.
|2013||Hotell||Erika||Marrakech International Film Festival Award for Best Actress|
|2013||The Fifth Estate||Anke Domscheit-Berg|
|2014||Son of a Gun||Tasha|
|2014||Seventh Son||Alice Deane|
|2015||Testament of Youth||Vera Brittain||Nominated - BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
Nominated - National Film Award for Best Actress
|2015||Ex Machina||Ava||Nominated - Empire Award for Best Actress|
|2015||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Gaby Teller||Post-production|
|2015||The Light Between Oceans||Isabel Sherbourne||Post-production|
|2015||The Danish Girl||Gerda Wegener||Filming|
|2002||Min balsamerade mor||Ebba Du Rietz||TV-Movie|
|2005||En decemberdröm||Toni/Tony||3 episodes|
|2007–2008||Andra Avenyn||Jossan Tegebrandt Björn||39 episodes|
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