Alicia Vikander

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Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander.jpg
Vikander at the 48th Guldbagge Awards 2013 in Stockholm.
Born Alicia Amanda Vikander
(1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 26)
Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Dancer
Years active 2002–present

Alicia Amanda Vikander (Swedish pronunciation: [aˈliːsɪa aˈmanda vɪˈkandər]; born 3 October 1988) is a Swedish actress. She began her career in Swedish film and television. Since 2011 Vikander has appeared in European productions including the 2012 UK film Anna Karenina and the Academy Award-nominated Danish movie A Royal Affair.

She is the recipient of the Guldbagge Award.

Early life and education[edit]

Vikander was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, [1] the daughter of Maria Fahl Vikander, an actress, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist.[2][3] She has five siblings.[4] She trained in dance at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm for nine years before refocusing her career on acting.[1] Before the change, she appeared in several musicals at the Gothenburg Opera.

Acting career[edit]

Vikander is well known in Scandinavia for her role in the popular Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn and her starring performances in the feature films Pure (2010) and The Crown Jewels (2011). 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 Guldbagge Award for Best Actress.[5] Critics have also described her performance in Pure as “From tomboy to temptress, from street kid to secretary, Vikander shows a sheer range in her big-screen debut that’s utterly hypnotic.”

Vikander performed in the English language film adaptation of Anna Karenina (2012), wherein movie critics said that she “modulates stunningly from flighty impulse to a chastened, trembling realisation of what love can mean,” and added Danish to her repertoire while working on the Nikolaj Arcel feature A Royal Affair (2012).[1] For her performance in the Danish film, Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer calls her performance “nicely nuanced,” while David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter says that “Vikander is intense and incandescent”. Jessica Kiang of The Playlist praises Vikander, stating that she “does a fine job in portraying the young, idealistic queen and, positively worshipped by the camera and flattered by the frocks and hairstyles, she makes an appropriately tragic heroine”.

She also starred as Anke Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate (2013) and as iconic pacifist Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth (2015). Her performance in the Vera Brittain biopic received positive reviews from critics. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian says that “Vikander herself carries off the role with delicacy and poise,” while Tim Robey of The Telegraph hails her performance as a “thrillingly astute portrait of a young Oxford undergraduate whose ideals are beaten into shape,” and “glorious.” Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter describes that “in the end, though, Vikander owns the movie, making this a very auspicious breakout in her first leading role in an English-language production. Technically, it’s hard to fault: she nails the accent, cries convincingly on cue, and has an astonishing physical presence. But what’s even more impressive is the way she puts across Vera’s intelligence, her cussedness (she’s even a bit of a pain in the neck sometimes), and it’s the quieter moments that impress most, especially coupled with the way Kent and Co. tactically underplay certain key emotional scenes in order to deliver a bigger pay off later.” Lisa Giles-Keddie of HeyUGuys claims that “Vikander has all the grace, beauty and defiant sense of a younger, Swedish Keira Knightley. The actress has the formidable task of portraying every facet of Vera’s character in a turbulent time, and she does so, so eloquently and seamlessly.” Also, Naman Ramachandran of Cineuropa says that Vikander is a “revelation,” and that “Vera is a somewhat pig-headed character seen in almost every frame of the film and is a character difficult to pull off, even for a more seasoned actor, but Vikander achieves this with aplomb, striking the right balance between strength and fragility. Expect to see plenty more of her in the years to come.”

Alicia will play the role of Alice Deane in the forthcoming American movie Seventh Son.[6] She will also star in the heist thriller Son of a Gun with Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites, the science fiction film Ex Machina with Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac, the Guy Ritchie-directed movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, the leading role in Tulip Fever directed by Justin Chadwick with Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz, and the upcoming adaption of the novel The Light Between Oceans directed by Derek Cianfrance with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.

Vikander was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival and was nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013. She was also the recipient of the Editor's Choice Award at the 2013 Elle Style Awards and the Best Actress Award at the 2013 Marrakech International Film Festival for Hotell, and whom Jessica Kiang of The Playlist claims to be “undoubtedly Vikander’s film”. She was also nominated for BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards 2014.

Vikander also participated in the Chanel Little Black Jacket Exhibition in 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Min balsamerade mor Ebba Du Rietz TV movie
2005 En decemberdröm Toni/Tony TV series; 3 episodes
2007 Levande föda Linda TV miniseries
2007 Darkness of Truth Sandra Svensson Short film
2007 The Rain Dancer Short film
2007–2008 Andra Avenyn Jossan Tegebrandt Björn TV series; 39 episodes
2008 Höök Katarina TV series; 2 episodes
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
2011 The Crown Jewels Fragancia Fernandez Also known as "Kronjuvelerna"
2012 A Royal Affair Caroline Mathilde
2012 Anna Karenina Kitty
2013 Hotell Erika
2013 The Fifth Estate Anke Domscheit-Berg
2014 Son of a Gun Tasha Post-production
2015 Ex Machina Ava Post-production
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Gaby Teller Post-production
2015 Seventh Son Alice Deane Post-production
2015 Testament of Youth Vera Brittain Post-production
2015 Tulip Fever Sophia Filming
2015 Untitled John Wells project Filming
TBA The Light Between Oceans Isabel Sherbourne Filming
TBA The Danish Girl Gerda Wegener Pre-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lawrence, Vanessa (December 2011). "Alicia Vikander". W (Condé Nast): 71. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ MacNab, Geoffrey (15 September 2012). "Alicia Vikander – Make room for a new Swedish sensation". The Independent. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "LĂśrdagsintervjun: ELLE mĂśter Alicia Vikander | ELLE". Elle.se. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Golden Girl: Alicia Vikander | Film, Fashion". Hunger Tv. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Alice Vikander". Guldbagge Award. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Variety 'Seventh Son' finds young leads

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