Alicia Vikander

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Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander.jpg
Vikander at the 48th Guldbagge Awards in 2013.
Born Alicia Amanda Vikander
(1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 26)
Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Residence London, England, UK
Nationality Swedish
Education Royal Swedish Ballet School
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 2002–present

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).

In 2015, Vikander had leading roles in the critically acclaimed films Testament of Youth and Ex Machina.

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. They separated when she was five months old.[2][3] She has five siblings on her father's side.[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, such as The Sound of Music and Les Misérables. She decided to start an acting career after a few injuries.[5]


Early career[edit]

Vikander began her career by appearing in a number of short films and television roles in her native Sweden.[6] 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,[7] the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival[8] and the prestigious Guldbagge Award for Best Actress.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] The film was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.[1][12]

Vikander was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival,[13] was nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013,[14] and was the recipient of the Editor's Choice Award at the 2013 Elle Style Awards.[15]

In 2013, she starred as German Pirate Party member Anke Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Dan Stevens.[16] The film opened the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2013.[17] The film garnered mixed critical reactions,[18] however some critics praised the performances in the film.[19] 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.[20]

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,[21] however, Vikander was praised for her performance.[22]


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.[23][24][25] Testament of Youth was well received upon its release, with critics praising Vikander's performance in particular.[26][27] 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[28] The film was released on February 6, 2015 and received generally negative reviews,[29] but Vikander's performance was praised.[30] Vikander starred as the Artificial intelligence Ava[31] in Alex Garland's directorial debut Ex Machina opposite Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. It was released on April 10, 2015[32][33] and received critical acclaim.[34]

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.[35] 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,[36]Tulip Fever (2015) directed by Justin Chadwick with Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz,[37] and in the upcoming adaption of the novel The Light Between Oceans (2015) directed by Derek Cianfrance with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.[38] Vikander will also have a role in the upcoming film Adam Jones (2015) with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.[39]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2015, Vikander lives in London.[40] In late 2014, she began dating her The Light Between Oceans co-star Michael Fassbender.[40][41]


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Tulip Fever Sophia Post-production
2015 Adam Jones Post-production
2015 The Light Between Oceans Isabel Sherbourne Post-production
2015 The Danish Girl Gerda Wegener Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Min balsamerade mor Ebba Du Rietz TV-Movie
2005 En decemberdröm Toni/Tony 3 episodes
2007 Levande föda Linda Mini-series
2007–2008 Andra Avenyn Jossan Tegebrandt Björn 39 episodes
2008 Höök Katarina 2 episodes


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