Noomi Rapace

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Noomi Rapace
Noomi Rapace 2007.jpg
Born Noomi Norén
(1979-12-28) 28 December 1979 (age 34)
Hudiksvall, Sweden
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Ola Rapace (2001–2011)
Children 1

Noomi Rapace (/ˈnmi rəˈpɑːs/ NOH-mee rə-PAHSS;[1] née Norén; born 28 December 1979) is a Swedish actress.[2] She achieved international fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.[3] She is also known for playing Leena in Beyond (2010), Anna in The Monitor (2011), Madame Simza Heron in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), the lead role of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in the Ridley Scott science fiction film Prometheus (2012), and Beatrice in Dead Man Down (2013).

Early life[edit]

Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden. Her mother, Nina Norén (born Kristina Norén; 1954) is a Swedish actress, and her father, Rogelio Durán (10 November 1953 – 4 November 2006), was a Spanish Flamenco singer from Badajoz.[4] She has said that her father may have been of part Roma descent, and though she is "not sure if it is true," she has "always been interested in the culture."[5][6] Rapace's sister, Særún Norén, is a photographer.[3] Rapace has said she saw her father only occasionally before his death. At the age of five, she moved from her native Sweden to Flúðir in Iceland with her mother and stepfather. Two years later, she made her film debut in a minor role in In the Shadow of the Raven.

Rapace speaks Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, and English in addition to her native Swedish.[7]

Career[edit]

At the age of seven, Rapace was given her first film role, which was a non-speaking part in the film Í skugga hrafnsins by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. This experience made her decide to be an actress.[8] She left home at age 15 and enrolled in a Stockholm theatre school.[9]

In 1996, she made her television debut playing the part of Lucinda Gonzales in the long-running soap series Tre kronor. From 1998 to 1999, Rapace studied at the acting school Skara Skolscen. She has been engaged at Theater Plaza 2000–01, Orionteatern 2001, Teater Galeasen 2002, Stockholms stadsteater in 2003 as well as at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, all in Stockholm. In 2007, she won acclaim for her award-winning portrayal of a troubled teen mother in the Danish film Daisy Diamond, directed by Simon Staho. She won the two top film awards in Denmark (the Bodil and Robert prize) for Best Actress for her role in the film, which was also selected for the main competition at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. The film received some criticism for the supposed abuse occurring to a baby actor during production.[10]

In 2009, she played the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish-produced film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, reprising this role in the sequels The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (all three were originally screened as two-part telemovies, then re-edited for theatrical release). On 11 September 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that Rapace had been cast in Guy Richie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, her first English-speaking role, as a French romani; the film was released in 2011.[11] Her international fame has earned her leading roles in American cinema. She was cast in Ridley Scott's blockbuster hit Prometheus where she played the leading role, a scientist named Elizabeth Shaw. She had met Scott for the first time following the release of the Millennium trilogy movies, at which point he expressed a willingness to work with her and encouraged her to improve her accent.[12] Prometheus was released in June 2012.[13] She starred alongside Rachel McAdams in Brian De Palma's erotic thriller Passion, which is the English-language remake of 2010's French psychological thriller Love Crime. They both appeared in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows but did not share scenes together.

She appeared in Niels Arden Oplev's crime thriller Dead Man Down.[14][15] In November 2012, she appeared as the lead role in a Rolling Stones video for the single "Doom and Gloom" shot in the studios of the Cité du Cinéma by Luc Besson in Saint-Denis.[16] Rapace will be joining Will Smith in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Brilliance, although her role isn't known yet.[17] In 2014, Rapace appeared in the video for the single "eez-eh" by Kasabian.

Personal life[edit]

Rapace married Swedish actor Ola Norell in 2001. Together, they chose the surname Rapace after they were married; it means "bird of prey" in French and Italian. The couple have a son named Lev. In September 2010, the couple filed for divorce, taking effect during 2011.[18][19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Sanning eller konsekvens Nadja
2001 Röd jul Kvinna på krog
2003 En utflykt till månens baksida Andrea
2003 Capricciosa Elvira
2004 Älskar, älskar och älskar Nelly
2005 Lovisa och Carl Michael Anna Rella
2005 Toleransens gränser Mom
2005 Blodsbröder Veronica
2006 Enhälligt beslut Amira
2006 Du & jag Maja
2006 Sökarna: Återkomsten Enforcer
2007 Daisy Diamond Anna
2009 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth Salander
2009 Girl Who Played with Fire, TheThe Girl Who Played with Fire Lisbeth Salander
2009 Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, TheThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest Lisbeth Salander
2010 Beyond Leena
2011 The Monitor Anna Also known as Babycall
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Madame Simza Heron
2012 Prometheus Elizabeth Shaw
2013 Dead Man Down Beatrice
2013 Passion Isabelle
2014 The Drop Nadia Post-production
2014 Child 44 Raisa Demidov Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Tre kronor Lucinda Gonzales 12 episodes
2001 Pusselbitar Marika Nilsson TV miniseries
2002 Stora teatern Fatima TV miniseries
2003 Tusenbröder Hemvårdare Episode "Tusenbröder II – Del 5"
2007–2008 Labyrint Nicky 12 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Artist Notes
2012 "Doom and Gloom" The Rolling Stones
2014 "eez-eh" Kasabian

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Work Result
Bodil Awards 2008 Best Actress Daisy Diamond Won
Robert Award 2008 Best Actress Daisy Diamond Won
European Film Awards 2009 Best Actress Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
Nymphe d’Or 2010 Best Actress in a TV-Mini-Series Millennium Trilogy (TV version) Won
Nymphe d’Or 2010 Best Actress Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award 2010 Best Actress Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
Guldbagge Awards 2010 Best Actress Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Won
Houston Film Critics Society 2010 Best Actress Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award 2010 Best Lead Actress Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
New York Film Critics Online Award 2010 Breakthrough Performer Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Won
Satellite Awards 2010 Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association 2010 Best Actress Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
Saturn Award 2010 Best Actress Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
São Paulo International Film Festival 2010 Best Actress Beyond Won
Hollywood Film Festival 2010 Spotlight Award Won
London Film Critics' Circle 2011 Actress of the Year The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
Empire Awards 2011 Best Actress The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Won
BAFTA Awards 2011 Best Leading Actress The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 2011 Best Actress The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2011 Best Actress The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2011 Breakthrough Film Artist The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Nominated
Guldbagge Awards 2011 Best Actress Beyond Nominated
International Emmy Awards 2011 Best Performance by an Actress Millennium Nominated
Rome Film Festival 2011 Best Actress The Monitor Won
Teen Choice Awards 2012 Choice Movie Actress – Action Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Nominated
2012 Choice Movie Breakout Prometheus Nominated
Amanda Awards 2012 Best Actress The Monitor Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noomi Rapace Pronunciation in Swedish audio link (Retrieved 10 June 2012)
  2. ^ Karen Olsson, Noomi Rapace Arrives in Hollywood, by Way of Outer Space, The New York Times Magazine, 27 May 2012, p. 26.
  3. ^ a b Peter Howell (26 March 2010). "Rising star became the girl with the dragon tattoo". Toronto: thestar.com. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Andrew (20 August 2010). "Millennium fever: Stieg Larsson and the mystery of the lost manuscript". Thisislondon.co.uk. ES London Limited. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Bob Thompson, "Sherlock Holmes star Noomi Rapace on moving past the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", National Post, 12 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Noomi Rapace: 'I Want to Fight Like the Guys'". The Daily Telegraph (London). 11 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Noomi Rapace knows how to handle herself in 'Sherlock Holmes' – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA – Quincy, MA". Patriotledger.com. 2011-12-10. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  8. ^ Sverrisson, Ágúst Borgþór (22 July 2009). "Vildi ekki flytja frá Íslandi – Pressan spjallar við aðalleikkonuna úr Menn sem hata konur" (in Icelandic). www.pressan.is. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Gritten, David (18 February 2010). "Noomi Rapace interview: the world's most seductive sleuth". Telegraph.co.uk (London: Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Barnmisshandel kan aldrig rättfärdigas, Aftonbladet
  11. ^ Karen Valby. "'Dragon Tattoo' star Noomi Rapace cast in 'Sherlock Holmes 2'". EW. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  12. ^ Sheryl Garratt (1 June 2012). "Noomi Rapace interview for Ridley Scott's Prometheus". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ridley Scott's Prometheus – new trailer released". Radio Times. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  14. ^ McClintock, Pamela (21 June 2012), Colin Farrell-Noomi Rapace Crime Thriller 'Dead Man Down' Sets 2013 Release, HollywoodReporter.com, retrieved 14 August 2012 
  15. ^ Mendoza, Nadia (25 June 2012), The girl who's been in a fight! Chameleon Noomi Rapace switches styles again as she sports bloodied and scarred prosthetics, London: DailyMail.co.uk, retrieved 14 August 2012 
  16. ^ "The Rolling Stones Première Video For New Song 'Doom And Gloom'". 
  17. ^ "Prometheus Star Noomi Rapace is Joining Will Smith for Brilliance". 
  18. ^ "'Millennium'-stjärnan Noomi Rapace har ansökt om skilsmässa från maken Ola Rapace". Aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  19. ^ Diu, Nisha Lilia (11 December 2011). "Noomi Rapace: 'I Want to Fight Like the Guys'". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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