Noomi Rapace at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival
28 December 1979
|Spouse(s)||Ola Rapace (m. 2001; d. 2011)|
Noomi Rapace (/ / NOH-mee rə-PAHSS; née Norén; born 28 December 1979) is a Swedish actress. She achieved international fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish 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. 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).
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. 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." Rapace's sister, Særún Norén, is a photographer. 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.
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. She left home at age 15 and enrolled in a Stockholm theatre school.
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.
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 Gypsy; the film was released in 2011. 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. Prometheus was released in June 2012. 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. 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.
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 has a son named Lev. In September 2010, the couple filed for divorce, taking effect during 2011.
|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"|
Awards and nominations
|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|
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- Barnmisshandel kan aldrig rättfärdigas, Aftonbladet
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- Colin Farrell-Noomi Rapace Crime Thriller 'Dead Man Down' Sets 2013 Release, HollywoodReporter.com, retrieved 14 August 2012
- The girl who's been in a fight! Chameleon Noomi Rapace switches styles again as she sports bloodied and scarred prosthetics, DailyMail.co.uk, retrieved 14 August 2012
- "The Rolling Stones Première Video For New Song 'Doom And Gloom'".
- "'Millennium'-stjärnan Noomi Rapace har ansökt om skilsmässa från maken Ola Rapace". Aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 15 March 2011.
- Diu, Nisha Lilia (11 December 2011). "Noomi Rapace: 'I Want to Fight Like the Guys'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Noomi Rapace.|
- Noomi Rapace at the Internet Movie Database
- Noomi Rapace at the Swedish Film Database
- pronunciation (audio link by Swedish speakers)
- IONCINEMA.com interview with Rapace for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo March 2010