Rebecca Ferguson

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Rebecca Ferguson
Rebecca Ferguson (Actress).jpg
Ferguson in 2015
Born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström
(1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 33)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Alma mater Adolf Fredrik's Music School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Children 1

Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström[1] (born 19 October 1983), known professionally as Rebecca Ferguson, is a Swedish actress.[2] She is best known for her lead role as Elizabeth Woodville in The White Queen (2013), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and her starring roles as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and as Dr. Miranda North in Life (2017). Ferguson is set to return in Mission: Impossible 6 (2018).

Early life[edit]

Ferguson was born in Stockholm and grew up in Vasastan district in central Stockholm. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is English,[3] and moved from Britain to Sweden at the age of 25.[3] Her father is Swedish.[4]

Rebecca attended an English-speaking school in Sweden and was raised bilingual, speaking Swedish and English.[5]

From the age of 13, she worked as a model and appeared in magazines and on television commercials for cosmetic, apparel, and jewelry advertisements.[6]

Ferguson has danced from a very early age; she did ballet, tap-dancing, jazz, street funk and Tango. She taught Argentine tango at a dance company in Lund, Sweden for a few years,[7] while she continued her work on several short art film projects.[8]

Ferguson attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm and graduated in 1999.[9]


Rebecca Ferguson alongside Steven Gätjen at the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation global premiere in Vienna, Austria.

She came to prominence as upper-class girl Anna Gripenhielm in the soap-opera Nya tider. She went on to later play Chrissy in the Swedish-American soap Ocean Ave.

Swedish director Richard Hobert spotted her at the Simrishamn town market in 2011, which led to her starring in his film A One–Way to Antibes.[10] She has also appeared in the horror film Strandvaskaren and the 2012 film Vi alongside Gustaf Skarsgård.[11][12]

In August 2012, it was announced Ferguson had been cast to play Elizabeth Woodville in the ten-part BBC historical drama The White Queen,[13] based on Philippa Gregory's The Cousins' War novels about the women of the Wars of the Roses.[14] Ferguson's work in The White Queen has been met with praise,[15] earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.

In 2015, Ferguson played Ilsa Faust, the female lead [16][17] in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, for which she was highly praised.[18][19] She will reprise her role in the sixth Mission: Impossible film.[20]

In 2016, she played the dual roles of Katya and Lauren opposite Sam Reid and Charles Dance in the cold war espionage thriller by Shamim Sarif Despite the Falling Snow.[21] For her acting she won the Best Actress award at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival.[22]

Also in 2016, she appeared in Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins, opposite Meryl Streep,[23] and Tate Taylor's thriller book adaptation The Girl on the Train.[24] In 2017, she played a lead in Daniel Espinosa's sci-fi thriller Life,[25] and will co-star in Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman, opposite Michael Fassbender and Charlotte Gainsbourg.[26]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Ferguson gave birth to a son, Isac Hallberg, with former boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg. After her soap opera success and the birth of her son, she moved with her boyfriend to Simrishamn, on the Swedish south-east coast. The couple separated in April 2015.[27]



Title Year Role Notes
Strandvaskaren 2004 Amanda
Plus 2008 Short film
Irresistible 2009 Woman Short film
Flyga, inte dala 2009 Short film
Lennart 2009 Short film
Arkiv 2010 Short film
A One-Way Trip to Antibes 2011 Maria
Vi 2012 Linda
Cold Night 2013
Hercules 2014 Ergenia
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015 Ilsa Faust
Despite the Falling Snow 2016 Katya / Lauren
Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Kathleen
The Girl on the Train 2016 Anna Watson
Life 2017 Miranda North
The Snowman 2017 Katrine Bratt In post-production
The Greatest Showman 2017 Jenny Lind In post-production
Mission: Impossible 6 2018 Ilsa Faust Filming


Title Year Role Notes
Nya tider 1999–2001 Anna Gripenhielm 54 episodes
Ocean Ave. 2002 Chrissy Eriksson Episode: "#1.5"
Wallander 2008 Louise Fredman Episode: "Sidetracked"
The Vatican 2013 Olivia Borghese Television film
The Inspector and The Sea 2013 Jasmine Larsson Episode: "Der Wolf im Schafspelz"
The White Queen 2013 Elizabeth Woodville Main role
10 episodes
The Red Tent 2014 Dinah Lifetime mini-series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2014 Golden Globe Awards[28] Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The White Queen Nominated
2015 Hamptons International Film Festival[29] Breakthrough Performer N/A Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[30] Best Actress in an Action Movie Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Nominated
2016 Empire Awards[31] Best Female Newcomer Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Nominated
Prague Independent Film Festival Best Actress Despite the Falling Snow Won


  1. ^ Sigander, Miranda (13 December 2013). "Rebecca Ferguson laddar för gala". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "En tv–donna att dö för!" (in Swedish). Slitz. Archived from the original on August 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Rebecca: 'I'm a commoner who becomes the White Queen'". What’s on TV. 
  4. ^ Farley, Christopher John. "‘The White Queen’ Finale Is Just the Start for Star Rebecca Ferguson". 
  5. ^ "Interview Extra - Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen". TV Choice Magazine. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Meet Mission Impossible's Rebecca Ferguson". Look. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Interview - Rebecca Ferguson for Mission Impossible Rogue Nation". Irish Examiner. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Det är kul att spela någon som är elak hela filmen igenom". DN.SE. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Citroën DS Rising Star nominerade 2013". Stockholm Film Festival. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  10. ^ Rebecca Ferguson och Tara fixar hårsvallen! (2011-09-27). "Rebecca Ferguson hälsade på! - P3 Populär". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  11. ^ "Rebecca Ferguson". Actors in Scandinavia. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Skarsgård jobbar helt naken – gratis | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  13. ^ "Starz Orders Historical Drama Based on Philippa Gregory's 'Cousins of War' Book Trilogy". Hollywood Reporter. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  14. ^ "Media Centre - The White Queen, a new ten-part drama for BBC One". BBC. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  15. ^ "5 reasons to watch The White Queen". Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Meet Rebecca Ferguson, the Scene-Stealing Star of Mission Impossible". TIME. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "After ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Rebecca Ferguson’s Impossible Calm Amid a Whirlwind Mission". The New York Times. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Fleming, Mike. "'Mission: Impossible 5' Female Lead Goes To Rebecca Ferguson". Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  19. ^ "Meet Rebecca Ferguson, the beautiful scene-stealer in Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation". Entertainment Weekly. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  20. ^ Friedman, Roger (December 8, 2015). "Mission Accomplished: Rebecca Ferguson First Tom Cruise Leading Lady Doing a Second "M:I"". Showbiz 411. 
  21. ^ "Rebecca Ferguson spies hard in the Despite The Falling Snow trailer". Empire. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  22. ^ "A trio of awards for Despite The Falling Snow". Enlightenment Productions. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Rebecca Ferguson Cast In 'Florence Foster Jenkins' Opposite Meryl Streep". Deadline. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  24. ^ "Rebecca Ferguson To Star In 'The Girl On The Train'". Deadline. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  25. ^ "Rebecca Ferguson to Star in Skydance's Sci-fi Pic 'Life'". Variety. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "Michael Fassbender's 'The Snowman' Circles Rebecca Ferguson". Variety. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "Rebecca Ferguson om separationsryktet: "Den frågan skippar vi"". (in Swedish). 4 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  28. ^ "Golden Globes 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners". Los Angeles Times. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "Variety and Hamptons International Film Festival Host 10 Actors to Watch Brunch". Variety. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  30. ^ Hipes, Patrick (14 December 2015). "Critics' Choice Awards Nominations: 'Mad Max' Leads Film; ABC, HBO, FX Networks & 'Fargo' Top TV". Deadline. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  31. ^ Jameson Empire Awards 2016: Star Wars and Mad Max lead the nominations

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