Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström
19 October 1983
|Alma mater||Adolf Fredrik's Music School|
|Spouse(s)||Rory (m. 2019)|
|Partner(s)||Ludwig Hallberg (2005–2015)|
Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström (born 19 October 1983) is a Swedish actress. She began her acting career with the Swedish soap opera Nya tider (1999–2000) and went on to star in the slasher film Drowning Ghost (2004). She came to international prominence with her portrayal of Elizabeth Woodville in the British television miniseries The White Queen (2013), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film.
Ferguson starred as MI6 agent Ilsa Faust in the action spy film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and its sequel Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018). She also played Jenny Lind in the musical film The Greatest Showman and acted in science fiction horror film Life (both in 2017), starred in the horror film Doctor Sleep (2019), and had supporting parts in the comedy-drama Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), the mystery thriller The Girl on the Train (2016), and the science fiction film Men in Black: International (2019). She portrayed Lady Jessica in the sci-fi epic Dune (2021).
Ferguson was born in Stockholm and grew up in the Vasastan district in central Stockholm. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is British, and moved from Britain to Sweden at the age of 25. Her father is Swedish. Her maternal grandmother is from Northern Ireland, and her maternal grandfather is Scottish. Ferguson took her mother's surname as her stage name.
From the age of 13, she worked as a model and appeared in magazines and on television commercials for cosmetic, apparel, and jewellery advertisements. Ferguson has danced from a very early age; she danced ballet, tap-dancing, jazz, street funk and tango. She taught Argentine tango at a dance company in Lund, Sweden for a few years, while she continued her work on several short art film projects. Unsure if she wanted to act, Ferguson had other jobs, such as working at a daycare centre, as a nanny, at a jewellery shop, at a shoe shop and at a Korean restaurant.
Ferguson came to prominence as upper-class girl Anna Gripenhielm in the Swedish soap opera Nya tider (1999–2000). She went on to later play Chrissy Eriksson in the Swedish-American soap Ocean Ave. (2002). Swedish director Richard Hobert spotted her at the Simrishamn town market in 2011, which led to her starring in his film A One-way Trip to Antibes. She has also appeared in the horror film Drowning Ghost (2004) and the 2013 film VI alongside Gustaf Skarsgård.
In August 2012, it was announced Ferguson had been cast to play Elizabeth Woodville in the ten-part BBC historical television drama The White Queen (2013), based on Philippa Gregory's The Cousins' War novels about the women of the Wars of the Roses. Ferguson's performance in The White Queen was met with critical praise, and earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film.
In 2015, Ferguson played Ilsa Faust, the female lead in the fifth Mission: Impossible film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, for which she received critical acclaim. Tom Cruise handpicked Ferguson to star opposite him in the film after watching her in The White Queen. She reprised her role in the sixth Mission: Impossible film, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, in 2018. It is Ferguson's biggest commercial success to date. She played the dual roles of Katya and Lauren in the Cold War espionage thriller directed by Shamim Sarif, Despite the Falling Snow (2016), opposite Sam Reid and Charles Dance. For her performance in the film, she won the Best Actress award at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival. Later that same year, Ferguson appeared in Stephen Frears's Florence Foster Jenkins alongside Meryl Streep, and Tate Taylor's thriller book adaptation The Girl on the Train.
In 2017, Ferguson played the female lead in Daniel Espinosa's sci-fi horror Life, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, co-starred in Tomas Alfredson's crime thriller The Snowman, alongside Michael Fassbender and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and starred as Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind in the musical film The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams. In 2019, Ferguson had several major film roles, including co-starring in Doctor Sleep, the adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. She will play Lady Jessica in Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune, set for 2021.
In 2007, Ferguson gave birth to a son with her boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg. After her soap opera success and the birth of her son, she moved with her boyfriend to Simrishamn, on the Swedish southeast coast. The couple separated in April 2015.
In 2018, she announced her pregnancy and later that year gave birth to her daughter with her husband, Rory. In January 2019, she announced that she and Rory had recently married. She and her husband have a house in Richmond, southwest London, owing to its proximity to Pinewood and Shepperton studios.
|2010||Lennart||Home care personnel||Short film|
|A One-way Trip to Antibes||Maria|
|2015||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Ilsa Faust|
|2016||Despite the Falling Snow||Katya / Lauren|
|Florence Foster Jenkins||Kathleen Weatherley|
|The Girl on the Train||Anna Watson|
|2017||The Greatest Showman||Jenny Lind|
|The Snowman||Katrine Bratt|
|2018||Little Match Girl||Mother||Short film|
|Mission: Impossible – Fallout||Ilsa Faust|
|2019||Doctor Sleep||Rose the Hat|
|The Kid Who Would Be King||Morgana|
|Men in Black: International||Riza Stavros|
|2020||Cold Night||Jenny Sorensen||2008 film released in 2020|
|2022||Mission: Impossible 7||Ilsa Faust||Filming|
|1999–2000||Nya tider||Anna Gripenhielm||54 episodes|
|2002||Ocean Ave.||Chrissy Eriksson||Episode: "#1.5"|
|2008||Wallander||Louise Fredman||Episode: "Sidetracked"|
|2013||The Inspector and the Sea||Jasmine Larsson||Episode: "Der Wolf im Schafspelz"|
|The White Queen||Elizabeth Woodville||Main role (miniseries)|
|The Vatican||Olivia Borghese||Television film|
|2014||The Red Tent||Dinah||Main role (miniseries)|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Stockholm International Film Festival||Rising Star Award||A One-way Trip to Antibes||Nominated|||
|2013||Stockholm International Film Festival||Rising Star Award||VI||Nominated|||
|2014||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||The White Queen||Nominated|||
|2015||Hamptons International Film Festival||Breakthrough Performer||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Won|||
|2016||Buffalo International Film Festival||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Despite the Falling Snow||Won|||
|California Independent Film Festival||Best Actress||Despite the Falling Snow||Won|||
|Critics' Choice Awards||Best Actress in an Action Movie||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Nominated|||
|Empire Awards||Best Female Newcomer||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Nominated|||
|Online Film & Television Association||Best Breakthrough Performance: Female||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||Nominated|||
|Prague Independent Film Festival||Best Actress||Despite the Falling Snow||Won|||
|2019||Fright Meter Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Doctor Sleep||Won|||
|Seattle Film Critics Society||Villain of the Year||Doctor Sleep||Nominated|||
|Utah Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Doctor Sleep||Runner-up|||
|Women Film Critics Circle||Best Actress||Doctor Sleep||Nominated|||
|2020||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Doctor Sleep||Won|||
|2021||Saturn Awards||Best Actress||Doctor Sleep||Pending|||
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