Rebecca Ferguson

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Rebecca Ferguson
Rebecca Ferguson.jpg
Ferguson at the premiere of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in 2015
Born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström
(1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 32)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish and British
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 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 role as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).

Early life[edit]

Ferguson grew up in the Vasastan district in central Stockholm. Her mother, Rosemary, is British, and moved to Sweden from the United Kingdom at the age of 25.[3]

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

Ferguson attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm and graduated in 1999.[4]

After her soap opera success and the birth of her son, she moved with her boyfriend to Simrishamn, on the Swedish south coast. She currently runs an Argentine dance studio, while she continues her work on several short art film projects.[5]


She came into prominence with her breakout role of 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.[6] She has also appeared in the horror film Strandvaskaren and the 2012 film Vi alongside Gustaf Skarsgård.[7][8]

In August 2012, it was announced Ferguson had been cast to play Elizabeth Woodville in the ten-part BBC historical drama The White Queen,[9] based on Philippa Gregory's The Cousins' War novels about the women of the Wars of the Roses.[10] Ferguson's work in The White Queen has been met with praise,[11] winning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.

In 2015, Ferguson played the female lead, Ilsa Faust,[12][13] in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.[14][15] She will reprise her role in the sixth Mission: Impossible film.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Ferguson gave birth to a son, Isac, with former boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg.[17]



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 Post-production
Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Kathleen
The Girl on the Train 2016 Anna Filming
The Snowman 2017 Katrine Bratt 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[18] Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The White Queen Nominated
2015 Hamptons International Film Festival[19] Breakthrough Performer N/A Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[20] Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Nominated


  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. ^ Rebecca: 'I'm a commoner who becomes the White Queen' | News | TV News | What's on TV
  4. ^ "Citroën DS Rising Star nominerade 2013". Stockholm Film Festival. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Det är kul att spela någon som är elak hela filmen igenom". DN.SE. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  6. ^ Rebecca Ferguson och Tara fixar hårsvallen! (2011-09-27). "Rebecca Ferguson hälsade på! - P3 Populär". Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Rebecca Ferguson". Actors in Scandinavia. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Skarsgård jobbar helt naken – gratis | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Starz Orders Historical Drama Based on Philippa Gregory's 'Cousins of War' Book Trilogy". Hollywood Reporter. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Media Centre - The White Queen, a new ten-part drama for BBC One". BBC. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  11. ^ "5 reasons to watch The White Queen". Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Meet Rebecca Ferguson, the Scene-Stealing Star of Mission Impossible". TIME. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "After ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Rebecca Ferguson’s Impossible Calm Amid a Whirlwind Mission". The New York Times. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike. "'Mission: Impossible 5' Female Lead Goes To Rebecca Ferguson". Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  15. ^ "Meet Rebecca Ferguson, the beautiful scene-stealer in Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation". Entertainment Weekly. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Friedman, Roger (December 8, 2015). "Mission Accomplished: Rebecca Ferguson First Tom Cruise Leading Lady Doing a Second “M:I”". Showbiz 411. 
  17. ^ "Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson 5 facts including boyfriend and Mission Impossible 5". 8 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Golden Globes 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners". Los Angeles Times. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Variety and Hamptons International Film Festival Host 10 Actors to Watch Brunch". Variety. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  20. ^ 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. 

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