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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 19 October 1983Sweden
Birth NameRebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rebecca Ferguson was born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in its Vasastaden district. Her father is Swedish, and her mother, Rosemary, is British, and moved to Sweden from England at the age of 25. Rebecca attended an English-speaking school in Sweden and was raised bilingual, speaking Swedish and English. As a student, she attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm and graduated in 1999.

She came into prominence with her breakout role of upper-class girl Anna Gripenhielm in the soap-opera Nya tider (1999), when she was 16 years old.

She lives in the seaside town of Simrishamn, on the Swedish south coast. Ferguson has said she wanted to get away from city life and the public spotlight following her soap opera success. Swedish director Richard Hobert, spotted her at the town market in 2011, which led to her starring in his film En enkel till Antibes (2011).

Ferguson taught Argentinian Tango at a dance company in Sweden for a few years.

In 2013, Rebecca played Queen Elizabeth Woodville in the BBC historical drama The White Queen (2013), for which she got a Golden Globe nomination.

In 2015, Ferguson played Ilsa Faust, the female lead in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015). Her co-star, Tom Cruise, chose her for the film after having seen her in the mini-series The White Queen (2013). Her performance in the movie was highly praised and Rebecca will reprise her role in the sixth Mission: Impossible film.

Her upcoming projects are Despite the Falling Snow (2016), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), The Girl on the Train (2016) and The Snowman (2017).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Polly_Kat

Trivia (20)

She has three siblings.
Her parents are divorced.
Her father is Swedish. Her mother, Rosemary, is English and moved to Sweden when she was 25 years old. While Rebecca is sometimes said to be related to The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, she denied this in a 2015 Daily Mail interview.
She graduated from music school, Adolf Fredriks Musikskola in the spring of 1999.
Has a son, Isac (born in 2007), with her ex-boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg. The couple separated in April 2015.
Has danced from a very early age; ballet, tap-dancing, jazz/show and street funk to Argentinean Tango. Her interest in tango has led to her being asked to help teach beginner courses in Lund, Sweden.
First Swedish actress to be nominated for a Golden Globe award in 15 years since Ann-Margret in 1999. And the fifth Swedish actress to be nominated for a Golden Globe overall, the others are Ingrid Bergman, Anita Ekberg, Lena Olin and Ann-Margret, respectively.
From the age of 13, she worked as a model in magazines, for television/cinema commercials and different brand names (make-up, clothes, jewellery), etc.
Did her own stunts in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015). She went under vigorous fitness and stunt training, consisting of 6-weeks of 6 hours-a-day training schedule, including Pilates, fight choreography and stunt practice.
Tom Cruise chose her for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) after having seen her in the mini-series The White Queen (2013).
Is often compared to fellow Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman due to their striking resemblance. Her character in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) is named Ilsa, just like Bergman's character in Casablanca (1942). One of Rebecca's scenes in "Rogue Nation" was set in Casablanca. Her co-star's Tom Cruise's first celebrity crush was Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946).
She is claustrophobic and suffers from vertigo.
Ranked #1 on IMDb STARmeter for three consecutive weeks - from August 10, 2015 to August 30, 2015.
Was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch" in 2015.
Ranked #7 on IMDb's "Top Stars of 2015".
Her mother helped to translate ABBA's 'Waterloo' from Swedish to English and was also the woman sitting cross-legged on a chair on the album's cover.
Attended an English-speaking school in Sweden and was raised bilingual, speaking Swedish and English.
The actresses who inspire her are Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren.
Was considered for the lead role in Alien: Covenant (2017).

Personal Quotes (8)

[on her inspiration to play Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)] I looked at Ingrid Bergman a lot. There's a gracefulness there that I wanted to bring in. Mission is fast and action-packed and intense and modern, so to be able to balance that with the input of something classic-it's a beautiful mixture.
[on doing her own stunts in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)] Jumping off a rooftop is one thing, but having your legs wrapped around Tom Cruise makes it a bit easier.
I need challenging roles. I look forward to reading a script where I call my agent and go, 'What the f**k are you thinking? Of course I can't do this!' I'd like to be uncomfortable and challenge that.
I've been very lucky to have strong women characters to play.
[on if she feels Swedish] I do. And I feel English as well which is why I like the combination when I can do an English film and speak a bit of Swedish. It's a mish-mash. My mum's English and my father's Swedish. But I feel sort of French when I'm in France even though I have no connection to it! I think I remind myself of Ilsa [her character in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)] in that because I adapt and I think that's the world we live in as well - doors are more open now thank God.
[on when she heard about the job in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)] I was on a camel! In the desert. In Ouarzazat [Morocco]. Filming The Red Tent (2014) for Lifetime. I had just popped over to London to meet Tom Cruise to see if the chemistry worked and 12 hours later I'm back on the camel, wrapping up production and I got a phone call. They say: 'You've got the next lead!' So I'll be back in Ouarzazat but on a motorbike! And there I was a month later.
At an early age, singing was something I found fun, but I never saw myself as a singer. My mother was in the avant-garde of cultural life in Sweden. She actually helped to translate ABBA's 'Waterloo' from Swedish to English. Remember the woman sitting cross-legged on a chair on the album's cover? That was my mom with the band-and they were wearing her clothes. How cool is that? And she didn't save any of it.
[on what inspired her to become an actress] I wasn't brought up in the acting world-my father is a lawyer. But as a teenager, I had the opportunity to audition for this television series: a daytime soap opera. And I got the lead part. I had just finished ninth grade in school, so I skipped what we called gymnasium and started working instead. And realized that this is a life I can see myself living.

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