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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 October 1988Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Birth NameAlicia Amanda Vikander
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress, dancer and producer. She was born and raised in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Maria Fahl-Vikander, an actress of stage and screen, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. She is of Swedish and one quarter Finnish descent. Alicia began acting as a child in minor stage productions at The Göteborg Opera, and trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, and the School of American Ballet in New York. She began her professional acting career by appearing in Swedish short films and television series, and first gained recognition in Northern Europe for her role as Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt in the TV drama Second Avenue (2007). Vikander made her feature film debut in Pure (2009), for which she won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. She attracted widespread recognition in 2012 for portraying Princess Ekaterina "Kitty" Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya in Joe Wright's film adaptation of Anna Karenina (2012), and Queen Caroline Mathilde in the acclaimed Danish film A Royal Affair (2012), receiving a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination for her breakthrough. She went on to star in the 2013 Swedish drama film Hotel (2013)and appeared in the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate (2013) that same year. In 2014 and 2015, Vikander achieved global recognition and acclaim for her roles as activist Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth (2014), an AI in Ex Machina (2015)_, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, and painter Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl (2015), for which she received the Academy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: doctoracula-32567

Trade Mark (1)

Natural olive skin

Trivia (35)

2011: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
One of six children.
Got the part of Kitty in Anna Karenina (2012) after Saoirse Ronan turned it down, while she got the part of Alice in Seventh Son (2014) after Jennifer Lawrence backed out of the production.
Portrayed a humanoid robot in Ex Machina (2015) and a half-human/half-witch in Seventh Son (2014).
A trained ballet dancer. She studied ballet at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, but decided to pursue acting instead of ballet, following few injuries and subsequent foot and back surgeries.
One of her favorite experiences from the production of Anna Karenina (2012) was the filming that took place in the countryside outside of St. Petersburg, Russia. The temperatures dipped to -40 °C, and she stayed in a cabin for five days that didn't have hot water and only had benches instead of beds. Russian security guards protected her and co-star Domhnall Gleeson from wild wolves and bears that dominated the deserted area.
The directors she dreams to work with are Lars von Trier, Terrence Malick and Quentin Tarantino.
Daughter of stage actress Maria Fahl-Vikander and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist.
Was chosen for her part in A Royal Affair (2012), following a long casting process where the casting directors were unable to find a fitting actress for the role of Queen Caroline Mathilde. In fact, the search gave so few results that the production almost was stalled. However, when they discovered Vikander she didn't speak the language that she was required to, but she was still considered to be perfect for the part. The crew made her go through an intense language lessons throughout two months. She succeed in the mastering the language and because of that, the production was back on track.
Before she mastered the Danish language she had to use in A Royal Affair (2012), she was able to practice all of her lines, since they had been recorded on her Iphone by one of her mother's friend.
Raised in Göteborg, Sweden.
One of two dancers/actresses to play artificial life forms. Summer Glau was a Prima Ballerina who played a cyborg in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Alicia was also a ballerina who played an android in Ex-Machina.
Dropped out of both Assassin's Creed (2016) and The Circle (2017) to do Jason Bourne (2016) instead. She was replaced by Ariane Labed in Assassin's Creed and by Emma Watson in The Circle.
Has appeared in two period pieces set in Denmark, the neighbor country of her native Sweden, A Royal Affair (2012) and The Danish Girl (2015).
Auditioned for the part of Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). She worked on her English and made tapes of herself playing different characters, hoping to land a part in an American movie, the tapes were sent to casting directors in the U.K. After meeting with the casting directors, she was en route to the airport when she received the call she had been waiting for: executives at Universal wanted to send her to Los Angeles to screen-test for the part of Snow White. "I was on the phone crying at a Starbucks," Vikander recalled. "People thought I was having a breakup with my boyfriend! I said, 'No, it's good news! I'm going to have a career!'". Vikander didn't get the part, it went to Kristen Stewart.
Her favorite actresses are Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert and Jennifer Lawrence.
Auditioned for the role of Cinderella in Cinderella (2015). Lily James was cast instead.
Signed as the new face of Louis Vuitton in February 2015.
Appeared in the Swedish musical Kristina From Duvemala, written by former ABBA member Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, for three years during the show's original run.
Is one of six Swedish actors to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others are Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Ann-Margret, Lena Olin and Max von Sydow.
Shared the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's 2016 Hollywood issue with, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong'o, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and Saoirse Ronan. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
Was the 145th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Danish Girl (2015) at The 88th Annual Academy Awards (2016).
Her maternal grandmother, Solveig Waldemarsdotter, was Finnish, and came to Sweden in the early 1940s. Alicia's other grandparents were Swedish.
Revealed to The New York Times on February 9, 2016, that the filmmakers of The Danish Girl (2015) were obsessed with the fact that she didn't look Scandinavian and paled her skin, to make her lighter. "People say that I'm tanned, but that's my natural color", Vikander told. The real Gerda Wegener was a natural blonde and blue-eyed Danish woman with pale skin, while Vikander is a natural brunette with brown eyes and olive skin. Besides lightening her skin, Vikander also had to wear blonde wigs that didn't suit her skin tone in the film.
Her Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, instead of Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Danish Girl (2015), was seen by many as a critical category fraud, as her character, Gerda, has more screen time and more dialogue than Eddie Redmayne's character, Einar/Lili. Vikander has 73 minutes of screen time, 61.7% of the movie's length. Distributor Focus Features decided to campaign for Vikander as supporting actress because they thought it would increase her chances of winning.
Is the first Swede to win an Academy Award since Ingrid Bergman in 1975.
Dislikes talking about her private life but in an interview with the Daily Telegraph published in August 2015 she confirmed that she and the actor Michael Fassbender are a couple - she often talks about her boyfriend in interviews for fashion magazines. They met while filming The Light Between Oceans in 2014.
Director Tom Hooper delayed production of The Danish Girl until after Alicia finished filming The Light Between Oceans to secure her for the role of Gerda.
In 2011 she made her home in London. After renting in Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Hackney she bought an apartment in North West London in 2013 and loves the old culture of Great Britain "the opera, high tea, getting in a black cab".
During the showreel of The Weinstein Company's upcoming slate of films at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, producer Harvey Weinstein told journalists that he was so enamored of Vikander that he asked her to play a part in Burnt (2015) (her part didn't exist in the script). Weinstein also stated that Vikander will have a brilliant future in Hollywood's biggest league. Vikander had previously starred in another upcoming Weinstein Company film, Tulip Fever (2017).
Was named "The Thinking-man's Blake Lively" by The New York Times in 2015.
Filming "The Light Between Oceans" she met her current boyfriend, Michael Fassbender, who plays her husband in the movie.
The second Academy Award winner to portrayed Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2018). The first one was Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)_.
Beat out her Tulip Fever (2017) co-star Cara Delevingne for the role of Lara in Tomb Raider (2018).
Likes to take walks on the beach.

Personal Quotes (8)

I'd love to continue to work in Europe and the US. What I'm looking for is the right film and if that's a big studio film, or a tiny film being shot in a few days in Europe, that's not what I'm thinking about - it's about the project and who I'm going to do it with.
It's almost a kick that I'm looking for. I like to push myself, find new sides of myself and see how different the characters are that I can create with my craft.
[on being a brown-eyed, brown-haired, olive-skinned Swede] I always get that question - where are your parents really from? Do you know where your dad's from? [My parents] are both from very small villages, from up north and south of Sweden. I'm [also] a quarter Finnish, but that doesn't really make me much darker.
I think I'm a big romantic, so being part of those stories, that's such a big part of anyone's life in general, that's such a humane thing.
Both my mom and my dad have always included me in intelligent conversations about people, about characters, about how people work. My dad and my mom still read all scripts that I find interesting.
[W Magazine - March 2015] Next year, the Oscars will be interesting. If all goes well, I'm going to have three films in contention. I've had many years of working a lot without being in the public eye. And that's been good. But by this time next year, I think things are going to change. I expect to be busy. I'm ready to be a bit more known.
[on photographs of her private moments with her friends and boyfriend] It was a shock to meet up with friends, then days later see a picture of you all, sitting outside a café, splashed across the media. You realize that someone was there, watching, while you were having a coffee with your friends. And you just feel violated.
[The New York Times - February 9, 2016] During production of The Danish Girl (2015), the filmmakers were obsessed with me not looking Scandinavian and I was like, 'I'm the only Scandinavian in the whole film.' They paled my skin, to make me lighter. People say that I'm tanned, but that's my natural color.

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