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[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 ...
Her father is Swedish. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is English and moved to Sweden when she was 25 years old. Her maternal grandmother is from Northern Ireland, and her maternal grandfather is Scottish. Rebecca took her mother's surname as her stage name. While Rebecca is sometimes said to be related to The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson
, Rebecca denied this in a 2015 Daily Mail interview.