Alicia Vikander

Alicia Amanda Vikander (/vɪˈkændər/,[1] Swedish: [aˈliːsɪa vɪˈkanːdɛr] (listen); born 3 October 1988) is a Swedish actress. Born and raised in Gothenburg, Vikander began acting as a child in minor stage productions at the Gothenburg opera house and trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in New York.

Alicia Vikander
Alicia Amanda Vikander

(1988-10-03) 3 October 1988
Gothenburg, Sweden
Alma mater
Years active2002–present
AwardsFull list

She began her professional acting career by appearing in Swedish short films and television series and first gained recognition for her role as Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt in the drama series Andra Avenyn (2008–2010). Vikander made her feature film debut in Pure (2010), for which she won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. She gained wider recognition in 2012 for playing Kitty in Joe Wright's adaptation of Anna Karenina and Queen Caroline Mathilde in the Danish film A Royal Affair.

Vikander achieved global recognition for her roles as activist Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth (2014), a humanoid robot in Ex Machina (2014), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and painter Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl (2015), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2016, Vikander was listed by Forbes in its 30 Under 30 list. She has since held a supporting role in the action film Jason Bourne (2016) and starred as Lara Croft in the adventure film Tomb Raider (2018).

Early life

Vikander was born in Gothenburg,[2] the daughter of Maria Fahl Vikander, a stage actress, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. Her parents are from small villages in the north and south of Sweden, respectively.[3] They separated when Vikander was two months old,[4][5][6] and she was mostly raised by her single mother. She has five half-siblings[7] on her father's side. Vikander has said that she had the best of both worlds growing up, being an only child to her mother and being surrounded by a big family when she went to her father's house every second week.[8] Her ancestry is Swedish and one quarter Finnish.[3]

Vikander started her career as an actor at the age of seven, starring in a production of Kristina från Duvemåla at The Göteborg Opera, which was written by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson from ABBA, performing in the play for three-and-a-half years.[6] She appeared in several musicals at the Opera, such as The Sound of Music and Les Misérables. In 1997 she participated in the TV4 kids' singing show Småstjärnorna; she performed the Helen Sjöholms song, "Du måste finnas".[9] She won her episode with praise by the judges for her stage presence.[10]

Vikander trained in ballet from the age of nine with the Svenska Balettskolan i Göteborg (1998–2004). At the age of 15, Vikander moved from Gothenburg to train at the ballet's upper school in Stockholm and she lived on her own, working to become a principal dancer.[8] She travelled around the world for summer courses, training one summer at the School of American Ballet in New York City.[11]

At the age of 16, she almost left school to commit fully to the television series she worked on with director Tomas Alfredson, realizing her passion for acting.[11] Her dance career was sidelined by injuries in her late teens.[12] She auditioned for drama school but was turned down twice.[13] At one point, Vikander was admitted to law school but she never attended, following her dreams to become an actress instead.[14]


Early career

Vikander began her career by appearing in a number of short films and television roles in her native Sweden.[15] She later appeared in Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn from 2008 to 2010.[9]


Vikander received critical acclaim for her feature film debut, playing the leading role of Katarina in the Swedish film Pure (2010). The film centers around the troubled secretary Katarina, who desperately tries to escape her life. With this role, Vikander won the Rising Star Award in 2010 at the Stockholm International Film Festival,[16] the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival[17] and the prestigious Guldbagge Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[18] She became represented by Tavistock Wood management in the UK, and shortly afterwards she also signed with United Talent Agency in the US.[19] In 2011, she had the leading role of Fragancia Fernandez, who is arrested for attempted murder, in The Crown Jewels. In 2012, Vikander gained international attention for playing the key role of Kitty in the English-language film adaptation of Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and received positive reviews.[20]

That year, she added Danish to her repertoire while co-starring as Queen Caroline Mathilde in the Nikolaj Arcel feature film A Royal Affair. It had its world premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and was received with critical acclaim.[21] The film was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.[2][22]

Vikander was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival,[23] was nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013,[24] and received the Editor's Choice Award at the 2013 Elle Style Awards.[25]

In 2013, she starred as German Pirate Party member Anke Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate.[26] The film opened the Toronto International Film Festival on 5 September 2013.[27] The film garnered mixed critical reactions;[28] however, some critics praised the performances in the film.[29] She also had the leading role of Erika in the Swedish film Hotell, for which she was awarded the Marrakech International Film Festival Award for Best Actress by jury president, director Martin Scorsese.[30]

In 2014, she appeared in the Australian crime thriller Son of a Gun.[31] The film was released in Australia on 16 October 2014 and received mixed reviews;[32] however, Vikander was praised for her performance.[33]


In 2015, Vikander had substantial roles in eight films.[34] She was praised by critics for her portrayal of painter Gerda Wegener in Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the second Swedish actress to win this award;[35] the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress; and received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role but lost both awards to Brie Larson for her role in Room.[36][37][38][39][40]

She gained public recognition and critical acclaim for her starring role as Artificial intelligence Ava[41] in Alex Garland's directorial debut Ex Machina, for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2016, Vikander was listed by Forbes in its 30 Under 30 list.[42]

She had the leading role of pacifist Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth alongside Kit Harington and Emily Watson. Testament of Youth was well received upon its release, with critics praising Vikander's performance in particular.[43][44] For her role as Brittain, Vikander was nominated for BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film. She also played the role of half-human/half-witch Alice Deane in the fantasy film Seventh Son (2015),[45] narrated the Swedish documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015), had the female leading role in the Guy Ritchie-directed action film The Man from U.N.C.L.E., based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name; and appeared in the film Burnt (2015).[46]

On 6 May 2016, it was announced that Vikander set up a production company called Vikarious along with her agent Charles Collier. The company's first film, Euphoria, a production with Sweden's B-Reel Films, began shooting in the German Alps in August 2016. The film is the English-language directorial debut of Swedish writer/director Lisa Langseth, and was Langseth and Vikander's third collaboration. Vikander starred opposite Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling as sisters in conflict travelling through Europe toward a mystery destination.[47][48] Euphoria received its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2017.

In 2016, Vikander starred opposite Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, directed by Paul Greengrass. It was released on 29 July 2016 by Universal Pictures.[49][50] Vikander then appeared in the adaptation of the novel The Light Between Oceans (2016), directed by Derek Cianfrance, with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz. The film was released in the United States by Touchstone Pictures on 2 September 2016.[51][52]

Vikander portrayed Lara Croft in the action reboot film Tomb Raider, which was released on 16 March 2018.[53][54]

Personal life

Vikander previously lived in North London.[55][56][57] In late 2014, she began a relationship with actor Michael Fassbender;[58][59] they made their first public appearance together at the 2016 Golden Globes, where Vikander was nominated twice—for her roles in The Danish Girl (2015) and Ex Machina (2015).[60] The couple met on the film set of The Light Between Oceans (2016), which was filmed in Australia and New Zealand.[61][62] They wed on 14 October 2017, in a private ceremony in Ibiza, Spain.[63] As of 2017, the couple have resided in Lisbon, Portugal.[64][65][66]

Vikander identifies as a feminist, and has denounced gender inequality in film:

I'd just made five films in a row, and [Tulip Fever] was the first one where I had a scene with another woman...There's a change happening, and I want to be part of that. You see something like The Hunger Games or Insurgent proving that a female role can carry a successful blockbuster.[67]

On 10 November 2017, Vikander was one of 584 women who have called for the Swedish film and theatre industries to address what they claim is a culture of sexual misconduct.[68] She added her signature to an open letter published in Swedish paper Svenska Dagbladet.[69][70] The letter contains numerous accounts of sexual harassment, assault and rape suffered by women in the Swedish industry, all recounted anonymously. According to a translation of the letter published by English-language Swedish publication The Local, the signatories vowed that they will "no longer be silent". Following the letter's publication, Swedish press reported that culture minister Alice Bah Kuhnke called a meeting of the heads of Sweden's National Theatre Company, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, and the Royal Swedish Opera.[71]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Standing Outside Doors Alicia Short film
2007 The Rain Dancer Short film
Darkness of Truth Sandra Svensson Short film
2008 My Name is Love Fredrika Short film
2009 Susan's Longing Girl in Apartment Short film
2010 Pure Katarina
2011 The Crown Jewels Fragancia Fernandez
Jeu de chiennes Alicia Short film
2012 A Royal Affair Caroline Matilda of Great Britain
Anna Karenina Kitty
2013 The Fifth Estate Anke Domscheit-Berg
Hotell Erika
2014 Son of a Gun Tasha
Seventh Son Alice Deane
2015 Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
Ex Machina Ava
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Ingrid Bergman (voice) Documentary film
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Gaby Teller
The Danish Girl Gerda Wegener
Burnt Anne Marie
The Magic Diner Herself Short film
2016 Jason Bourne Heather Lee
The Light Between Oceans Isabel Graysmark Sherbourne
2017 Birds Like Us Huppu (voice) Animated film
Tulip Fever Sophia Sandvoort
Euphoria Ines Also producer
Submergence Danielle Flinders
Moomins and the Winter Wonderland Little My / Sorry-oo (voice) Animated film
2018 The Magic Diner Pt.II Herself Short film
Tomb Raider Lara Croft
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Narrator (voice) Documentary film
2019 I Am Easy to Find Short film
Earthquake Bird Lucy Fly
2020 The Glorias Young Gloria Steinem Post-production
Born to Be Murdered Post-production
Green Knight Post-production
TBA Blue Bayou Kathy Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Min balsamerade mor Ebba Du Rietz Television film
2003 The Befallen Drabbad Mörker Episode: "Slutet"
2005 En decemberdröm Tony 13 episodes
2007 Levande föda Linda 3 episodes
2007–08 Andra Avenyn Jossan Tegebrandt Björn 39 episodes
2008 Höök Katarina 2 episodes
2018 Imagine Narrator (voice) Episode: "Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words"
2019 One Red Nose Day and a Wedding Faith Short television film
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Mira (voice) Episode: "End. Begin. All the Same."

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Awards and nominations

See also


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