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Alicia Vikander Bio
Alicia Vikander (born 3 October 1988) is a Swedish actress and dancer. Vikander began her career by appearing in Swedish short films and television series, most notably in the popular TV drama Andra Avenyn (2008–11). She made her feature film debut in the film Pure (2010), for which she won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. Vikander gained international attention when she appeared in the 2012 adaptation of Anna Karenina, co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated Danish film A Royal Affair (2012) and in the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate (2013).
In 2015, she gained public recognition for portraying Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth and an AI in Ex Machina, for which she has received a Golden Globe nomination. Vikander also portrayed painter Gerda Wegener in the The Danish Girl, receiving Golden Globe and SAG nominations.
Vikander began her career by appearing in a number of short films and television roles in her native Sweden. She became well known in Scandinavia for her role in the popular Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn (2008–2011).
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 her role as Katarina in Pure, Vikander won the Rising Star Award in 2010 at the Stockholm Film Festival, the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the prestigious Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. In 2011, she had the leading role of Fragancia Fernandez, who is arrested for attempted murder, opposite Bill Skarsgård 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 opposite Keira Knightley and Domhnall Gleeson. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and received positive reviews. That year, she also added Danish to her repertoire while co-starring as Queen Caroline Mathilde in the Nikolaj Arcel feature film A Royal Affair with Mads Mikkelsen. It had its world premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and was received with critical acclaim. The film was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.
Vikander was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival, was nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013, and was the recipient of the Editor’s Choice Award at the 2013 Elle Style Awards. In 2013, she starred as German Pirate Party member Anke Domscheit-Berg in The Fifth Estate opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Dan Stevens. The film opened the Toronto International Film Festival on 5 September 2013. The film garnered mixed critical reactions, however some critics praised the performances in the film. She also had the leading role of Erika in the Swedish film Hotell, for which she awarded the Marrakech International Film Festival Award for Best Actress by jury president, director Martin Scorsese.
In 2014, she appeared in the Australian crime thriller Son of a Gun (2014), with Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites. The film was released in Australia on 16 October 2014 and received mixed reviews, however, Vikander was praised for her performance.
In 2015, Vikander starred in six films. In her first film of the year, she had the leading role of iconic pacifist Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth alongside Kit Harington and Emily Watson. The film was released in wide distribution in the UK on 16 January 2015. Its world premiere was in The Centrepiece Gala at the British Film Institute London Film Festival in October 2014. Testament of Youth was well received upon its release, with critics praising Vikander’s performance in particular. For her role as Vera 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) with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore
Vikander gained public recognition for her starring role as Artificial intelligence Ava in Alex Garland‘s directorial debut Ex Machina, opposite Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. Vikander’s performance received a BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film nomination.
The Swedish documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015), which Vikander narrated, screened in the Cannes Classics section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival It follows the life of one of the greatest female stars in Hollywood history, Ingrid Bergman. Directed by Stig Björkman, the documentary received a special mention for L’Œil d’or. She also 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.
She appeared in the film Burnt (2015) with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. Vikander portrayed painter Gerda Wegener in Tom Hooper‘s The Danish Girl (2015). The film premiered at the 72nd Venice Film Festival and was released on 27 November 2015.
She will have the female leading roles in Tulip Fever (2016) directed by Justin Chadwick with Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz and in the upcoming adaption of the novel The Light Between Oceans (2016) directed by Derek Cianfrance with Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz. On 23 June 2015, it was confirmed by Deadline that Vikander will star in the upcoming fifth Bourne film (2016), directed by Paul Greengrass.