50 facts about Alicia Vikander: in 2011 she shot the role of Kitty in Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright

50 facts about Alicia Vikander, Swedish actress.

1. Her birth name is Alicia Amanda Vikander.

2. She was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden.

3. Alicia Amanda Vikander is known for her role in the Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn, as well as for co-starring in the 2012 adaptation of Anna Karenina.

4. She will play the role of Alice Deane in the forthcoming movie The Seventh Son.

5. Her mother is also an actress.

6. Her father Svante Vikander is a psychiatrist.

7. She has five siblings.

8. She appeared in several musicals like Les Miserables and The Sound of Music at the Gothenburg Opera.

9. Trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm Vikander.

10. Studied at the Royal Swedish Ballet School for nine years before abandoning her professional dance career in 2009 to pursue acting.

11. She had a role in the dance film The Rain.

12. She won the Rising Star Award in 2010 at the Stockholm Film Festival and a Guldbagge Award for Best Actress for her role as Katarina in the 2010 Pure movie.

13. Alicia's big-screen debut was in the Swedish drama Pure.

14. She played lead in the feature film Crown Jewels.

15. In 2011 she shot the role of Kitty in Anna Karenina directed by Joe Wright.

16. 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 and in the Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate.

17. In 2015, she gained public recognition for her starring roles in the films Testament of Youth, Ex Machina and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

18. Her parents are from small villages in the north and south of Sweden, respectively.

19. Her parents separated when Vikander was five months old.

20. She was mostly raised by her single mother.

21. While growing up, Vikander says she got the best of both worlds, 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.

22. Her ancestry is Swedish and one quarter Finnish.

23. At the age of 15, Vikander moved from Gothenburg to train at its upper school in Stockholm where she lived on her own, aiming to become a principal dancer.

24. At the age of 16, she almost left school to fully commit to the television series she worked on with director Tomas Alfredson, realizing her passion for acting.

25. Her dance career was sidelined by injuries in her late teens and she ended up auditioning for drama school but was turned down-twice.

26. At one point, Vikander got in to law school but she never went, following her dreams to become an actress.

27. She became well known in Scandinavia for her role in the popular Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn.

28. Vikander got critical acclaim for her feature film debut, playing the leading role of Katarina, in the Swedish film Pure. The film centers around the troubled secretary Katarina who desperately tries to escape her life.

29. 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.

30. In 2011, she had the leading role of Fragancia Fernandez, who is arrested for attempted murder, opposite Bill Skarsgård in The Crown Jewels.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. The film A Royal Affair where she starred was subsequently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.

34. Vikander was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival.

35. Was nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013.

36. Was the recipient of the Editor's Choice Award at the 2013 Elle Style Awards.

37. 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 September 5, 2013.

38. 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.

39. In 2014, she appeared in the Australian crime thriller Son of a Gun, 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.

40. In 2015, Vikander will star in eight films.

41. In her first film of the year 2015, 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.

42. For her role as Vera Brittain, Vikander was nominated for BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film.

43. She also played the role of half-human/half-witch Alice Deane in the fantasy film Seventh Son with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

44. Vikander starred as the Artificial intelligence Ava in Alex Garland's directorial debut Ex Machina, opposite Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. Vikander's performance was nominated for Best Actress at the 2015 Empire Awards.

45. The Swedish documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, 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.

46. 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.

47. Vikander portrayed painter Gerda Wegener in Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl. The film premiered at the 72nd Venice Film Festival and is scheduled for a 27 November 2015 release.

48. On 23 June 2015, it was confirmed by Deadline that Vikander will star in the upcoming film Bourne 5, directed by Paul Greengrass.

49. As of 2015, Vikander lives in London.

50. She is in a relationship with her The Light Between Oceans co-star Michael Fassbender since they met in 2014 .


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