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Alicia Vikander

One of the most promising actors of her generations, Alicia Vikander has been a talent to watch in cinema over the past five years, gaining international recognition. She was named one of the Shooting Stars, representing her native Sweden, for the 2011 Berlin Film Festival; and was named the Rising Star at the 2010 Stockholm Film Festival. These honors followed her breakthrough performance in Lisa Langseth’s Pure, which brought her a Guldbagge Award (Sweden’s official film award, given annually since 1964 by the Swedish Film Institute), also known as the Golden Bug Award, for Best Actress. Ms. Vikander’s earlier acting credits included short films, miniseries, and television series. Following Pure, she starred in Ella Lemhagen’s The Crown Jewels, opposite another Shooting Star honoree, Bill Skarsgård, and Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair,with Mads Mikkelsen.  

Director Joe Wright then cast her in his bold theatrical vision of Anna Karenina, also for Working Title Films. Playing opposite Domhnall Gleeson, Ms. Vikander’s portrayal of Kitty brought her a nomination for the BAFTAs’ EE Rising Star Award; an Empire Award nomination for Best Female Newcomer; and a place on the Variety/Hamptons International Film Festival “10 Actors to Watch” roster. Her recent films have been notable for the range of her characterizations. She reteamed with Domhnall Gleeson to incarnate the next frontier of female artificial intelligence in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, which generated box office and critical attention in both the U.S. and the U.K., and which earned her an Empire Award nomination for Best Actress. She took on the role of real-life antiwar activist and author Vera Brittain in James Kent's WWI-set Testament of Youth, and was a British Independent Film Award nominee fot Best Actress. 
 
Audiences have also seen her in Guy Ritchie's 1960s espionage adventure The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Bill Condon's Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate, Sergei Bodrov's fantasy The Seventh Son, Julius Avery's crime tale Son of a Gun and contemporary Swedish drama Hotell which won her the Best Actress prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival. Her upcoming movies include Derek Cianfrance's drama The Light Between Oceans opposite Michael Fassbender; Juntin Chadwick's 17th Century-set romance Tulip Fever with Jack O'Connell and Dane DeHann. Also Paul Greengrass' new action thriller, opposite Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. 
 
She recently co-starred in The Danish Girl with Eddie Redmayne, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.