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Alicia Amanda Vikander (born 3 October 1988) is a Swedish actress.

She earned international fame for her work in The Fifth Estate, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Danish Girl.

She's been married to Michael Fassbender since 2017. Their first child was born sometime in early 2021.


Vikander and her work provide examples of:

  • Creator Backlash: Although she didn't name any specific films, she stated in 2022 that she had some bad experiences filming sex scenes earlier in her career. While she doesn't mind filming such scenes per se, she stated that poor planning and lack of intimacy coordinators left her feeling uncomfortable and unsafe.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: She put on a good bit of muscle for Tomb Raider.
  • Fake Nationality: She has rarely been cast as her own nationality (Swedish) in films and TV shows made outside of her home country. Vikander has portrayed a Dane in The Danish Girl, a Russian in Anna Karenina, Germans in The Fifth Estate and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a Dutchwoman in Tulip Forever, a Frenchwoman in Burnt and an Australian in The Light Between Oceans.
    • Fake American: She's portrayed Americans in Seventh Son, Ex Machina and Seventh Son.
    • Fake Brit: She's also played Brits in Testament Of Youth, A Royal Affair (although in the latter she speaks Danish for most of it), Tomb Raider and The Green Knight. That said, Vikander did move with her family to the UK when she was 15.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: After a very successful breakout year, Vikander was built up as a major rising star, but has not yet replicated a similar level of success, though there's certainly time for this trope to be proven wrong.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has a propensity for getting naked on film.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Her Swedish accent slips out frequently as she plays American Heather Lee in Jason Bourne.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Vikander is naturally olive-skinned and dark-haired. She has claimed that she's had to aim for light skin as she doesn't fit the Hollywood image of a Scandinavian.
    Vogue: If there was any early obstacle, it may have been Alicia's coloring: She is not the ice sculpture that Hollywood often imagines for its Nordics. Again and again, she has been asked to wear long sleeves and SPF 100 in order to help the makeup department conjure the desired pallor. "Two years of films where I had to be white as a ghost," she says now, laughing. "But I'm a real Swede! In fact, Iím a quarter Finnish. Here I go, exploding stereotypes."
  • Reclusive Artist: Sheís one of the few prominent millennial actors to have no official social media accounts. She had a verified Instagram account for a month before deciding she didnít like it and deleted it. She had a baby in early 2021 and managed to hide her pregnancy for the most part.
  • Romance on the Set: With Michael Fassbender. They met and fell in love on the set of The Light Between Oceans, and they've since gotten married, with a son born 2021.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • She screen-tested for the role of Selina Kyle in The Batman before the casting of ZoŽ Kravitz.
    • She was set to co-produce and star in the film adaptation of The Marsh King's Daughter (2023), but later dropped out, with the role of Helena going to Daisy Ridley instead. Funnily enough, Ridley was reportedly considered for the role of Lara Croft before Vikander was cast.
    • A Tomb Raider sequel was in development for a March 2021 release date but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and her pregnancy. It was eventually scrapped all together the following spring when MGM lost the rights.