Famous Swedish Film & Theater Personalities

Find out more about the greatest Swedish Film & Theater Personalities, including Alicia Vikander, Dolph Lundgren, Stellan Skarsgård, Max von Sydow and Rebecca Ferguson.

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 1 Alexander Skarsgård

Alexander Skarsgård
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander Skarsgård is a Swedish actor best known for his portarayal of Perry Wright in the American drama television series Big Little Lies, which earned him a Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics' Choice Television Award. Alexander Skarsgård has also played important roles in popular films like Zoolander and Godzilla vs. Kong.

 2 Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Rebecca Ferguson achieved international recognition after playing Elizabeth Woodville in the TV miniseries, The White Queen. Her performance in the miniseries was so impressive that Tom Cruise handpicked her to star in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation after watching her portray Elizabeth Woodville. Thanks to her impressive stunts, she was chosen to reprise her role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

 3 Bill Skarsgard

Bill Skarsgard
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vällingby, Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård is best known for portraying Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the supernatural horror film It. Even though he has acted in a few comedy films, he prefers roles in horror films. The son of actor Stellan Skarsgård, he was introduced to acting at a young age and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.

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 4 Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

One of the most decorated and popular Swedish actors of all time, Stellan Skarsgård has made quite an impact in Hollywood. Skarsgård is also known for his interesting take on religion. A non-religious artist, he condemns the Bible and the Quran as violent. In 2009, he joined other non-religious personalities in writing an article explaining the importance of secularity.

 5 Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman
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Famous As: Actresses
Birthdate: August 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 29, 1982

One of the greatest Swedish actresses ever, Ingrid Bergman is the only Triple Crown winner with three Academy Awards under her belt. Such is her impact that her character Ilsa Lund, which she portrayed in Casablanca, inspired the character of Ilsa Faust in the Mission Impossible franchise. An actress with a deep sense of freedom, Bergman voiced her views against racial segregation.

 6 Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Alicia Vikander is one of the most successful and popular actresses from Sweden. A trained ballet dancer, she has won prestigious awards, such as the Academy Award. Vikander, who identifies as a feminist, fights against sexual harassment, rape, and assault suffered by women in the Swedish film and theatre industries.
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 7 Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Spånga, Sweden

Swedish actor, Dolph Lundgre,n is mainly known as an action hero. He gained recognition with the 1985 Hollywood film Rocky IV and then went on to do many action and thriller movies like Joshua Tree, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Bridge of Dragons, Universal Soldier, Diamond Dogs and The Expendables. He has also directed several films like Missionary Man and Icarus.

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 8 Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valsjöbyn, Sweden

Swedish-American actress and singer Ann-Margret was initially described as a female version of Elvis Presley due to her vibrant contralto voice. The winner of five Golden Globe Awards, Ann-Margret had a major impact as an actress throughout the 1960s. Her affair with Elvis Presley was depicted in the 2005 miniseries Elvis in which she is portrayed by Rose McGowan.

 9 Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Malin Akerman is a Swedish-American model, actress, singer, and producer. She is known for playing important roles in such films like The Heartbreak Kid and Watchmen in which her nude scenes garnered much attention. She also works closely with a nonprofit organization called Opportunity International.

 10 Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 15, 1990

Iconic Swedish-American movie star Greta Garbo is remembered for her melancholic characters. She soared to fame with silent movies such as A Woman of Affairs and talkies such as Mata Hari and Anna Karenina. The three-time Academy Award nominee quit films at 35 and lived a private life.

 11 Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hudiksvall, Sweden

Noomi Rapace is one of the Swedish actresses to have achieved international recognition, thanks to her performance in the film adaptations of the novel series Millennium. Her popularity increased when she played Simza Heron, her first English-speaking role, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In 2014, she became the subject of a film titled A Portrait of Noomi Rapace.

 12 Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Joel Kinnaman is an actor who holds Swedish and American citizenships. He has played important roles in popular films like RoboCop and Suicide Squad. He has also been a household name in the United States for many years with portrayals of prominent roles in TV series like House of Cards.

 13 Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman
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Famous As: Director & Actor
Birthdate: July 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: July 30, 2007

Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and accomplished filmmakers of all time, Ingmar Bergman continues to serve as an inspiration for filmmakers like Woody Allen. His work has also influenced other prominent directors like Martin Scorsese, Thomas Vinterberg, and Richard Ayoade.

 14 Gustaf Skarsgard

Gustaf Skarsgard
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Gustaf Skarsgard is a Swedish actor best known for his association with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm where he has performed in many of Shakespeare’s, Söderberg’s and Chekhov's works. The son of popular actor Stellan Skarsgård, Gustaf has also played important roles in popular films like Evil, The Way Back, and Kon-Tiki.

 15 Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden
Actor, musician, and theater director Peter Stormare is best known as John Abruzzi from Prison Break. He has also appeared in films such as Minority Report, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Fargo. He is also a skilled voice actor who has appeared in video games such as Destiny.

 16 Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lund, Sweden
Died: March 8, 2020

Max von Sydow was a Swedish actor and director. In an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Max contributed immensely to American and European cinema, theatre, and television. He appeared in 11 of Ingmar Bergman's films, including The Seventh Seal, which houses the iconic scene where Max's character challenges the personification of Death to a game of chess.

 17 Max Martin

Max Martin
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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

Record producer and songwriter Karl Martin Sandberg, better known as Max Martin, has created many 90s’ masterpieces such as Baby One More Time by Britney Spears and I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys. He is also an 11-time winner of the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award.

 18 Britt Ekland

Britt Ekland
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Famous As: Actress whose major films include 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun and 1967's The Double Man
Birthdate: October 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Britt Ekland is a Swedish actress, singer, and model. One of the leading actresses in Sweden during the 1960s and 1970s, Ekland also established herself as a sex symbol and achieved international prominence when she appeared as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun. Britt Ekland was also one of the most photographed actresses during the 1970s.

 19 Valter Skarsgård

Valter Skarsgård
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sweden
Swedish actor Valter Skarsgård, son of iconic actor Stellan Skarsgard, is known for films such as Portkod 1321 and Black Lake. Fans loved him as Jon in the Arn movie franchise and TV series. He also live-streams video games such as Rainbow Six: Siege and Rocket League on Twitch.

 20 Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prostějov, Czechoslovakia

Model, actress, and author, Paulina Porizkova, became the first woman from Central Europe to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984. She began modeling as a teenager and became a top model in Paris during the early 1980s. She eventually began acting as well. Also a writer, she has written a few books.

 21 Michael Nyqvist

Michael Nyqvist
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 27, 2017
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist is best remembered as Daniel Daréus from the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film-nominated movie As It Is in Heaven. He also played significant roles in the series Beck and Millennium, and the film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He died of lung cancer at 56.

 22 Hanna Alström

Hanna Alström
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm

Hanna Alström is a Swedish actress who achieved international prominence after playing Crown Princess Tilde of Sweden in the 2014 action spy comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Hanna Alström went on to reprise her role in the film's 2017 sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

 23 Inger Stevens

Inger Stevens
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 30, 1970

Inger Stevens was a Swedish-American actress whose promising career was cut short when she committed suicide at age 35. Stevens is remembered for her performance in TV series like The Farmer's Daughter, for which she received the Golden Globe for Best TV Star – Female in 1963. Her performance in the series also earned her an Emmy nomination in 1964.

 24 Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: June 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

A Swedish electric guitarist/ neo-classical metal artist, Yngwie Johann Malmsteen rose to popularity in the 1980s and has, since then, released over 22 studio albums in his four decades of career till now. His solo debut album Rising Force, which won a nomination at the 1986 Grammy Awards, is regarded a significant release in the shred and neoclassical metal genres.

 25 Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

Neneh Cherry is a Swedish rapper, singer, songwriter, occasional DJ, and broadcaster. After starting her musical career in the early 1980s in London, Cherry went on to become one of the most decorated Swedish musicians of her generation. Over the years, Neneh Cherry has received many prestigious awards such as Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Award, and NME Award.

 26 MyAnna Buring

MyAnna Buring
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sundsvall, Sweden

 27 Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson
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Famous As: Television personality who has hosted Gladiators and Shooting Stars
Birthdate: August 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sollentuna Municipality, Sweden

Currently based in Oxfordshire, England, Sweden-born television presenter Ulrika Jonsson moved to the United Kingdom as a child and began her career as a TV-am weather presenter, eventually climbing her way up, presenting many popular television series in England and Sweden. Equally successful as a model and as an actress, she has also authored an autobiography.

 28 Izabella Scorupco

Izabella Scorupco
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Białystok, Poland

Polish-Swedish actress, singer, and model, Izabella Scorupco, played Bond girl Natalya Simonova in the James Bond film GoldenEye, for which she gained international fame. She began her career as a model in the late 1980s and appeared on the cover of Vogue. She then started acting as well. A music lover, she also had a brief singing career.

 29 Quincy Jones III

Quincy Jones III
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Famous As: Music producer
Birthdate: December 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England

 30 Anita Ekberg

Anita Ekberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 29, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden
Died: January 11, 2015

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg is best known for her role in the comedy-drama film La Dolce Vita. She worked primarily in Italy and later became a citizen of the country. She began modeling as a teenager and eventually entered films as well. Beautiful and voluptuous, she became a popular name within a few years.

 31 Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Linköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Popular for his orchestral background music for film and TV series such as Community, 3-time Grammy-winning artist Ludwig Göransson soared to fame with his Academy- and Grammy-winning score of Black Panther. He is also known for producing the Billboard-topping track This Is America and for creating his Emmy-winning score of The Mandalorian.

 32 Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Swedish chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson currently works as the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, New York. Fascinated by his grandmother’s cooking, he studied at the Culinary Institute in Göteborg to learn the nuances of food preparation. In the ensuing years, he gained recognition as a world-class chef. He is also an award-winning cookbook author.

 33 Alida Morberg

Alida Morberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lilla Edet, Sweden

 34 Ola Rapace

Ola Rapace
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tyresö, Stockholm, Sweden

 35 Mikael Persbrandt

Mikael Persbrandt
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakobsberg, Sweden

 36 Emily Baldoni

Emily Baldoni
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden

 37 May Britt

May Britt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lidingö, Lidingö, Sweden

May Britt is a Swedish retired actress who moved to the US in the late-1950s where she made headlines for marrying Sammy Davis Jr. at a time when interracial marriage was forbidden by law in the US. In the 1998 film, The Rat Pack, which narrates the circumstances surrounding May Britt's wedding to Davis, Britt was played by Megan Dodds.

 38 Maud Adams

Maud Adams
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Famous As: Actress and model, known for her roles as two different Bond girls
Birthdate: February 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Luleå, Sweden
Maud Adams is a Swedish model and actress best known for playing a Bond girl in two Bond films, namely The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy. While her appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun earned her international recognition, Maud Adams' portrayal of the eponymous character in the 1983 film Octopussy earned her accolades.

 39 Mercedes Mason

Mercedes Mason
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linköping, Sweden
Swedish-American actor/model Mercedes Mason is best known as Zondra from the series Chuck and as Isabel from The Finder. Fans also loved her in the films Sniper: Legacy and Quarantine 2: Terminal and the series Fear the Walking Dead. A polyglot, she speaks languages such as French and Persian. 

 40 Fares Fares

Fares Fares
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 41 Svante Thunberg

Svante Thunberg
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boo, Sweden

Svante Thunberg is a Swedish actor, producer, and writer. He is married to opera singer Malena Ernman and has two daughters, Greta and Beata. Greta is a prominent climate activist, who first rose to worldwide prominence when she initiated the school strike for climate. Svante accompanies his daughter on her sailing expeditions to UN climate summits. 

 42 Sofia Helin

Sofia Helin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hovsta, Sweden

 43 Gunilla Hutton

Gunilla Hutton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Swedish-American actor Gunilla Hutton is best known for the series Petticoat Junction and Hee Haw. She was also in the news for her long-term extramarital relationship with singer Nat King Cole, which ended after Cole was diagnosed with cancer, but not before Hutton called up his wife to confront her.

 44 Martin Wallström

Martin Wallström
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uddevalla, Sweden

 45 Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz
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Famous As: Inventor, YouTuber
Birthdate: November 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Simone Giertz is a Swedish TV host, YouTuber and robotics enthusiast. She is best known for creating mechanical robots to automate everyday tasks, the videos of which she posts on her YouTube channel. Simone Giertz displayed many of her robots on the popular TV show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

 46 David Dencik

David Dencik
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Famous As: Actor had major roles in English-language films and series including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Birthdate: October 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 47 Pia Lindström

Pia Lindström
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 48 Linda Ulvaeus

Linda Ulvaeus
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: February 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vallentuna, Sweden

Linda Ulvaeus is a Swedish singer and actress. The daughter of popular singers Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, Linda started her career as a singer before going on to establish herself as a prominent actress. She has played important roles in films like Meningen med alltihopa and Quick.

 49 Erika Linder

Erika Linder
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sundbyberg parish, Sundbyberg, Sweden

Currently based in the United States, Erika Linder is an internationally-known androgynous model, active since 2011. Born in Sweden, she debuted as a model for the Candy magazine, portraying a young Leonardo DiCaprio in it. Since then she has been appearing in different masculine, feminine and unisex looks in numerous internationally-known magazines as well as fashion houses.

 50 Victoria Silvstedt

Victoria Silvstedt
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skelleftehamn, Sweden

Victoria Silvstedt is a Swedish model, singer, actress, and television personality. She achieved national prominence in 1993 when she was selected to represent Sweden in the Miss World pageant in South Africa. She then worked for popular fashion houses like Chanel and Christian Dior before being featured on international magazines like Playboy, Glamour, and Maxim.