Famous Swedish Film & Theater Personalities

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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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Alexander Skarsgård
(Swedish Actor Known for His Role as 'Eric Northman' in the TV Series 'True Blood')
Alexander Skarsgård
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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.

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Bill Skarsgard
(Best Known for His Role as 'Pennywise the Dancing Clown' in the 'It' Films)
Bill Skarsgard
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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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Rebecca Ferguson
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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.

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Ingrid Bergman
(One of the Most Influential Screen Figures in Cinematic History)
Ingrid Bergman
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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.

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Stellan Skarsgård
(One of the Most Versatile and Influential Actors of His Generation)
Stellan Skarsgård
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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.

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Alicia Vikander
(Swedish Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Gerda Wegener’ in the Film ‘The Danish Girl’)
Alicia Vikander
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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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Dolph Lundgren
(Starred in Rocky IV as The Imposing Soviet Boxer 'Ivan Drago')
Dolph Lundgren
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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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Ann-Margret
(Actress & Singer)
Ann-Margret
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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.

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Greta Garbo
(One of the Greatest Female Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Greta Garbo
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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.

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Malin Akerman
(Actress & Model)
Malin Akerman
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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.

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Noomi Rapace
(Swedish Actress)
Noomi Rapace
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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.

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Joel Kinnaman
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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.

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Ingmar Bergman
(One of the Most Talented and Influential Filmmakers of All Time)
Ingmar Bergman
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Birthdate: July 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Uppland, 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.

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Gustaf Skarsgard
(Film actor)
Gustaf Skarsgard
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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.

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Peter Stormare
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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.
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Max von Sydow
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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.

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Tove Lo
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Raw, Grunge-Influenced Take on Pop Music)
Tove Lo
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Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Viken, Sweden
Grammy-nominated Swedish singer Tove Lo is known for her autobiographical lyrics and her grunge-influenced pop tracks. She soared to fame with her Billboard-charting debut album, Queen of the Clouds. She has also released hits such as Glad He's Gone and co-written tracks such as Love Me like You Do
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Valter Skarsgård
(Swedish Actor and Youngest Son of Actor Stellan Skarsgård)
Valter Skarsgård
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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.
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Britt Ekland
(Actress whose major films include 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun and 1967's The Double Man)
Britt Ekland
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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.

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Paulina Porizkova
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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.

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Michael Nyqvist
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Kurt Hendricks’ in the Film ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’)
Michael Nyqvist
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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.
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Hanna Alström
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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.

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Inger Stevens
(Swedish-American Actress Best Known for Her TV Series ‘The Farmer's Daughter’)
Inger Stevens
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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.

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MyAnna Buring
(Actress)
MyAnna Buring
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Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sundsvall, Sweden
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Ulrika Jonsson
(Television personality who has hosted Gladiators and Shooting Stars)
Ulrika Jonsson
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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.

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Anita Ekberg
(Swedish Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Sylvia’ in the Film ‘La Dolce Vita’)
Anita Ekberg
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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.

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Quincy Jones III
(Music producer)
Quincy Jones III
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Birthdate: December 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
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Emily Baldoni
(Actress)
Emily Baldoni
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Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden
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Izabella Scorupco
(Best Known for Her Role as the Bond Girl 'Natalya Simonova' in the Film 'GoldenEye')
Izabella Scorupco
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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.

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Alida Morberg
(Actress)
Alida Morberg
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Birthdate: January 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lilla Edet, Sweden
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Fredrik Eklund
(Real Estate Broker Known for His Stint in the Reality TV Series 'Million Dollar Listing: New York')
Fredrik Eklund
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Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akalla, Stockholm, Sweden

Fredrik Eklund is a Swedish real estate broker, TV personality, and former IT entrepreneur. He achieved international recognition when he became one of five brokers to be featured on the popular American reality television series, Million Dollar Listing New York. Fredrik Eklund is also credited with founding a real estate brokerage firm called Eklund Stockholm New York.

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Ola Rapace
(Actor)
Ola Rapace
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Birthdate: December 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tyresö, Stockholm, Sweden
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Maud Adams
(Actress and model, known for her roles as two different Bond girls)
Maud Adams
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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.
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Mikael Persbrandt
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Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakobsberg, Sweden
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May Britt
(Swedish Actress)
May Britt
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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.

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Mercedes Mason
(American Actress and Former Model Known for Her Role as ‘Zondra’ in the TV Series ‘Chuck’)
Mercedes Mason
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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. 
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Fares Fares
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Birthdate: April 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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Sofia Helin
(Actress)
Sofia Helin
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Birthdate: April 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hovsta, Sweden
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Martin Wallström
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Birthdate: July 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uddevalla, Sweden
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Svante Thunberg
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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. 

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Erika Linder
(Swedish Model and Actress Known for Sporting and Modeling for Both Male and Female Clothing)
Erika Linder
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Birthdate: May 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: 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.

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

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Pia Lindström
(Journalist)
Pia Lindström
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Birthdate: September 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Helena Mattsson
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Birthdate: March 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Victoria Silvstedt
(Swedish Model, Actress, Singer, and Television Personality)
Victoria Silvstedt
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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.

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Puma Swede
(Adult Film Star)
Puma Swede
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Birthdate: September 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Linda Ulvaeus
(Singer, Actress)
Linda Ulvaeus
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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.

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Lasse Hallström
(Film director who first became known for directing almost all the music videos by the pop group ABBA)
Lasse Hallström
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Birthdate: June 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Bjorn Andresen
(Film actor)
Bjorn Andresen
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Birthdate: January 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden