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

 2 Rebecca Ferguson

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

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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 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.

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 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.

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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 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.

 9 Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo.
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm
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.

 10 Joel Kinnaman

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

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.

 11 Gustaf Skarsgard

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

 12 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.

 13 Noomi Rapace

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

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.

 14 Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arbrå, Gävleborg County
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.

 15 Max Martin

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

 16 Valter Skarsgård

Valter Skarsgård.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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.

 17 Britt Ekland

Britt Ekland
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Autobiographer, Television presenter, Model
Birthdate: October 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm

 18 Hanna Alström

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

 19 Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Linköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden

 20 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.

 21 Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: August 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sollentuna Municipality

 22 Neneh Cherry

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

 23 Yngwie Malmsteen

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

 24 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.

 25 Alida Morberg

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

 26 MyAnna Buring

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

 27 Izabella Scorupco

Izabella Scorupco.
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Białystok

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.

 28 Fredrik Eklund

Fredrik Eklund
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Famous As: Real estate broker
Birthdate: April 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akalla, Stockholm, Sweden

 29 Emily Baldoni

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

 30 May Britt

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

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.

 31 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. 

 32 Mikael Persbrandt

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

 33 Ola Rapace

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

 34 Puma Swede

Puma Swede
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Famous As: Adult Film Star
Birthdate: September 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 35 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. 

 36 Maud Adams

Maud Adams
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Film actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Luleå

 37 Sofia Helin

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

 38 Elli Avram

Elli Avram
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stockholm

 39 Gunilla Hutton

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

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.

 40 Erika Linder

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

 41 Pia Lindström

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

 42 Victoria Silvstedt

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

 43 Martin Wallström

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

 44 Lasse Hallström

Lasse Hallström
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: June 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm

 45 Hoyte van Hoytema

Hoyte van Hoytema
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Famous As: Cinematographer, Artist
Birthdate: October 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Horgen

 46 Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland

Princess Estelle, Duchess of Östergötland
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Birthdate: February 23, 2012
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karolinska University Hospital

 47 Linda Ulvaeus

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

 48 Helena Mattsson

Helena Mattsson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 49 Bibi Andersson

Bibi Andersson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm

 50 Maryam Zakaria

Maryam Zakaria
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: September 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tehran