Everything you need to know about Sweden’s Oscar winner

Swedish star Alicia Vikander has won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in Nordic transgender movie ‘The Danish Girl’.

Alicia Vikander is the first Swedish actor to win an Oscar since  in 1974. But who is this rising supernova?

Swede Alicia Vikander wins Oscar for 'Danish Girl' role

1. She rose to fame from nowhere

Her international breakthrough came in 2012, when she co-starred in the British adaptation of historical epic ‘Anna Karenina’, and in the Danish costume drama ‘A Royal Affair’, nominated for a best language film Oscar.

But while the 27-year-old brunette was hardly a household name three years ago, last year she appeared in at least four major movies, including British sci-fi psychological thriller ‘Ex Machina’, where she starred as the humanoid robot Ava and for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.

“It’s been suddenly wonderful to be introduced in rooms to meet actors and filmmakers and people behind the cameras that I’ve looked up to my entire life,” she said.

2. But here’s how it all started

Born in Sweden’s second city of Gothenburg in 1988, Vikander initially dreamed of becoming a ballerina, studying at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm before injuries cut her dance career short in her teens.

Her focus then turned to acting, and her on-screen career gained traction after appearances in Swedish short films and the popular television drama series ‘Andra Avenyn’ from 2008 to 2010.

Soon after she began looking for work in American and British films, sending audition tapes to casting directors. But neither Vikander nor her agent received a single response. She told W magazine: “I never even heard ‘No, thank you’, so I decided I had to get myself to London.”

-more at The Local

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