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Rebecca Ferguson

Biography

Well known on her behalf Golden World nominated performance simply because Elizabeth Woodville in mini-series The Light Queen, she also appeared within the 2014 film Hercules and played Ilsa Faust within the 2015 blockbuster Objective: Out of the question – Rogue Nation. She initial made her tag as a cleaning soap opera actress within the function of Anna Gripenhielm in Nya Tider from 1999 to 2001. She previously went to the Adolf Fredrik’s Music College in Stockholm. Well known film credits of hers are the horror film Strandvaskaren, Vi and 2014’s Hercules. She went an Argentine dance studio room in the Swedish southern coast. She was created in Stockholm, Sweden and was raised within the Vasastaden region of the town. Her mom Rosemary had transferred from Britain to Sweden before Rebecca was created. She acquired a son called Isac with her then-boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg. She starred alongside Minnie Drivers in the Life time mini-series The Crimson Tent.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rebecca Ferguson
Date Of Birth October 19, 1983
Place Of Birth Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.7 m, 1.7 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Adolf Fredrik's Music School, Adolf Fredrik's Music School
Nationality Swedish, Swedish
Children Lillie May Dures, Karl Dures, Jr., I Hope, Glitter & Gold, Nothing's Real But Love, Karl Dures, Jr., Lillie May Dures
Parents Anne Jameson, Dan Ferguson, I Hope, Glitter & Gold, Nothing's Real But Love, Gerrie Ferguson
Siblings Sam, Sam
Nominations Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer
Movies Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train, Life, Florence Foster Jenkins, Hercules, Despite the Falling Snow, The Snowman, Drowning Ghost, Us, Mission: Impossible 6, The Greatest Showman, A One-Way Trip to Antibes, The Vatican, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train, Life, Florence Foster Jenkins, Mission: Impossible 6, The Snowman, Hercules, Despite the Falling Snow, The Greatest Showman, Drowning Ghost, A One-Way Trip to Antibes, Us, The Vatican
TV Shows The White Queen, The Red Tent, The White Queen, The Red Tent
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#Fact
1Was considered for the lead role in Alien: Covenant (2017).
2The actresses who inspire her are Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren.
3Attended an English-speaking school in Sweden and was raised bilingual, speaking Swedish and English.
4Her mother helped to translate ABBA's 'Waterloo' from Swedish to English and was also the woman sitting cross-legged on a chair on the album's cover.
5Ranked #7 on IMDb's "Top Stars of 2015".
6Was named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch" in 2015.
7Ranked #1 on IMDb STARmeter for three consecutive weeks - from August 10, 2015 to August 30, 2015.
8She is claustrophobic and suffers from vertigo.
9Is often compared to fellow Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman due to their striking resemblance. Her character in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) is named Ilsa, just like Bergman's character in Casablanca (1942). One of Rebecca's scenes in "Rogue Nation" was set in Casablanca. Her co-star's Tom Cruise's first celebrity crush was Ingrid Bergman in Notorious (1946).
10Tom Cruise chose her for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) after having seen her in the mini-series The White Queen (2013).
11Did her own stunts in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015). She went under vigorous fitness and stunt training, consisting of 6-weeks of 6 hours-a-day training schedule, including Pilates, fight choreography and stunt practice.
12She wants to work with Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Hugh Laurie and Helena Bonham Carter.
13From the age of 13, she worked as a model in magazines, for television/cinema commercials and different brand names (make-up, clothes, jewellery), etc.
14First Swedish actress to be nominated for a Golden Globe award in 15 years since Ann-Margret in 1999. And the fifth Swedish actress to be nominated for a Golden Globe overall, the others are Ingrid Bergman, Anita Ekberg, Lena Olin and Ann-Margret, respectively.
15Has danced from a very early age; ballet, tap-dancing, jazz/show and street funk to Argentinean Tango. Her interest in tango has led to her being asked to help teach beginner courses in Lund, Sweden.
16Has a son, Isac (born in 2007), with her ex-boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg. The couple separated in April 2015.
17She graduated from music school, Adolf Fredriks Musikskola in the spring of 1999.
18Her father is Swedish. Her mother, Rosemary, is British. Her mother moved to Sweden when she was 25 years old. While Rebecca is sometimes said to be related to The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, she denied this in a 2015 Daily Mail interview.
19Her parents are divorced.
20She has three siblings.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
M:I 6 - Mission Impossible2018pre-productionIlsa Faust
The Lady and the Panda2017pre-productionRuth Harkness
The Greatest Showman2017filmingJenny Lind
The Snowman2017post-productionKatrine Bratt
Life2017post-production
The Girl on the Train2016Anna
Florence Foster Jenkins2016Kathleen
Despite the Falling Snow2016Katya Lauren
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation2015Ilsa Faust
The Red Tent2014TV Mini-SeriesDinah
Hercules2014/IErgenia
The White Queen2013TV Mini-SeriesQueen Elizabeth / Elizabeth Woodville
Vi2013Linda
Der Kommissar und das Meer2013TV SeriesJasmine Larsson
The Vatican2013TV MovieOlivia Borghese
Irresistible2011ShortWoman
En enkel till Antibes2011Maria
Puls2010/IShortLinda
Lennart2010ShortHemtjänstpersonal
Wallander2008TV SeriesLouise Fredman
Strandvaskaren2004Amanda
Ocean Ave.2002TV SeriesChrissy Eriksson
Nya tider1999-2000TV SeriesAnna Gripenhielm

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rogue Nation: Cruise Control2015Video shortHerself
Rogue Nation: Heroes2015Video shortHerself
Rogue Nation: Lighting the Fuse2015Video shortHerself
Rogue Nation: Sand Theft Auto2015Video shortHerself
Rogue Nation: The Missions Continue2015Video shortHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHerself
Today2015TV SeriesHerself
Tom Cruise: Show Me the Movies2015TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hercules and His Mercenaries2014Video shortHerself
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Nominee (uncredited)
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHerself
Gomorron2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gomorron2004TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Genre AwardBuffalo Niagara Film FestivalBest Actress in a Leading RoleDespite the Falling Snow (2016)
2016Slate AwardCalifornia Independent Film FestivalBest ActressDespite the Falling Snow (2016)
2016Golden StatuettePrague Independent Film FestivalBest ActressDespite the Falling Snow (2016)
2015Breakthrough PerformerHamptons International Film FestivalMission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actress in an Action MovieMission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
2016Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest Female NewcomerMission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
2016OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Breakthrough Performance: FemaleMission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
2015Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest T&A of the YearMission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
2014Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe White Queen (2013)
2011Rising Star AwardStockholm Film FestivalEn enkel till Antibes (2011)


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#Quote
1[on what inspired her to become an actress] I wasn't brought up in the acting world-my father is a lawyer. But as a teenager, I had the opportunity to audition for this television series: a daytime soap opera. And I got the lead part. I had just finished ninth grade in school, so I skipped what we called gymnasium and started working instead. And realized that this is a life I can see myself living.
2At an early age, singing was something I found fun, but I never saw myself as a singer. My mother was in the avant-garde of cultural life in Sweden. She actually helped to translate ABBA's 'Waterloo' from Swedish to English. Remember the woman sitting cross-legged on a chair on the album's cover? That was my mom with the band-and they were wearing her clothes. How cool is that? And she didn't save any of it.
3[on when she heard about the job in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)] I was on a camel! In the desert. In Ouarzazat [Morocco]. Filming The Red Tent (2014) for Lifetime. I had just popped over to London to meet Tom Cruise to see if the chemistry worked and 12 hours later I'm back on the camel, wrapping up production and I got a phone call. They say: 'You've got the next lead!' So I'll be back in Ouarzazat but on a motorbike! And there I was a month later.
4[on if she feels Swedish] I do. And I feel English as well which is why I like the combination when I can do an English film and speak a bit of Swedish. It's a mish-mash. My mum's English and my father's Swedish. But I feel sort of French when I'm in France even though I have no connection to it! I think I remind myself of Ilsa [her character in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)] in that because I adapt and I think that's the world we live in as well - doors are more open now thank God.
5I've been very lucky to have strong women characters to play.
6I need challenging roles. I look forward to reading a script where I call my agent and go, 'What the f**k are you thinking? Of course I can't do this!' I'd like to be uncomfortable and challenge that.
7[on doing her own stunts in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)] Jumping off a rooftop is one thing, but having your legs wrapped around Tom Cruise makes it a bit easier.
8[on her inspiration to play Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)] I looked at Ingrid Bergman a lot. There's a gracefulness there that I wanted to bring in. Mission is fast and action-packed and intense and modern, so to be able to balance that with the input of something classic-it's a beautiful mixture.


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