Since her film debut as Katarina in the Swedish drama, Pure, in 2010, Vikander has become an act to watch. That debut won her the prestigious Guldbagge Award for Best Actress, and without slowing down for a second Vikander has appeared in no less than eight films since then. Her talent has been immediately recognised, and she was highlighted as one of the European Film Awards’ Shooting Stars in 2012, and received a Rising Star nomination by the BAFTAs in 2013.
In her rapidly burgeoning career she’s already shown an affinity for espionage, appearing not only as Gaby Teller in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but starring opposite Matt Damon in the next installment of the Bourne franchise and appearing alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in 2013’s The Fifth Estate, Bill Condon’s film about the early days of Wikileaks.
Vikander also starred in the lead female role opposite Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson in Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina, which has been storming the U.S. box office and enjoying critical acclaim across the board. Her other film credits include Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” alongside Keira Knightley and Jude Law; Ella Lemhagen’s “The Crown Jewels,” which appeared in side competition at the Berlin Film Festival; and “A Royal Affair,” nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
While her character in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is more comfortable in overalls, Vikander is making a splash in the fashion world as well, having just been announced as an ambassador for the French fashion house Louis Vuitton.