Noomi Rapace

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Noomi Rapace
Noomi Rapace 2007.jpg
BornNoomi Norén
(1979-12-28) 28 December 1979 (age 34)
Hudiksvall, Sweden
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Ola Rapace (2001-2011)
Children1
 
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Noomi Rapace
Noomi Rapace 2007.jpg
BornNoomi Norén
(1979-12-28) 28 December 1979 (age 34)
Hudiksvall, Sweden
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Ola Rapace (2001-2011)
Children1

Noomi Rapace (/ˈnmi rəˈpɑːs/ NOH-mee rə-PAHSS;[1] née Norén; born 28 December 1979) is a Swedish actress.[2] She achieved international fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.[3] She is also known for playing Leena in Beyond (2010), Anna in The Monitor (2011), Madame Simza Heron in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), the lead role of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in the Ridley Scott science fiction film Prometheus (2012), and Beatrice in Dead Man Down (2013).

Early life[edit]

Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden. Her mother, Nina Norén (born Kristina Norén; 1954) is a Swedish actress, and her father, Rogelio Durán (10 November 1953 – 4 November 2006), was a Spanish Flamenco singer from Badajoz.[4] She has said that her father may have been of part Roma descent, and though she is "not sure if it is true," she has "always been interested in the culture."[5][6] Rapace's sister, Særún Norén, is a photographer.[3] Rapace has said she saw her father only occasionally before his death. At the age of five, she moved from her native Sweden to Flúðir in Iceland with her mother and stepfather. Two years later, she made her film debut in a minor role in In the Shadow of the Raven.

Rapace speaks Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, and English in addition to her native Swedish.[7]

Career[edit]

At the age of seven, Rapace was given her first film role, which was a non-speaking part in the film Í skugga hrafnsins by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. This experience made her decide to be an actress.[8] She left home at age 15 and enrolled in a Stockholm theatre school.[9]

In 1996, she made her television debut playing the part of Lucinda Gonzales in the long-running soap series Tre kronor. From 1998 to 1999, Rapace studied at the acting school Skara Skolscen. She has been engaged at Theater Plaza 2000–01, Orionteatern 2001, Teater Galeasen 2002, Stockholms stadsteater in 2003 as well as at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, all in Stockholm. In 2007, she won acclaim for her award-winning portrayal of a troubled teen mother in the Danish film Daisy Diamond, directed by Simon Staho. She won the two top film awards in Denmark (the Bodil and Robert prize) for Best Actress for her role in the film, which was also selected for the main competition at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. The film received some criticism for the supposed abuse occurring to a baby actor during production.[10]

In 2009, she played the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish-produced film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, reprising this role in the sequels The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (all three were originally screened as two-part telemovies, then re-edited for theatrical release). On 11 September 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that Rapace had been cast in Guy Richie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, her first English-speaking role, as a French romani; the film was released in 2011.[11] Her international fame has earned her leading roles in American cinema. She was cast in Ridley Scott's blockbuster hit Prometheus where she played the leading role, a scientist named Elizabeth Shaw. She had met Scott for the first time following the release of the Millennium trilogy movies, at which point he expressed a willingness to work with her and encouraged her to improve her accent.[12] Prometheus was released in June 2012.[13] She starred alongside Rachel McAdams in Brian De Palma's erotic thriller Passion, which is the English-language remake of 2010's French psychological thriller Love Crime. They both appeared in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows but did not share scenes together.

She appeared in Niels Arden Oplev's crime thriller Dead Man Down.[14][15] In November 2012, she appeared as the lead role in a Rolling Stones video for the single "Doom and Gloom" shot in the studios of the Cité du Cinéma by Luc Besson in Saint-Denis.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Rapace married Swedish actor Ola Norell in 2001. Together, they chose the surname Rapace after they were married; it means "bird of prey" in French and Italian. The couple has a son named Lev. In September 2010, the couple filed for divorce, taking effect during 2011.[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988In the Shadow of the Raven
1997Sanning eller konsekvensNadja
2001Röd julKvinna på krog
2003En utflykt till månens baksidaAndrea
CapricciosaElvira
2004Älskar, älskar och älskarNelly
2005Lovisa och Carl MichaelAnna Rella
Toleransens gränserMom
BlodsbröderVeronica
2006Enhälligt beslutAmira
Du & jagMaja
Sökarna: ÅterkomstenEnforcer
2007Daisy DiamondAnnaBodil Award for Best Actress
Robert Award for Best Actress
2009Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooLisbeth SalanderGuldbagge Award for Best Actress
Nymphe d’Or for Best Actress in a TV-Mini-Series
Nymphe d’Or for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Online Award for Breakthrough Performer
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Girl Who Played with Fire, TheThe Girl Who Played with Fire
Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, TheThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
2010BeyondLeenaSão Paulo International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Guldbagge Award for Best Actress
2011The MonitorAnnaRome Film Festival for Best Actress
Also known as Babycall
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsMadame Simza HeronNominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action
2012PrometheusElizabeth ShawNominated—Teen Choice Award for Best Movie Breakout
2013Dead Man DownBeatrice
PassionIsabelle
2014Animal RescueNadiaAwaiting Release
Child 44Raisa DemidovPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996–1997Tre kronorLucinda Gonzales12 episodes
2001PusselbitarMarika NilssonTV miniseries
2002Stora teaternFatimaTV miniseries
2003TusenbröderHemvårdareEpisode "Tusenbröder II – Del 5"
2007–2008LabyrintNicky12 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

AwardYearCategoryWorkResult
Bodil Awards2008Best ActressDaisy DiamondWon
Robert Award2008Best ActressDaisy DiamondWon
European Film Awards2009Best ActressGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
Nymphe d’Or2010Best Actress in a TV-Mini-SeriesMillennium Trilogy (TV version)Won
Nymphe d’Or2010Best ActressGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooWon
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award2010Best ActressGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
Guldbagge Awards2010Best ActressGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooWon
Houston Film Critics Society2010Best ActressGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award2010Best Lead ActressGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
New York Film Critics Online Award2010Breakthrough PerformerGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooWon
Satellite Awards2010Best Actress – Motion Picture DramaGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooWon
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association2010Best ActressGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
Saturn Award2010Best ActressGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
São Paulo International Film Festival2010Best ActressBeyondWon
Hollywood Film Festival2010Spotlight AwardWon
London Film Critics' Circle2011Actress of the YearThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
Empire Awards2011Best ActressThe Girl with the Dragon TattooWon
BAFTA Awards2011Best Leading ActressThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films2011Best ActressThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards2011Best ActressThe Girl with the Dragon TattooNominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association2011Breakthrough Film ArtistThe Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Nominated
Guldbagge Awards2011Best ActressBeyondNominated
International Emmy Awards2011Best Performance by an ActressMillenniumNominated
Rome Film Festival2011Best ActressThe MonitorWon
Teen Choice Awards2012Choice Movie Actress - ActionSherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsNominated
2012Choice Movie BreakoutPrometheusNominated
Amanda Awards2012Best ActressThe MonitorWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noomi Rapace Pronunciation in Swedish audio link (Retrieved 10 June 2012)
  2. ^ Karen Olsson, Noomi Rapace Arrives in Hollywood, by Way of Outer Space, The New York Times Magazine, 27 May 2012, p. 26.
  3. ^ a b Peter Howell (26 March 2010). "Rising star became the girl with the dragon tattoo". Toronto: thestar.com. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Andrew (20 August 2010). "Millennium fever: Stieg Larsson and the mystery of the lost manuscript". Thisislondon.co.uk. ES London Limited. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Bob Thompson, "Sherlock Holmes star Noomi Rapace on moving past the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", National Post, 12 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Noomi Rapace: 'I Want to Fight Like the Guys'". The Daily Telegraph (London). 11 December 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.patriotledger.com/entertainment/x536732950/Noomi-Rapace-knows-how-to-handle-herself-in-Sherlock-Holmes
  8. ^ Sverrisson, Ágúst Borgþór (22 July 2009). "Vildi ekki flytja frá Íslandi – Pressan spjallar við aðalleikkonuna úr Menn sem hata konur" (in Icelandic). www.pressan.is. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Gritten, David (18 February 2010). "Noomi Rapace interview: the world's most seductive sleuth". Telegraph.co.uk (London: Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Barnmisshandel kan aldrig rättfärdigas, Aftonbladet
  11. ^ Karen Valby. "'Dragon Tattoo' star Noomi Rapace cast in 'Sherlock Holmes 2'". EW. 
  12. ^ Sheryl Garratt (1 June 2012). "Noomi Rapace interview for Ridley Scott's Prometheus". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ridley Scott's Prometheus - new trailer released". Radio Times. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Colin Farrell-Noomi Rapace Crime Thriller 'Dead Man Down' Sets 2013 Release, HollywoodReporter.com, retrieved 14 August 2012 
  15. ^ The girl who's been in a fight! Chameleon Noomi Rapace switches styles again as she sports bloodied and scarred prosthetics, DailyMail.co.uk, retrieved 14 August 2012 
  16. ^ "The Rolling Stones Première Video For New Song 'Doom And Gloom'". 
  17. ^ "'Millennium'-stjärnan Noomi Rapace har ansökt om skilsmässa från maken Ola Rapace". Aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  18. ^ Diu, Nisha Lilia (11 December 2011). "Noomi Rapace: 'I Want to Fight Like the Guys'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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