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Noomi Rapace –

Rapace in Dead Man Down.

About Noomi Rapace (1979 – )

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. 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." Rapace's sister, Særún Norén, is a photographer. 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 fluent Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, and English in addition to her native Swedish.

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. She left home at age 15 and enrolled in a Stockholm theatre school.

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.

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, for which she won the Guldbagge Award (Sweden's top award) and was nominated for a BAFTA Award and European Film Award. She reprised this role in the sequels The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (all three were subsequently recut as a six-part miniseries aired on Swedish television called Millennium).

On 11 September 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that Rapace had been cast in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, her first English-speaking role, as a French Gypsy; the film was released in 2011.

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. Prometheus was released in June 2012.

In November 2012, she appeared 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.

In 2013, 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. Rapace also appeared in Niels Arden Oplev's crime thriller Dead Man Down, alongside Isabelle Huppert and Colin Farrell.

In 2014, she appeared as Nadia in Michael Roskam's thriller The Drop, alongside Tom Hardy, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Gandolfini. On September 2014, she was the subject of the short film A Portrait of Noomi Rapace, directed by artist and designer Aitor Throup and scored by Flying Lotus. In the same year, Rapace appeared in the video for the single "eez-eh" by Kasabian.

In 2015, she starred as Raisa Demidova in Daniel Espinosa's Child 44, opposite Tom Hardy (her co-star in The Drop) also starring Gary Oldman, Vincent Cassel, Jason Clarke, and Joel Kinnaman.

Rapace will be in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Brilliance, although her role is not known yet. She will also star in the spy thriller Unlocked, with Michael Douglas, John Malkovich, Orlando Bloom, and Toni Collette; will lead the sci-fi/actioner Whatever Happened To Monday? opposite Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe and the sci-fi/thriller Rupture by Steven Shainberg.

On 12 May 2015, it was announced that she will play opera singer Maria Callas in a biopic directed by Niki Caro.

On 5 November 2015, it was announced that Rapace would be starring as Amy Winehouse in talks of a new biopic about the late singer's life directed by Kirsten Sheridan.

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.

In 2015, Rapace had a relationship with Swedish kickboxer Sanny Dahlbeck. They made their first public appearance as a couple at the BAFTAs on 8 February 2015. On 2 October 2015, it was reported that the couple had broken up.

Noomi Rapace's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1988 In the Shadow of the Raven
1997 Sanning eller konsekvens Nadja
2001 Röd jul Kvinna på krog
2003 En utflykt till månens baksida Andrea
2003 Capricciosa Elvira
2004 Älskar, älskar och älskar Nelly
2005 Lovisa och Carl Michael Anna Rella
2005 Toleransens gränser Mom
2005 Blodsbröder Veronica
2006 Enhälligt beslut Amira
2006 Du & jag Maja
2006 Sökarna: Återkomsten Enforcer
2007 Daisy Diamond Anna
2009 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth Salander
2009 The Girl Who Played with Fire Lisbeth Salander
2009 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest Lisbeth Salander
2010 Beyond Leena
2011 The Monitor Anna
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Madame Simza Heron
2012 Prometheus Elizabeth Shaw
2013 Dead Man Down Beatrice
2013 Passion Isabelle
2014 A Portrait of Noomi Rapace Herself
2014 The Drop Nadia
2015 Child 44 Raisa Demidova
2016 Unlocked
2016 Brilliance
2016 Rupture

Rapace's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
Tre kronor Lucinda Gonzales
2001 Pusselbitar Marika Nilsson
2002 Stora teatern Fatima
2003 Tusenbröder Hemvårdare
Labyrint Nicky

Memorable Quotes

“In Sweden everybody has this perfect surface. Everyone's very polite and controls their feelings.”

“I'm terrified of being too famous. What I'm really afraid of is that the audiences will go into the theater and not be able to forget that it's me, that fame will stand in the way of my acting. I want to keep being able to change into different shapes and different personalities.”

“I like doing fight scenes. I always have, and I insist on doing as much of that action as they'll let me do. I think that's easy for me.”

“It's better to not be afraid of things and not avoid things.”

“I hate when you see a film and after one scene you know what's going to happen and you can predict the whole story.”

“When I don't understand things, I become passionate to understand.”

Did You Know

She used the holes of her old piercings when she was a young punk rocker in her role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Spoke very little English at the time she finished the Lisbeth Salander trilogy. In a determined attempt to master English as quickly as possible, Noomi watched numerous English language movies with native language subtitles disabled, along with hours of television channels such as BBC, CNN, and miscellaneous TV talk shows.

Starred in two movies with Tom Hardy: The Drop (2014) and Child 44 (2015). In both movies they played each other's love interest.

Fractured her nose in 2015 when an elbow accidentally hit her face while filming. She, however, didn't realize the extent of the injury until much later so, after a brief black out, she just got up and insisted on carrying on with the scene. As of April 2015, the fracture had yet to be mended and had healed up in a broken state (meaning it needs to be re-broken up again in order to fix).

Noomi Rapace in Beyond (2010).
Noomi Rapace in Child 44 (2015).
Rapace in Dead Man Down (2013).
Rapace in The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009).
In The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)...
bottom photo with Peter Andersson
In Passion (2013).
Rapace in Prometheus (2012).
Rapace in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).
In The Drop (2014).
Noomi Rapace in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (2009).