Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson Biography

Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundstrm (born 19 October 1983), known professionally as Rebecca Ferguson, is a Swedish actress. She is best known for her lead role as Elizabeth Woodville in The White Queen (2013), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and her starring role as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).

Early life

Ferguson was born in Stockholm and grew up in the Vasastan district in central Stockholm. Her mother, Rosemary, is British, and moved from the United Kingdom to Sweden at the age of 25.

Rebecca attended an English-speaking school in Sweden and was raised bilingual, speaking Swedish and English.

From the age of 13, she worked as a model and appeared in magazines and on television commercials for cosmetic, apparel and jewelry advertisements.

Ferguson has danced from a very early age; she did ballet, tap-dancing, jazz, street funk and Tango. She taught Argentine tango at a dance company in Lund, Sweden for a few years, while she continued her work on several short art film projects.

Ferguson attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm and graduated in 1999.


She came into prominence with her breakout role of upper-class girl Anna Gripenhielm in the soap-opera Nya tider. She went on to later play Chrissy in the Swedish-American soap Ocean Ave.

Swedish director Richard Hobert spotted her at the Simrishamn town market in 2011, which led to her starring in his film A One - Way to Antibes. She has also appeared in the horror film Strandvaskaren and the 2012 film Vi alongside Gustaf Skarsgrd.

In August 2012, it was announced Ferguson had been cast to play Elizabeth Woodville in the ten-part BBC historical drama The White Queen, based on Philippa Gregory's The Cousins' War novels about the women of the Wars of the Roses. Ferguson's work in The White Queen has been met with praise, earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film.

In 2015, Ferguson played Ilsa Faust, the female lead in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, for which she was highly praised. She will reprise her role in the sixth Mission: Impossible film.

Her upcoming projects are Shamim Sarif's Despite the Falling Snow; Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins, opposite Meryl Streep; Tate Taylor's The Girl on the Train; Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman, opposite Michael Fassbender and Charlotte Gainsbourg and will play the lead in Daniel Espinosa's sci-fi Life.

Personal life

In 2007, Ferguson gave birth to a son, Isac, with former boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg. After her soap opera success and the birth of her son, she moved with her boyfriend to Simrishamn, on the Swedish south coast. The couple separated in April 2015.



Title Year Role Notes
Strandvaskaren 2004 Amanda
Plus 2008 Short film
Irresistible 2009 Woman Short film
Flyga, inte dala 2009 Short film
Lennart 2009 Short film
Arkiv 2010 Short film
A One-Way Trip to Antibes 2011 Maria
Vi 2012 Linda
Cold Night 2013
Hercules 2014 Ergenia
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015 Ilsa Faust
Despite the Falling Snow 2016 Katya / Lauren Post-production
Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Kathleen
The Girl on the Train 2016 Anna Watson Filming
The Snowman 2017 Katrine Bratt Filming


Title Year Role Notes
Nya tider 1999-2001 Anna Gripenhielm 54 episodes
Ocean Ave. 2002 Chrissy Eriksson Episode: "#1.5"
Wallander 2008 Louise Fredman Episode: "Sidetracked"
The Vatican 2013 Olivia Borghese Television film
The Inspector and The Sea 2013 Jasmine Larsson Episode: "Der Wolf im Schafspelz"
The White Queen 2013 Elizabeth Woodville Main role
10 episodes
The Red Tent 2014 Dinah Lifetime mini-series

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
2014 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film The White Queen
2015 Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
2016 Empire Awards Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

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