Alicia Vikander

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Birth Name: Alicia Amanda Vikander

Place of Birth: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden

Date of Birth: 3 October, 1988

Ethnicity: Swedish, small amount of Finnish, distant Baltic German

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress and dancer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl (2015).

She is the daughter of Maria Fahl Vikander, an actress, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. Alicia is married to German-Irish actor and producer Michael Fassbender. A picture of Alicia’s mother can be seen here.

Alicia has said that the filmmakers of her movie The Danish Girl were:

…obsessed with me not looking Scandinavian and I was like, ‘I’m the only Scandinavian in the whole film.’ They paled my skin, to make me lighter. People say that I’m tanned, but that’s my natural color.

In an interview on Conan O’Brien’s show on May 5, 2015, Conan told Alicia,

there’s a misconception… there’s this belief that everyone who’s Swedish has blonde [hair], blue eyes… clearly you’re proof that that’s not the case.

Alicia replied,

I always get that question… where are your parents really from?… Do you know where your dad’s from?… [My parents] are both from very small villages, from up north and south of Sweden… I’m a quarter Finnish, but that doesn’t really make me much darker.

Alicia’s maternal grandfather was Anders Gustaf Edvard Fahl (the son of Gustaf Adolf Fahl and Anna Margareta Heideman/von Heideman). Alicia’s grandfather Anders was born in Annedal, Göteborg och Bohus, Sweden. Along with Swedish, Anders also had a small amount of Baltic German ancestry, and descent from Finland-Swedish nobility. Alicia’s great-grandfather Gustaf was the son of Erik Gustaf Georg Anders Henrik Fahl and Maria Andersdotter. Alicia’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Georg Carl Fredrik Heideman/von Heideman and Gustafva Katarina Ulrika Raab.

Alicia’s maternal grandmother was Solveig/Solweig Waldemarsdotter/Valdemarsdotter (the daughter of Gustav Waldemar Timper, later Hasse, and of Elmi Irene Maria Sandholm). Solveig was Finnish. Gustav was the son of Karl Gustav Timper and Aina Wilhelmina Skoglund. Elmi was the daughter of Alfred Gabriel Sandholm and Anna Charlotta Asujamaa.

LOS ANGELES - FEB 28: Alicia Vikander, parents at the 88th Annu

Vikander and her parents by kathclick/Bigstock

Sources: Genealogy of Alicia Vikander (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Alicia’s maternal grandfather, Anders Gustaf Edvard Fahl –

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47 Responses

  1. typepope says:

    Alicia Vikander should just take a DNA test.
    Many if not most people are surprised when testing, something is off in her woodpile.
    She looks very atypical for her stated ancestry on paper.

    • madman says:

      Interesting how you, after all those comments disregarding suspicions of hidden ancestries, make a 180 degree turn at this profile. So Simon Bird, Tom Jones and Sean Connery shouldn’t do DNA tests, but Alicia should?

      This notion that every individual from a population must necessarily share certain traits is absurd. She clearly takes after her mother to some degree:

      • typepope says:

        I made no such “180 degree turn.”
        LOL, trolling hard aren’t we…
        I’m very active in studying population genetics and have a very good grasp of phenotypes and an understanding of diversity in populations.
        That said, I have studied many pictures of Alicia Vikander and her skin complexion is indeed olive and on par with Mediterranean population averages.

        A person whose family descends from “Swedish, small amount of Finnish, distant Baltic German” is VERY unlikely to have an olive complexion and Mediterranean skin tone.

        “So Simon Bird, Tom Jones and Sean Connery shouldn’t do DNA tests, but Alicia should?”

        Tom Jones has blue eyes, and his over tanning is noted endlessly, he’s not atypical for his region.
        Simon Bird was pictured on this site with bearded stubble/frizzy unkempt hair and nerd glasses; that will make nearly any persons features look exotic.
        Simon Bird is just a nerdy looking British guy similar to John Oliver in general phenotype.
        Sean Connery is Scottish and his features are actually in the norm of the general population, and I’m of Scottish ancestry myself and have relatives that look like him.
        You have attempted to spin my post and failed miserably in my opinion.
        You need to stop trolling.

        • madman says:

          Yes, I’m obviously trolling around here. For your information, I’m one of the main contributers to this site, so please don’t accuse me of trolling.

          I’m Swedish, with no other known ancestry. I also have “olive” skin (at least right now, winter is a different story) and know other people who does too. Yes, it’s not the average up here, but it’s far from unheard of.

          I never said those British celebrities look atypical, I just found it funny how extremely defensive you were on so many profiles when people claimed the celebrities had some unknown ancestry, and yet you did the exact same thing you accused other people of doing on this one.

  2. chris91 says:

    However you spin it, dak eyes and olive skin isn’t native to europeans nvm scandinavians. She even has some sort of dark undereye circles. Ethnic scandinavian will have pinkish undertone, light eyes and hair(not dark brown or black). Even south europeans got it from mixing with mideastern/indians/africans/asians. Since natives from scandinavia “lapps” usually make for light mixes, I assume she must have one of the other. Her parents could pass as semitic or sicilian, especially the mother.

  3. alexgxo says:

    She’s just an ethnic European. And even if she had sami blood, there are many Sami’s now who have blonde hair and blue eyes and look Nordic but just have almond eyes or high cheekbones or snub noses.

    Look at her pictures before she grew up. She was PALE AS HELL. She just started spray tanning and spending way more time the sun. Many British, American, Scandinavians and Germanic folks love tanning. She just doesn’t look “Swedish” to me even without the spray tan, actually looks more Southern German or Austria but she is still ethnically Northern European with a little German blood.

  4. Manila says:

    Her birth name is Alicia Amanda Vikander.

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