Place of Birth: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Date of Birth: October 3, 1988
Ethnicity: Swedish, approx. 1/4 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 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”.
“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 Waldemar Timper, later Hasse, and of Elmi Irene Maria Sandholm). Solveig was Finnish. Elmi was the daughter of Alfred Gabriel Sandholm and Anna Charlotta Asujamaa.
Sources: Genealogy of Alicia Vikander (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Alicia’s maternal grandfather, Anders Gustaf Edvard Fahl – http://www.wikitree.com
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