Alicia Vikander

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Vikander in 2014, photo by

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 has also starred in the films Pure, The Crown Jewels, A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina (2012), The Fifth Estate, Hotell, Seventh Son, Testament of Youth, Son of a Gun, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Burnt, Jason Bourne (2016), The Light Between Oceans, Tulip Fever, Euphoria (2017), Submergence, Tomb Raider (2018), Earthquake Bird, The Glorias, Blue Bayou, The Green Knight, and Beckett, and on the series Andra Avenyn and Irma Vep.

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, with whom she has a son.

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 paternal line can be traced back to her seventh great-grandfather, Clement Clementsson.

Alicia’s paternal grandfather was Erik Yngve Vikander (the son of Lars Erik Vikander and Hilda Kristina Eriksson). Alicia’s grandfather Erik was born in Smedjebacken, Norrbärke, Dalarna County,. Lars was the son of Olof Olsson and Brita Olsdotter. Hilda was the daughter of Johan Eriksson and Kristina/Christina Leontina Leonardsson.

Alicia’s paternal grandmother was Ingrid Maria Lundberg (the daughter of Johan Edvard Eriksson Lundberg and Maria Charlotta Nilsson). Ingrid was born in Smedjebacken, Norrbärke, Dalarna County. Johan Edvard was the son of Johan Ersson Lundberg and Anna Andersdotter Sjöblom. Maria Charlotta was the daughter of Nils Olsson and Johanna Svensdotter.

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 Maria Fahl and Svante Vikander, 2016, by kathclick/Bigstock

Sources: Genealogy of Alicia Vikander –

Birth record of Alicia’s father –

Genealogy of Alicia’s paternal grandfather, Erik Yngve Vikander –

Genealogy of Alicia’s paternal grandmother, Ingrid Maria (Lundberg) Vikander –

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

86 Responses

  1. hugomariano says:

    Not white

  2. Svenpetersen says:

    Naming paternal and maternal grandparents, etc means nothing. She should show her actual DNA breakdown from one of the main genetic test companies. Otherwise she’s deflecting. She mentions Finnish people as if they are dark. They most definitely are not! That’s another deflection. One look at her mother tells me she has gypsy and/or Indian blood. No one is fooled by this masquerade. I don’t understand why she’s hiding it and insisting she’s Scandinavian through and through when clearly she’s not. Giving Swedish sounding names of ancestors means nothing. Genes don’t lie, people do. I’m a Swede, she looks nothing like the rest of the population. It’s not just about having blond hair and light eyes, because Swedes can have brown hair but almost always light colored eyes or blond hair with brown eyes. It’s also about having Scandinavian facial features. There’s nothing Scandinavian about her look and especially her mother’s looks.

    • bluexoxo says:

      This is a delusional and severely uninformed take. Brown eyes are not uncommon in the south of Sweden where she’s from. Eyecolour is a complex trait influenced by multiple genes, so it can vary widely within any population. Several Swedish governors have had brown/dark eyes. Over a quarter of ethnic Swedes have dark eyes and this is true of other Scandinavians as well.

      Her complexion looks darker than that of an average Swede because she tans. She used to look really pale growing up. Her hair has clearly darkened over the years.

      TL;DR a considerable amount of ethnic Swedes have brown eyes and there’s no evidence to suggest that she’s anything other than a Swede.

      • Svenpetersen says:

        I did say, “ or blond hair with brown eyes”. She’s not ethnically Swedish no matter how badly you wish it so. We know what we look like when we tan, definitely NOT like an East Indian. She has East Indian blood and had a nose job. The bump is noticeable in her profile.

        • andrew says:

          @ svenpetersen

          The fact that she is not entirely ethnically Swedish is already documented if you see her genealogy, with German and Swedish names. We may agree she’s not the most Swedish looking person around, but she is definitely not part “East Indian”. Her family is also quite well-off as usual in the showbiz, daughter of a phsychiatrist and of an actress with aristocratic roots, so she is unlikely a “gypsy” or so.

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