Noomi Rapace

Film Industry Role: Actress

Nationality: Swedish

Major works: "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"; "Close"

Awards and Nominations: Nominated

*photo credit is Lenita Visan

Noomi Rapace captured the eyes of the international entertainment community with her commanding, unnerving and critically acclaimed portrayal of ‘Lisbeth Salander’ in the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. In addition to her powerful presence on screen, as a gifted creative and multihyphenate, Rapace is a producer with a discerning eye and strong instincts that aid in translating and realizing storytelling for audiences.

Upcoming, she soon will be seen co-starring in Camille Delamarre’s Assassin Club alongside Henry Golding and Daniela Melchior. The film follows the story of an assassin tasked with killing seven people around the world, only to find out those seven people are other assassins hired to kill him. Paramount will be releasing the film digitally on May 16th followed by VOD on May 30th.    

Rapace recently wrapped production on Constellation for Apple TV+, a conspiracy-based psychological thriller drama series created and written by Peter Harness (Doctor Who). The series will follow Rapace as ‘Jo,’ a woman who returns to Earth after a disaster in space, only to discover that key pieces of her life seem to be missing. She will star alongside Jonathan Banks and James D’Arcy. The series will release Fall/Winter 2023.

Rapace began her acting career at the age of seven, in Iceland's In the Shadow of the Raven. She has since gone to appear in over twenty films and television shows. In 2007, she made her mark on the big screen with a breakthrough performance in the 2007 Danish film, Daisy Diamond. In the film, she portrays a troubled teen-mother who leaves her home to pursue a dream, ultimately failing and having a breakdown with fatal consequences. For her performance, she was honored with the Bodil Award (Denmark) and a Robert Award for Best Actress (Denmark).

She garnered high praise for her breakthrough performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first installment of the Millennium Trilogy. She won the Best Actress Guldbagge Award (Sweden) and the Best Actress International Jupiter Award (Germany) in addition to being nominated for an Orange British Academy Film Award for Lead Actress and a Best Actress European Film Award for her role. Rapace garnered subsequent praise for her performances in the second and third installments, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. Notably, in 2011, Rapace starred in Pernilla August's directorial debut of the Swedish film, Beyond (Svinalägorna), which won the Venice Film Festival Critic's Week prize as well as the Nordic Council Film Prize, and additionally, for which she received a Guldbagge Best Actress' Award for her performance. That same year, she starred in Pål Sletaune's Norwegian thriller Babycall, for which she received the Best Actress honor at the Rome Film Festival. Additionally, in 2021 she starred in Valdimar Jóhannsson’s supernatural drama, Lamb, which follows a childless couple who are sheep farmers in Iceland who find a newborn and decide to keep the child and raise it as their own regardless of the consequences. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Prize of Originality in Un Certain Regard as well as the 2022 Nordic Council Film Prize. Rapace also served as an Executive Producer on the film. 

Additional credits include Django, an English-language reimagining of Sergio Corbucci’s classic 1966 Western; Black Crab, a film adaptation of Swedish writer Jerker Virdborg’s thriller novel for Netflix; alongside Anamaria Marinca in the supernatural-horror film, You Won’t Be Alone, for which she also served as an Executive Producer; Tommy Wirkola’s Norwegian-language comedy thriller film, The Trip; Yuval Adler's The Secrets We Keep, opposite Joel Kinnaman and Chris Messina; Oscar nominated director Tom Van Avermaet’s short film, Hearts of Stone, in which she also served as an Executive Producer; season two of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, opposite John Krasinski for Amazon; Kim Farrant's Angel of Mine; Robert Budreau’s Stockholm, co-starring opposite Ethan Hawke; Vicky Jewson’s Close, David Ayer’s fantasy realm film Bright, alongside Will Smith and Joel Edgerton; Mikael Hafstrom’s Unlocked; Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday?; Steven Shainberg’s sci-fi adventure thriller Rupture, alongside Peter Stormare and Kerry Bishe; Daniel Espinosa’s film adaptation of the critically acclaimed Tom Rob Smith novel, Child 44 opposite Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman and Jason Clarke; Michaël R. Roskam’s crime-drama The Drop alongside Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini; Niels Arden Oplev’s Dead Man Down in which she reunited with director and starred opposite Colin Farrell; Guy Ritchie's sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law; as well as Brian DePalma’s Passion, alongside Rachel McAdams and Karoline Herfurth.