Rebecca Ferguson is a Swedish actress. She is best known for playing the role of Queen Elizabeth on the Starz series "The White Queen." She also starred in the blockbuster franchise film "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" in 2015.
Although born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström in Stockholm, Sweden on October 19, 1983, the young, talented actress is actually half-British on her mother's side. In fact, it is even believed that her mother may be distantly related to Sarah, Duchess of York, making Rebecca part-royalty as well. Considering the fact that she has gone on to star as Queen Elizabeth on the Starz series "The White Queen," that little tidbit of information is actually quite fitting.
It was likely that Rebecca would grow up to be a talented actress from a young age. Having attended Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm as a child, she had already been cast in her first major acting role at age 15 playing the character of Anna Gripenhielm on the popular Swedish soap opera "Nya tider." But after two seasons and over 50 episodes, Rebecca decided it was best to stay out of the spotlight for awhile. So, she moved to the seaside town of Simrishamn, Sweden with her boyfriend and child to lay low for a time, even starting her own Argentine dance studio and working on several short film art projects in the process.
Of course, someone of such talent can't stay hidden for long. By 2011, Swedish director Richard Hobert spotted her at the local town market and decided to cast her in his film "A One-Way Trip to Antibes." This would go on to land her a nomination for a Rising Star Award at the Stockholm International Film Festival in 2011, getting her back into the acting game for good. By 2013, along with being cast in the aforementioned "The White Queen," she was well on her way to major roles in both the 2014 film "Hercules" and the highly anticipated "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" the following year. From there, the future was essentially wide open for her now piping hot career.