If you’re gushing all over the pictures of Swedish actor Ola Rapace, here is all you must know about him. Here, we will tell you all about the actor and his former wife Noomi Rapace. There are famous celebrities budding in their respective careers in the tinsel town and it is time we know them better.
Who is Ola Rapace?
Ola is a 48-year-old Swedish actor who was born in Stockholm on December 3. There isn’t much information related to his early life or family. However, we know that his parents separated when he was just one-year-old. They used to live in Vallentuna and had a humble background.
As a kid, Rapace loved to play football and loved Heavy Metal. He completed his education from Montpellier in France with philosophy as his main subject. But this was the same place where he took interesting in acting and learned that he could hone the skill.
Ola is currently single but was married to another Swedish actress Noomi. The couple had tied the knot in 2001 and were together for 10 years before separation. They have a son called Lev Rapace.
Ola Rapace is not the real name of the famous artist as his actual name is Pär Ola Norell but he changed it. Rapace stands for ‘bird of prey’ in Italian and French. Both Ola and Noomi agreed to the name change after the wedding. Noomi took up the surname Rapace and that’s still her public name after divorce.
Ola’s daughter, Line Rapace, was born in 1999. She is the lovechild of Ola and Malin Morgan. Lev was born in 2003 and is Ola and Noomi’s son.
Ola Rapace career
Ola Rapace is a dynamic actor who has worked in films and series. His first role was Lukas Moodysson’s movie Together. The movie won several awards at an international level including Philadelphia Film Festival Jury Award and Paris Film Festival Special Jury Prize.
The movie gave him a lot of exposure but his breakthrough moment happened after TV series Tusenbröder. He was then roped in as Stefan Lindman in Wallander and continued to outshine his contemporaries. Ola Rapace continued with many TV series related to crime, like Crimes of Passion, Anna Pihl, and more.
The first ever English-language film done by the Ola was in Rancid in 2004 and starred Mathew Settle. Skyfall was a much bigger project that fell into his lap later and he portrayed the character of a hitman.
In 2015, Ola Rapace moved to Paris and has been working in several French, Swedish, and international projects. In 2016, the actor was a part of the French science fiction movie called Ares and later he signed up for French TV-series Section Zéro.
Ola played a supporting character in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets directed by Luc Besson’s in 2017. In 2018, the actor played the antagonist in Netflix/BBC’s The Last Kingdom season 3. This year, he was a part of Danish drama Below the Surface and there is much more to come.
Who is Noomi Rapace?
Noomi Rapace is not just Ola’s ex-wife but also a famous Swedish actress known for her iconic role as Lisbeth Salander. Just like Ola, she too has a dynamic career and has played pivotal roles in several films and shows. She is also a Spanish flamenco singer and is much known for her multiple talents.
Noomi Rapace career
As a child, Noomi was brought up by her mom and stepdad in Iceland. Here, she started her acting experience and got her first role in a movie called Í skugga hrafnsins (Shadow of the Raven). Noomi was only 8 years old and played an excellent part of a nonspeaking child.
By the age of 15, she came back to Sweden to study theater. She worked on stage regularly and then on television and art-house films. She was a part of a long-running TV series called Tre kronor (Three Crowns).
Ola and Noomi were costars for the movie Beyond where Noomi had to play a character who needed to come to terms with her past. She was an abused daughter of two alcoholics and her role was critically appreciated.
The duo had also worked together in a Danish film Daisy Diamond, where Noomi was an aspiring actress and a single mom. After her role as Lisbeth Salander, her career took a new turn. The role demanded a lot from her, like learning kickboxing, material arts, riding a motorcycle, and piercing.
Three famous movies done by Noomi The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, were shot one after another and were all released in 2009. Noomi’s success goes much to her expressing inner life with complicated characters. She is a fine actress who has been appreciated internationally from fans and critics alike.
Famous roles by Noomi Rapace
Noomi appeared in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 2011 and it was her first English language movie. She was then signed for Prometheus in 2012, Dead Man Down in 2013, and The Drop in 2014. The following year, she was seen as the wife of Soviet MGB agent in series Child 44 and in 2017 she starred in Unlocked. That year, she was also appreciated for Bright, a Netflix’s release.
In 2018, she was a part of Stockholm, which was a fictional version of 1973 hostage crisis that led to the term Stockholm syndrome. In 2019, she was seen in Close with an interesting role of a female celebrity bodyguard based on the life of Jacquie Davis. She was also seen in Angel of Mine as a grieving mother who stalks a family. We can now imagine why the sky is the limit for Noomi Rapace right now.
Both Ola Rapace and Noomi Rapace have had growing careers in the world of acting and it just keeps getting better. They are two of the most promising Swedish actors who have made a mark in Hollywood and continues to do so. Although they are not together anymore, they’re respective name change has brought in a lot of luck and honor.