Bio: Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden. Her mother, Nina Norén is a Swedish actress, and her father, Rogelio Durán (1953–2006), was a Spanish flamenco singer from Badajoz.  At the age of five, she moved from Sweden to Flúðir, Iceland, with her mother and stepfather. 

In 2007, Noomi Rapace drew acclaim for her award-winning portrayal of a troubled teen mother in the Danish film Daisy Diamond, directed by Simon Staho. She won the two top film awards in Denmark (the Bodil and Robert prize) for Best Actress for her role in the film, which was also selected for the main competition at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The film was criticized for the abuse a baby actor was subjegated to during production.

n 2009 she played the role of Lisbeth Salander in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She reprised her role in the sequels The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. Since her breakthrough role,  Rapace has been in high demand in Hollywood.

On September 11, 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported that Rapace had been cast in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, her first English-speaking role, as a French Gypsy; the film was released in 2011. She has also been cast in a leading role in the 2012 Ridley Scott film Prometheus.

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