Jamie Neish: It’s the girl from UNCLE’s turn to star

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If you’d heard the name Alicia Vikander three years ago, it’s fair to say your reaction would be somewhere along the lines of ‘Who?’

Now, however, the 26-year-old actress from Gothenburg, Sweden is everywhere, having starred in ten features since the start of 2012, from a turn as Princess Matilda of Great Britain in the award-winner A Royal Affair to starring as a cunning AI in Ex Machina.

Her latest film, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., opens in the UK this weekend, a fast-paced, colourful globe-trotting action adventure from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie, who hasn’t made a film since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

In it, Vikander goes toe-to-toe as Gaby Teller with her co-stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, giving them a run for their money, checking yet another genre off her resume.

She shows no sign of slowing down either. After she has done promoting The Man from U.N.C.L.E., she has yet another four films set for release this year.

Amond them are Burnt, in which she stars opposite Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, and The Danish Girl, which has massive awards buzz around it. The latter also stars recent Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, one of the world’s first recipients of gender reassignment surgery.

It looks to be as much Vikander’s film as it is Redmayne’s and could bag her her first Academy Award nomination. She’s certainly proved herself worthy.

In the past few years, we’ve seen female stars such as Emma Stone, Kristen Wiig, Felicity Jones and Shailene Woodley break out. Now it’s Alicia Vikander’s turn.