Stieg Larsson

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander

Noomi Rapace is the Swedish actress playing the part of Lisbeth Salander in the Millennium movies. Initially questioned whether she could handle the strong and unusual role of Lisbeth, she has risen throughout the movies. Today, her critically acclaimed part as Lisbeth has awarded her with multiple prizes from different Swedish juries. 

Noomi Rapace, née Noomi Norén, was born in Järna, outside Stockholm, Sweden. Her father was Rogelio Durán, a Spanish Flamenco singer, and her mother is Nina Norén, a Swedish actress. When she was five years old, she moved with her mother and stepfather to Flúðir, Iceland, where they stayed for three years. She gained her first acting experience when she played a non-speaking role in “Í skugga hrafnsins” by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson when she was eight years old.

Seventeen years old, she debuted on TV with the part of Lucinda Gonzales in the series “Tre Kronor”. 1998 to 1999, Noomi Rapace studied at Skara Skolscen. The following years, she worked at a couple of smaller theaters in Sweden until she was engaged at Swedens two finest theaters, Stockholms stadsteater and The Royal Dramatic Theatre in 2003. Until this date, she has participated in many Swedish plays and movies.

In 2010, Noomi Rapace was awarded for her leading actress role in the Swedish “Män som hatar kvinnor” (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) with a guldbagge (a Swedish Oscar) as well as Dagens Nyheters kulturpris.

Noomi Rapache is married to actor Ola Rapace, and together they have a son, Lev.

Quotes (translated)

“I’m interested in the darker aspects of mankind, that which is not easy or well balanced. The cracks.” (DN 2007-11-23)

“We need more extreme movies in Sweden, personal projects not necessarily aimed towards a big audience. I think such goals (big audiences) inhibits creativity” (DN 2007-11-23)

344 comments on “Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander”

  • David Sandoval says:

    I would be willing to give my story to Noomi.Its about a Man making friends, with a creature. That has a 23? foot print.Close to 12' foot tall an is like a giant pick pocket. Only thing is his shear total Rage.His senses are amazing ,an he doesn’t trust anyone. Not even the guy he’s stealing the beers from.

    God’s the boss.I just live hear .TeamEarthlings.

    warthog445@gmail. David Sandoval Hello Noomi .Your an Angel

    - David Sandoval,

  • Kate Moss. USA says:

    There really IS no comparison between the Swedish film version and American one. Noomi captures the part of Lisbeth without a flaw!!! Words cannot do justice to her performance!!! I have viewed the trilogy at least 3 times!!

    - Kate Moss. USA,

    • Daniela Fernandes, says:

      But only inswedish

      - chr,

    • Daniela Fernandes, says:

      Americans are definitely idiots and the reason why they are making the hollywood version so they can get the credits for it. That’s american ideology. No wonder why the world hates them. Dont worry coz the hollywood version will be a flop like what happened to the japanese movie “The Ring” in which hollywood made their own version but flops in the movie houses.

      - Jason,

  • alambique says:

    I could not be more impressed with the lead actress. Role fulfilled! Character, nuanced feeling, intensity, and drive. Superb.

    - alambique,

  • Martha Paulun says:

    I was extremely impressed with this actress and the whole subject matter. I have watched it 3 times and continue to find it done extremely well. I did not think I would enjoy the subtitles, but never really noticed them as I watched the movie. He was an excellent author ( I also read the books), very sad that he died so young.

    - Martha Paulun, USA,

  • Kirsten says:

    De beste serie die ik ooit gezien heb.


    Voor de 3e keer op televisie en weer aan de buis gekluisterd.

    Zij behoort wereldberoemd te zijn.

    - Kirsten, ssssssssss

  • Christine liberson says:


    - Christine liberson,

  • admin says:

    Perfect girl /holmes444

  • Mushy says:

    I would love to be able to hack into Lisabeth Salanders computer

    - Mushy,

  • MSG says:

    I’ve seen the 3 films with Ms. Rapace. She is spectacular. What a great actress. She IS The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

    - MSG,

    • chr, says:

      I think it’s that the equation cannot be answered by simple math that fits in the margins of the page. The answer is so long that it cannot written by hand, because the person who actually figured it out had to use a computer because it was so long. This is why I think she smiled. I don’t understand why at that particular moment.

      - Rebecca,

  • Alicia J. Bianchi B. says:

    Sra. Rapace, su Lisbeth Salaner es impagable. Sepa que tiene una fan en Argentina, al igual que el Sr. Larsson, RIP.

    - Alicia J. Bianchi B.,

  • shayla says:

    and your money

    - shayla,

  • Marion MacDougall says:

    I read the trilogy first and then saw the movie starring Rooney Mara. I thought it was great!! Then I saw the Swedish production with Noomi Rapace; It was awesome!!! To me, it was a top quality job of production and acting. It was a terrible loss, when Stieg Larsson passed away.

    - Marion MacDougall,

  • Paula says:


    Heb de serie reeds drie keer gezien.

    Zij verdient de amerikaanse oscar voor de rol van Lisbeth briljant door haar neergezet.

    - Paula,

  • Krisztina says:

    Noomi Rapace IS Lisbeth Salander. I started reading the first book slowly and by the time I got to the middle of it, I watched the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Rapace is amazing. The American version I actually wouldn’t give more than 3.5 stars out of 10 while the Swedish movies I bough all 3 a week after I saw the first one and I give them 10 out of 10. Rapace is sexy, stylish and brilliant, the perfect person to play Salander. The American version felt dull and washed out compared to the Swedish movies. I love Rapace, she’s a strong influence and a outstanding actress.

    - Krisztina,

    • Marcel, says:

      I agree too! They are great

      - nona,

    • Jersey Johnnie, says:

      I agree completely.The Swedish version gets the nod for best movie.

      - Ed Styffe Canada,

  • william charters says:

    M/S,Rapace, may I thank you for the trilogy of Millenium by Stieg Larsson & your

    portrait of Lisbeth Salander, Since 1940, when I was six years old, I have been an avid fan of the cinema. But there are only 4(four) films that wiill never be erased from my memory, I.E.. “To Kill A Mocking Bird”, “The African Queen”

    & “The Man who would b King”,,,& Now Ofcourse the Millenium Trilogy,,,. may I also state that this is the first time i have ever wrote to an actor,,,,Good Luck To your future endeavers… From the father of two girls & grandad of four boys, & one GIRL (ellia alice)

    - william charters,

  • Korrigan says:

    The American movie is not bad, I enjoyed it, but the original Swedish version is still a couple of notches better, and Noomie Rapace’s Lisbeth is still the best, there’s no contest for me, as well as Michael Nyqvist’s Mikael. And I’m not biased, since I’m a fan of Daniel Craig in his other movies, notably Bond.

    Noomie is Lisbeth, and Mara, while not “bad”, is only a pale copy.

    - Korrigan,

  • fr-wo.Zu says:

    Well, first I read the books some years ago, and I loved to read, I devoured them. Years later I watched the Swedish productioned films, admirable.

    I would say I “can’t” watch the US styled film since I do like the Swedish actors and their characters much more. In my opinion the American style doesn’t match to that what the author described!

    However, isn’t it a pity the author died?

    - fr-wo.Zu,

  • Name/signature says:

    I was Introduced to Stieg Larsson and the Millennium triology when my friend showed me the French version of “The Girl Who Played With Fire” because he did the cover art and it is me on the cover. The author name sounded familiar. When I returned from NYC to Albuquerque, I saw the books at my mom’s house and remembered that it was her books where I first saw them. I immediately read them because my French isn’t fluent enough for the copy I had. I was immersed and am a fan. I didn’t even know my friend had signed a deal using my face, but oh well. I hope to see more books as Frank Herbert’s son did with the Dune saga. The writing isn’t exactly the same or as sophisticated, it is for the love of the characters. Thank you Stieg Larsson for your books and your.cause. R.I.P.

  • Martin A. Egan says:

    I read all the Books long before seeing the Swedish Movies of Steig’s Books. I loved the Books and was half afraid to watch the Films but was totally wiped out by Ms Rapace’s take on Lisbeth Slander. I’ve seen Part 2 and 3 of the Movies at this point and intend buying all 3 on D.V.D (the Swedish versions). What a wonderful and courageous writer Mr Larrson was and that was matched by Ms Rapce’s peformance in the films. Best Book to Movie Films I have seen in a very long time. What was so good about the incidental criminal characters was that they were so ordinary yet so evil. The Films reminded me very strongly of Ingmar Bergman and his wonderful way of depicting the pain and desperation of human existence.

    - Martin A. Egan,

  • stemcn uk says:

    I watched all 3 movies in swedish with english subtitles on UK tv and was totally enthralled from the first movie to the last. They prompted me to buy all 3 books i have just second finished reading the girl with a dragon tattoo which is as enthralling as the movie thank you for such excellent entertainment Noomi Rapache was perfect as Lisbeth Salander as was Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist

    - stemcn uk,

  • Tom Kelly says:

    Noomi Rapace I heard never heard of. I read the trilogy and usually the films never match the books. However Noomi just blew me out of the water with her performance as Lisabeth. Incredible, brilliant , stunning and breath takingly good. Whatever award the Swedis people have bestowed on her if fully deserved. Magic.

    - Tom Kelly,

  • Nick, Norwich. UK. says:

    I was enthralled by the books and Noomi played the character of Lisbeth brilliantly! I’m really hoping the 4th book comes out soon and the follow up film with Noomi as the lead character again.

    - Nick, Norwich. UK.,

  • Angeline says:

    I hope Eva will finish the fourth book and Noomi will play the part of Lisbeth again, because she was brilliant.

    - Angeline,

  • mileniun trologie says:

    MILENIUN TROLOGIE is my page in littel hounor to Stieg Larsson and other scandinavian written paper you can see and vote

    - mileniun trologie,

  • M H U.K says:

    I have just watched both 1st & 2nd films now must see the 3rd film. Noomi Rapace is so compelling to watch as is Michael Nyquist. Plot line brilliant casting same, what a shame Columbia had to duplicate it – not for me thank you, even with the English audio it held you. I suppose the Larssons’ were seducted by the big bucks across the Pond! Very sad, but Eva is writing the fourth book, go to girl show them creeps what is happening.

    - M H U.K,

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