Introducing 'Sherlock Holmes' Star Noomi Rapace

At 31, Noomi Rapace is a well-seasoned actress, with roles in films such as 2009’s Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Though best known for her roles as the tattooed Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish film adaptations of the wildly popular “Millenium” series (by journalist) Stieg Larrsson, the part-Spanish actress may be well on her way towards creating a mark within the English-language film industry.

Rapace stars in the upcoming action/mystery film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which marks her English-language debut. The film, which hits theatres this Friday, follows Sherlock Holmes (played by Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (played by Jude Law) as they team up to bring down a criminal mastermind named Professor Moriarty (played by Jared Harris). In the film, Rapace plays Sim, a gypsy fortuneteller who joins Holmes and Dr. Watson on their international quest to defeat Moriarty.

Born from a Swedish actress and Spanish flamenco singer, Rapace moved to Sweden at the tender age of five and later to Iceland, where she made her film debut through a minor role in the film In the Shadow of the Raven. As a teen, she left home for theatre school and made her television debut as Lucinda Gonzales in the Swedish soap opera Tre kronor. Though she drew acclaim for her portrayal of a teen mom in 2007’s Danish film Daisy Diamond, Rapace’s breakout role in Europe would definitely have to be her role as Lisbeth Salander, as we mentioned before. Rapace portrayed her in three films; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.

Besides her role in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, we will also see Rapace in the upcoming sci-fi film Prometheus, in which she plays the lead role.

Now that she’s immersed herself in the English language, we look forward to seeing what other roles Rapace will snag. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is set to hit theatres on Dec. 16, 2011. Check out the action-packed trailer below and watch out for Rapace!