Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström

Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca Ferguson, hailing from Sweden, has made a notable impact in the acting world, particularly with her role as Ilsa Faust in the “Mission: Impossible” series. Her remarkable performances extend to “Dune” as Lady Jessica, “Doctor Sleep” as Rose, and her appearance in “The Greatest Showman.” Her portrayal of Elizabeth Woodville in “The White Queen” garnered her a Golden Globe nomination.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström

Date of birth:

October 19, 1983

Zodiac sign:



Stockholm, Sweden





Marital status:

Married to Rory St. Clair Gainer




5' 5" (1.65 m)


121 lbs (55 kg)


actress, producer

Early life

Born on October 19, 1983, in Stockholm, Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström grew up in a culturally diverse household. Her mother, Rosemary, originally from Britain, relocated to Sweden during her youth, where she met Rebecca’s father, a Swedish native. The family of six eventually faced the challenges of divorce, with Rebecca and her siblings staying with their mother.

Rebecca’s education, initially in English, shifted to Swedish schools following her family’s changes, giving her a bilingual edge. Her childhood was enriched with music and ballet lessons, and she fondly remembers her parents’ support and the joy of her upbringing.


Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible


Ferguson’s entry into the acting realm began at the tender age of 15. She showcased her talent early, taking part in various auditions. Her first notable role came in 1999 in “Nya tider,” a series that enjoyed a successful run until its closure in 2006.

After a minor role in “Ocean Ave.” in 2002, Ferguson ventured to the USA, seeking broader opportunities. She landed a significant part in “Drowning Ghost” in 2004 but eventually returned to Sweden due to limited opportunities in America. Rebecca Ferguson then took part in various short films produced in her homeland.

A chance meeting with director Richard Hobert in 2011 led to her leading role in “A One-way Trip to Antibes.” Ferguson’s breakthrough came with “The White Queen” in 2012, playing Elizabeth Woodville, opposite Max Irons, Janet McTeer, and others.

2013 saw her in “VI” with Gustaf Skarsgård and the graphic novel adaptation “Hercules,” alongside Dwayne Johnson. Ferguson’s versatility was further displayed in “The Red Tent” in 2014, where she secured the main role.

Her career took a significant turn with “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” in 2014, where Tom Cruise himself endorsed her for the role of Ilsa Faust. She devoted six weeks to intensive training for this physically demanding part.

Subsequent roles in “The Girl on the Train,” “The Snowman,” and “The Greatest Showman” solidified her status in the industry. In “Doctor Sleep” (2020), she was the main antagonist, and she joined an ensemble cast in Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” in 2021.


Rebecca Ferguson in Doctor Sleep

Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström Movies and TV Shows

  • 2021



  • 2021


    Lady Jessica

  • 2019

    Men in Black: International

    Riza Stavros

  • 2019

    Doctor Sleep

    Rose the Hat

  • 2018

    Mission: Impossible – Fallout

    Ilsa Faust

  • 2017


    Miranda North

  • 2017

    The Greatest Showman

    Jenny Lind

  • 2016

    The Girl on the Train

    Anna Watson

  • 2015

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Ilsa Faust

  • 2014



Rebecca Ferguson’s personal life and family

Between 2005 and 2015, Ferguson was in a relationship with Ludwig Hallberg, with whom she has a son, Isaac. In 2016, she began dating businessman Rory St. Clair Gainer, and they had a daughter, Saga, in 2018. The couple got married in 2019, making Rory St. Clair Gainer Rebecca Ferguson’s husband. They currently reside in Richmond, southwest London, and prefer to keep their family life private.


Rebecca Ferguson in The Greatest Showman

Talk Shows

  • 2023

    Access Hollywood

    Role: Guest

  • 2023

    Entertainment Tonight

    Role: Guest

  • 2023


    Role: Guest

  • 2021

    Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Role: Guest

  • 2021

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Role: Guest

  • 2019

    A Little Late with Lilly Singh

    Role: Guest

  • 2019

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

    Role: Guest

  • 2018

    Made in Hollywood

    Role: Guest

  • 2018

    The Talk

    Role: Guest

  • 2018

    The Graham Norton Show

    Role: Guest


Rebecca Ferguson young

Rebecca Ferguson now

Ferguson’s acting trajectory continues robustly. In 2023, she appeared in the critically acclaimed series “Silo” alongside Tim Robbins, and returned to her role in “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.” “Dune: Part Two” is slated for a 2024 release, where she reprises her role alongside Florence Pugh and Timothée Chalamet. “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two” is also anticipated for a summer release, promising to be as enthralling as its predecessors.

Published: November 22, 2023
Updated: June 24, 2024