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Pernilla August

Pernilla August (born Mia Pernilla Hertzman-Ericson; 13 February 1958) is a Swedish actress, director and script-writer. Being one of Sweden's leading actresses and a long time collaborator with director Ingmar Bergman, she won the Best Actress Award at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for her role in his The Best Intentions. Her international career includes the role of Shmi Skywalker in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. August started acting during her childhood in theater and at school. Her professional acting career started in 1975 when acclaimed director Roy Andersson cast her in a minor role in the film Giliap the same year, followed from 1979 by films by other internationally renowned directors, Vilgot Sjöman (among them, the film about Alfred Nobel, 1983) and Lasse Hallström. She studied acting at Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting in Stockholm 1979-82. Before finishing her studies, she even attracted the attention of Ingmar Bergman who cast her in his film Fanny and Alexander (1982), playing the nanny in the director's romanticised portrait of his childhood.


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