A Royal Affair

Tomb Raider's Alicia Vikander Is a Racy Royal

Above: Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander in A Royal Affair (2012). Home page/Film page: Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair. Photos: Courtesy Magnolia Pictures.


Before she was Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (opens March 16th), Alicia Vikander made this steamy film about queenly adultery. Set in 18th-century Europe, A Royal Affair stars the Academy Award-winner as a British princess wed to the King of Denmark, Christian VII. Unfortunately, the King is mentally unstable, and the beautiful young Queen lives a miserable life, trapped by a repressive Scandinavian society. Enter a German doctor, Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), who, as physician to the royal couple, befriends the King and persuades him to make reforms. But Dr. Struensee also falls for the Queen, and their scandalous affair threatens to bring their whole world crashing down. Watch the film here for free.