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23 May 2014

Aleksa Lundberg (1981 - ) actress, activist.

Lundberg, at the age of 15, was able to start an acting acting career with a recurring small male part in the Swedish television series, Kenny Starfighter. Three years later she started transition, which was completed in 2002. In 2003 she was the television miniseries, Veganspöket Lisa, but uncredited.

After 13 attempts she was accepted in 2006 to study drama at Teaterhögskolan, Göteborg. As she grew older she came to resent that Swedish law had prohibited her from freezing sperm before transition, and therefore from having children. She stopped hiding that she had been born male, and launched a one-women show, Infestus, which told of her life as a boy, her transition, and life as a grown woman. She played this all over Sweden to acclaim.


In 2009 she graduated in drama, the first known trans person to do so in Sweden. However she found that she was not able to obtain work with any of the institutional theatres.

By 2010, apart from the Christian Democrats, the main political parties supported repeal of the 1972 law which prohibited transsexuals from having children after surgery. In 2011 Aleksa played in a stage version of Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf.

The sterilisation requirement was removed in 2013. Aleksa, and another 141 other transsexuals claimed damages of 300.000 kronor each, but received neither damages nor an apology.

In 2014 she was cast in Jean Genet's The Maids, but after a few weeks of rehearsal realized that she could not play the transgender implications of the play. Then, in three days, she wrote Maids! The transgender version and premiered it at Stockholm's Theatre Three.
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Genet’s The Maids need not be cast for male or trans actors.   The 1974 film version featured Glenda Jackson and Susannah York as the maids, and the 2013 Sydney Theatre Company version starred Cate Blanchette and Isabelle Huppert.

In more than one interview Aleksa insists that she will never reveal her boy name.   Either she is one of very few actors who never consult their IMDB page, or she needs to explain that the claimed birthname there was but a temporary nom d'étage.

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