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The Danish Girl's Alicia Vikander can 'relate' to trans role

By Helen Pye

Alicia Vikander said she was "totally able to relate" to the fears of her character in new film The Danish Girl, whose husband becomes the world's first sex reassignment patient.

The Swedish actress stars as real-life artist Gerda Wegener who supports her husband Einar - played by Eddie Redmayne -as he accepts he is transgender and undergoes the groundbreaking surgery that allows him to live as Lili Elbe.

She said she was able to empathise with "the fear of thinking a change will mean you lose the person that you love", adding, "It feels like I was totally able to relate to this marriage and relationship in a way of going on a big journey."

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