It appears that Lisbon is in vogue with A-listers these days, with the news that Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender have settled in the Portuguese capital. They’ll be able to hobnob with singer Madonna, who moved there in 2017 after her then 11-year-old son, David Banda, joined the Benfica football team youth academy.
Speaking to Vogue magazine, where she is featured on the cover, Oscar-winning actress Alicia revealed that she and Fassbender, whom she married in October 2017, are now living in Lisbon. She is from Gothenburg, Sweden, while he is from Kerry, Ireland, but their respective film careers take them all around the world for months at a time.
It was reported last year that Michael had spent £1.7/$2.35 million on what was presumed back then to be a holiday home in one of the Portuguese capital’s best addresses. The luxury apartment is set in the upmarket hilltop district of Alfama and it overlooks the Tagus river. It has a private garden terrace and swimming pool and is part of a complex of more than 20 new homes. Alicia has described Lisbon as very “Williamsburg-ish,” referencing the Brooklyn neighbourhood of that name.
Michael (40) lived in London for many years, and he will be reprising his role as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto in the release this year of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which was filmed in Montreal. Alicia (29) was also formerly based in the English capital, and she will star as Lara Croft in the forthcoming Tomb Raider movie, which was filmed in South Africa and England.
The Hollywood stars first met in 2014 on the set of the film, The Light Between Oceans, in which they played a married couple. It is believed that they had an environmentally-friendly Spanish wedding at Finca Can Marti, an eco-hotel based in a stylish white-washed house in Ibiza that is over 400 years old.