After making a career for herself in Sweden’s film and TV industries, Ferguson landed a breakthrough starring role in the English-speaking market when she was cast as the lead in the BBC One miniseries The White Queen. The series, adapted from a Philippa Gregory novel of the same name, is set during the British historic period now known as the Wars of the Roses and centers the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville (Ferguson), who was Queen consort of England in the 15th century.
It wasn’t just the juicy part that had Ferguson invested in her character. As she told Collider, the female-centric take on historical fiction was also a huge draw for her. “I think it’s fascinating to tell a story that has been told before, but from the female perspective,” Ferguson said. “We’re breaking in a new ground, in a different way. Three strong women are fighting the same battles, wanting a throne and wanting power because of safety for their children and for their own safety.”
The series aired on Starz in the US, and Ferguson was nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film at the 2014 Golden Globes.