Pernilla August (born Mia Pernilla Wallgren, February 13, 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish actress.
Pernilla started acting during her childhood in theater and at school. Her professional acting career started in 1979 when she began studying acting. She attracted the attention of Ingmar Bergman, who cast her as a nanny in his film, Fanny och Alexander.
She has acted in several notable plays, including William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters.
Many Americans know her best as Shmi Skywalker (the mother of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader ) from the Star Wars prequel movies. She also appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
Pernilla has been married twice and changed her name both times. Her first marriage was to Klas Ã–stergren and her second to Bille August (1991 - 1997). Pernilla has three daughters named Agnes, Asta and Alba.