August 25, 1976
6 ft 4 in | 194 cm
89 kg | 196 lbs
44 in | 112 cm
13 US | 46 EU
32 in | 81 cm
Alexander Skarsgard was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 25, 1976, is an Swedish actor. Young Alexander Skarsgard began his acting career at age of 7, in Swedish drama movie Åke and His World (1984) in role as Kalle Nubb. Alexander's breakthrough performance came as Brad Colbert in HBO miniseries Generation Kill (2008).
He won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award for his role as Perry Wright in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies (2017).
He portrayed a vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood (2008–2014).
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) drama romance opposite Kristen Wiig and Bel Powley
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) adventure romance opposite Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson
The East (2013) thriller drama opposite Brit Marling and Ellen Page
What Maisie Knew (2012) drama romance with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan
The Giver (2014) science fiction opposite Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes
Straw Dogs (2011) psychological thriller action with Kate Bosworth and James Woods
Battleship (2012) science fiction action opposite Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Liam Neeson
War on Everyone (2016) black comedy opposite Michael Peña and Theo James
Wings of Glass (2000) drama romance with Sara Sommerfeld
The Diver (2000) thriller opposite Izabella Scorupco
Exit (2006) drama thriller with Mads Mikkelsen
Mute (2018) neo-noir science fiction opposite Paul Rudd and Sam Rockwell
Zoolander (2001) comedy in role as Meekus
Hold the Dark (2018) thriller opposite Jeffrey Wright and Riley Keough
Melancholia (2011) psychological drama science fiction opposite Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland
Skarsgard is a fan of Swedish football, supports club Hammarby IF.
He featured in the music video for Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” in 2009.
Served in the Swedish military for 18 months.
He played Gadi Becke in television series The Little Drummer Girl (2018).
Lives in East Village, Manhattan.
I don't want people to know too much about me. It's easier for people to suspend belief that way. There's a risk when people see you in a part and they're watching Alexander Skarsgard.
When I step into a project, I need to feel that there's a challenge, something new, something fresh about it. That being said, I'm kind of attracted to characters with a darkness or a sadness that they carry with them.
I was nervous when I first started True Blood (2008). If you do a play or a movie, you know the complete arc of the character. You can see the end. But with a show like True Blood, you don't know what's going to happen.
I don't want to sound like a cliché but my hobbies are boating, fishing, lying in front of a fire and drinking red wine.
I was raised by this whole community of artists. It was pretty wild.
It's all about trying to find those projects where you get to enjoy yourself, because I think that's when you create as well: when you're genuinely excited about something. Then you're not just doing it because it's your job.
I like to dress up and put on a nice suit for a party or a special event; I do enjoy it, but on a daily basis I wear stuff that I feel comfortable in.