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 first started his acting career at age of seven, in Swedish drama movie Åke and His World (1984) in role as Kalle Nubb.
He landed his first break with a role as Jojjo in Swedish film Hunden som log (The Dog That Smiled) (1989), at the age of 13.
He got his television debut in Swedish crime thriller film Idag röd (1987) in role as Fred.
Alexander's breakthrough performance came as Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert in HBO miniseries Generation Kill (2008).
Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) action sci-fi with Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Eiza González
The Aftermath (2019) drama in role as Stefan Lubert, opposite Keira Knightley and Jason Clarke
Long Shot (2019) romantic comedy in role as Prime Minister James Steward, with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen
The Kill Team (2019) drama war in role as Sergeant Deeks, with Nat Wolff
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
He won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Perry Wright in HBO miniseries Big Little Lies (2017-2019).
Vita lögner (1999) Swedish soap opera in role as Marcus Englund
Revelations (2005) NBC event series in role as Gunnar Eklind
He won a Scream Award for his role as a vampire Eric Northman in HBO fantasy horror drama television series True Blood (2008–2014).
He played Brad Colbert in HBO miniseries Generation Kill (2008).
The Little Drummer Girl (2018) British television miniseries in role as Gadi Becke
On Becoming a God in Central Florida (2019) Showtime black comedy television series in role as Travis / Travis Stubbs
The Stand (2020) CBS All Access drama web television miniseries in role as Randall Flagg
Attended Leeds Beckett University in England.
Attended theater course at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.
Has five younger siblings: Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter.
He served in the Swedish military for 18 months.
Fan of Swedish football, supports club Hammarby IF.
Featured in the music videos for:
Lady Gaga "Paparazzi" (2009)
Cut Copy "Free Your Mind" (2013)
Fan of Robert Duvall and Gary Oldman.
Received an honorary degree from Leeds Beckett University in 2011.
Speaks French, Swedish and English.
Lives in East Village, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
He dated Alexa Chung (2015 -2017), Ellen Page (2012-2013), Kate Bosworth (2009-2011), Evan Rachel Wood (2009-2010) and Amanda Seyfried (2008).
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.