Alexander Skarsgård

Date Of Birth:
25 August 1976
Place Of Birth:
Stockholm, Sweden
Best Known As:
Vampire sheriff Eric Northman on TV's True Blood
Alexander Skarsgård is a tall, lanky Swedish actor who was first known to American audiences as the vampire "sheriff" Eric Northman in the cable TV series True Blood (2008, also starring Anna Paquin). Now television viewers know him more as disruptor Lukas Matsson in the series Succession, which Skarsgård joined in its third season (in 2021). A well-known TV actor in Sweden since his teens (the 1989 series Hunden somlog), Skarsgård's international breakthrough came with the 2008 HBO miniseries Generation Kill, the story of American soldiers in Iraq in 2003. He joined the cast of True Blood in 2008, and by the second season (2009), he'd become a regular cast member and a rising star. Skarsgård has since established himself as a leading man and supporting player in several high-profile television series, including Big Little Lies (2017-19), for which he won an Emmy. He was nominated again (twice) for his performance in Succession (2022-23).
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Raised in Sweden in a family of actors, Alexander Skarsgård has been onscreen since the age of 13. His roles include the Swedish romantic comedy Hundtricket (2002, The Dog Trick) and, as an ill-fated. mindless male model, Zoolander (2001, starring Ben Stiller)… His father is actor Stellan Skarsgård, star of the original version of Insomnia (1997)… Alexander can be seen roughing up Lady Gaga in her music video “Paparazzi.”

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