Alexander Skarsgard (born 25.08.1976)
Alexander Skarsgard is a Swedish actor best known for his role in the vampire series 'True Blood'.
Childhood: Alexander Skarsgard was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His parents are actor Stellan Skarsgard and physician My. He landed his first acting role at aged 7 in 'Åke och hans värld' ('Åke and His World') and became well-known by the age of 13 at which point he quit the film business for 7 years. At 19, he served in the army for 18 months before attending Leeds Metropolitan University in England for less than a year studying English. In 1997, he began a theatre course at Marymount Manhattan College in New York but soon returned to Sweden.
Acting career: Alexander Skarsgard won the role of Meekus in 'Zoolander' starring Ben Stiller in 2001. He landed a Guldbagge nomination in 2003 for his appearance in 'Hundtricket-the Movie' ('The Dog Trick'). After moving to LA in 2004, he won a breakthrough role in the war series 'Generation Kill' opposite James Ransone and Lee Tergesen for which he had to learn an American accent. He appeared in 'True Blood' opposite Anna Paquin in 2008 after sending in an audition tape to the producers. In 2009, he made an appearance in Lady Gaga's 'Paparazzi' music video. In the same year, he also gave his voice to Stefan in the animated movie 'Metropia'. In 2010, he appeared in the British comedy 'Beyond the Pole' starring Rhys Thomas and Stephen Mangan. In 2011, he appeared in Lars von Trier's 'Melancholia' alongside Kirsten Dunst and the 'Straw Dogs' remake with Kate Bosworth and James Marsden. In 2012, he was in sci-fi flick 'Battleship' with Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna.
Other career ventures: Alexander Skarsgard modelled suits for Hickey Freeman in 2010 in an ad campaign that reached The Wall Street Journal Magazine, GQ and Details.
Personal life: Alexander Skarsgard supports Swedish football team Hammarby IF. He received an honorary degree in 2011 from Leeds Metropolitan University. In 2011, he split with Kate Bosworth who he had been in a relationship with for 2 years.
Biography by Contactmusic.com