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Alexander Skarsgård
Full name
Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård
Date of birth
August 25, 1976 (1976-08-25) (age 47)
Place of birth
Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård, born in Stockholm, Sweden August 25, 1976 (1976-08-25) (age 47), is a Swedish actor who portrays Stone Hopper in the 2012 feature film Battleship - based on the iconic board game of the same name. He is most recognizable as the character Eric Northman in the HBO hit series True Blood. He is the son of film actor Stellan Skarsgård who portrayed Bootstrap "Bill" Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

Skarsgård is fluent in Swedish as demonstrated in several scenes throughout the series True Blood.

Life and career[]

Skarsgård has acted in several Swedish TV series and movies and served in the Swedish Marines. In 2003 he was nominated for a Guldbagge for male supporting role in the movie Hundtricket - The Movie (English title: The Dog Trick). He revealed to the New York Daily News he used to be an anti-terrorist marine in Sweden.

Since 2005, with his performances in Revelations and The Last Drop, he has taken part in international productions. In 2007 he played one of the main characters, Sgt. Brad Colbert, in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.

In 2009, Skarsgård appeared in the music video for pop singer Lady GaGa's "Paparazzi".

Career Highlights[]

In addition to his recurring (nearly every episode) role as the vampire sheriff Eric Northman on HBO's "True Blood" (which begins its fifth season in 2012), Alexander has a number of film projects in the works including "The East," "Disconnect," "What Maisie Knew," and of course Battleship.

Year Film Role
2001 Zoolander Meekus
2007 Järnets änglar Stefan
2009 Metropia Stefan (voice)
Beyond the Pole Terje
2010 13 Jack
Moomins and the Comet Chase Moomintroll
(voice: English version)
Trust Me Alex
2011 Melancholia Michael
Straw Dogs Charlie
2012 The East Benji
What Maisie Knew Lincoln
Battleship Stone Hopper
Television series[1]
Year Series Role
2007 Golden Brown Eyes Boogey Knights Sångare
2008 Generation Kill Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert
2008-2014 True Blood Eric Northman

Awards and nominations[]

Year Award Work Category Result
2003 Odense International Film Festival Att döda ett barn Grand Prix Won
Press Award Won
Guldbagge Awards Hundtricket - The Movie Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2009 Scream Award Eric Northman in True Blood Best Villain Won
Satellite Awards True Blood Best Television Ensemble Won
2010 SAG Awards True Blood Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Saturn Award True Blood Best Supporting Actor in Television Nominated
NewNowNext Awards True Blood Brink of Fame: Actor Nominated