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ALEXANDER SKARSGARD (Derek Hull) is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. Beginning his acting career at the age of eight and working steadily in films and on Swedish television, Skarsgard went on to study theatre at the Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK and at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. He returned to Sweden immediately following graduation and appeared in a number of productions making him a star in his native country. A visit to Los Angeles landed him a part in the hit comedy Zoolander (2001) where he starred alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell.

Skarsgard returned to Sweden to continue honing his acting skills with roles in film and theatrical productions including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bloody Wedding. He also co-wrote and co-directed an award winning short, Att doda ett barn (To Kill a Child) (2003), which was shown at the Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals.

His first big break in the US was in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill( 2008). More recently he played Eric Northman, in HBO's True Blood, which has been has been picked up for a fifth season.

Skarsgard recently wrapped What Maisie Knew directed by Scott McGehee starring opposite Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan, and Universal's Battleship, directed by Peter Berg starring opposite Liam Neeson.

Skarsgard can be seen in Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs, starring opposite James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, and Lars von Trier's Melancholia, co-starring with Kirsten Dunst. Other credits are 13 and Metropia, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Alex also voiced a role in the animated film The Moomins with his father, actor Stellan Skarsgard.


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