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Alexander Skarsgard (Lincoln) is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. He began his acting career at the age of eight and worked 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 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 home 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 with the HBO miniseries Generation Kill (2008). His portrayal of Marine Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert astonished critics and audiences alike. Immediately following, Skarsgard was cast in the role of Eric Northman, a 1,000-year-old Viking vampire, on HBO's hit series True Blood (2008), where he currently stars alongside Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The show rode to success on quality scripts, great acting and the public's obsession with the vampire genre. True Blood is currently airing their fifth season.

Next up will be The East (2012) for Fox Searchlight directed by Zal Batmanglij starring opposite Brit Marling and Ellen Page; and Disconnect (2012) directed by Henry Alex Rubin starring opposite Paul Patton, Jason Bateman and Andrea Riseborough. Recent film credits also include Universal's Battleship directed by Peter Berg with Liam Neeson, the award winning Melancholia directed by Lars Von Trier starring opposite Kirsten Dunst and Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs. Other films include Gela Babluani's 13 with Sam Riley, Mickey Rourke and 50 Cent; the independent film Metropia which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and the animated film The Moomins with his father, actor Stellan Skarsgard.

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