A native of Sweden, STELLAN SKARSGARD (Prince Escalus) is considered one of the country's top stage and film actors. He began his career with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where he spent 16 years working with such leading directors as Alf Sjoberg and Ingmar Bergman. His breakthrough role came in the 1982 Swedish film "The Simpleminded Murderer," for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
In addition to the more than 27 films in which he starred in Sweden, Skarsgard's credits include "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," "The Hunt for Red October," "Oxen," (Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film), "Breaking the Waves," which won the Grand Prix at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, and the Norwegian Film "Insomnia." Skarsgard has been honored with awards from the Berlin Film Festival, the Swedish motion picture industry, the Rouen Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, the St. Sebastian Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival. He won Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema in 1998. He recently starred in David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Rouge Bresil" and Lars von Trier's "Melancholia." Other films include "Angels & Demons," "Mamma Mia!," the second and third installments in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, "Thor" and "The Avengers" (as Selvig) and "Good Will Hunting." Soon, Skarsgard will be seen in "The Railway Man" with Nicole Kidman, Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," "The Physician" with Sir Ben Kingsley, Peter Chelsom's "Hector and the Search for Happiness," again as Selvig in "Thor: The Dark World," and in Disney's updated version of "Cinderella."