ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD (Charlie Venner) 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. Skarsgård 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 an a part in the hit comedy Zoolander (2001)
where he starred alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell.
Skarsgård 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 döda 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, Skarsgård 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 shooting their fourth season
and has been picked up for a fifth season.
Skarsgard recently wrapped Universal’s Battleship (2012) directed by Peter Berg
starring opposite Liam Neeson. He can next be seen in Melancholia (2011)
directed by Lars Von Trier starring opposite Kirsten Dunst. He can also be seen
in Gela Babluani’s 13 Tzameti with Sam Riley, Mickey Rourke and 50 Cent and the
independent film Metropia which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and he
voiced a role in the animated film The Moomins with his father, actor Stellan
Skarsgård. Skarsgard is currently in production on What Maisie Knew directed by
Scottie McGehee starring opposite Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan.