Alexander Skarsgård

Biography: Alexander Skarsgård, known to television fans as Eric Northman, the undead owner of Fangtasia, on HBO's vampire drama True Blood, is a Swedish actor and director born into an acting family from Stockholm, Sweden. Alex made his acting debut in the 1984 award-winning drama by Allan Edwall, Åke och hans värld (Åke and His World). Throughout the '80s, he worked as a child actor in movies including his portrayal of Jojjo in Hunden som log (The Dog That Smiled), which made him a teenage sensation in Sweden in 1989.

When he became a teenager, Alex didn't want to go into acting any longer and turned down further acting jobs. He decided to major in Political Science and also entered the military service as a marine. He intended to take up architecture in Stockholm but instead attended Leeds Metropolitan University in England, where he studied language. After only six months, he left the school with a Cambridge Proficiency Certificate. In 1997, he was drawn back into acting and
enrolled at Marymount Theatre School in New York City for two years. He then came back to Sweden and applied what he learned as he appeared in several Scandivanian-produced films. In 2003, he shared two awards with writer-director Björne Larson at the Odense International Film Festival -- the Grand Prix and the Press Award, for their work on the drama short Att döda ett barn (To Kill a Child). During the course of his career, he signed with the agency Endeavor in Los Angeles and New York and with Markham & Froggatt, Britain's most acclaimed agency, to represent him in Europe.

American film-goers were first introduced to the younger Skarsgård (as his father Stellan was already known for his roles in Good Will Hunting, Amistad, Deep Blue Sea among others) as Meekus, the dim-witted male model friend of Ben Stiller in the 2001 comedy Zoolander. In 2007, he donned his military gear as Bravo Company Sergeant Brad 'Iceman' Colbert fighting in the HBO miniseries, Generation Kill, an adaptation of Evan Wright's book about a reporter embedded in the Iraq War during its first phase in 2003. In 2008, Alex put on his fangs, pale skin, and cold stare as the vampire bar owner Eric Northman in Alan Ball's TV series adaptation of the Charlaine Harris' The Southern Vampire Mysteries, True Blood.

Alexander Skarsgård's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 55
Highest Metascore: 80 Melancholia
Lowest Metascore: 29 13
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
10 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Tarzan Jul 1, 2016 Tarzan tbd
47 The Giver Aug 15, 2014 Father / Jonas's Father / Father 6.1
68 The East May 31, 2013 Benji / Benji 7.5
74 What Maisie Knew May 3, 2013 Lincoln / Lincoln 8.0
64 Disconnect Apr 12, 2013 Derek / Derek Hull 8.1
41 Battleship May 18, 2012 Stone Hopper / Commander Stone Hopper 4.6
80 Melancholia Nov 11, 2011 Michael 7.1
29 13 Oct 28, 2011 Jack 4.8
45 Straw Dogs Sep 16, 2011 Charlie 5.9
47 Metropia May 12, 2010 Stefan 7.2
61 Zoolander Sep 28, 2001 Meekus 6.7