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Alexander Skarsgård stars in HBO's "True Blood" as ancient vampire Eric Northman.

On the silver screen, Skarsgård stars in Peter Berg's "Battleship," opposite Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson, as Commander Stone Hopper. Skarsgård will next appear in Fox Searchlight's "The East" (2012), directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Brit Marling and Ellen Page; "What Maisie Knew" (2012), directed by David Siegel & Scott McGehee, and starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan; and "Disconnect" (2012), directed
Alexander Skarsgård in "True Blood"
Alexander Skarsgård True Blood
by Henry Alex Rubin and starring opposite Paula Patton, Jason Bateman and Andrea Riseborough.

Alexander Skarsgård 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 theater at the Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. and at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. He returned to Sweden and appeared in a number of productions that made 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.

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 won the Grand Prix and Press Awards at the 2003 Danish Film Festival and was shown at the Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals. Skarsgard's credits also include "Exit," "Kill Your Darlings" and "The Last Drop."

More recently, Skarsgård was seen in the Lars Von Trier's award-winning "Melancholia," opposite Kirsten Dunst, and Rod Lurie's 2011 remake of "Straw Dogs," opposite James Marsden and Kate Bosworth. Skarsgård's other films include Gela Babluani's "13," 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.

His first big break in the U.S. was with the HBO miniseries "Generation Kill" (2008). His portrayal of Marine Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert astonished critics and audiences alike. Immediately following that film, 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.

A former Sergeant in the Swedish Marines, Skarsgård currently resides in Stockholm and Los Angeles

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Age: 40 years old
Birthday: August 25, 1976
Height: 6' 4"
Nickname: Alex
Full Name / Real Name: Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Current Residence: Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, CA

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