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Alexander Skarsgard Biography

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Alexander Skarsgard's facts

Date of Birth 1976-08-25
Nationality Swedish
Profession Actor
Education at Leeds Metropolitan University
Salary $275,000 per episode of True Blood
Net Worth(s) $12 million
Name on Birth Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård
Height 6'4 1/2"
Place of Birth Stockholm, Sweden
Awards Scream Awards
Hair Color Blue
Eye Color Blonde

Alexander Skarsgard is a Swedish actor for film, theater and television and director, best known for his portrayal of vampire Eric Northman on the series True Blood, by HBO. He celebrates his birthday every year on 25th of August and was born in the year 1976. His name at birth was Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård but is popularly known by his professional name Alexander Sakrsgard. He is also known for playing roles such as Brad Colbert in Generation Kill and Meekus in Zoolander.

He is a native of Stockholm, Sweden as he was born and raised there. His father, Stellan Skarsgård is a well-known Swedish actor. He was born from the first wife of Stellan, and his mother was a physician. He has five younger siblings and two half-brothers. A director friend of his father gave Alexander his first role in a movie when he was just seven years old. He landed the lead role in the Swedish TV production Hunden som log (The Dog That Smiled) in 1989, at the age of 13. That made him a household name in Sewden. The recognition by so many people made him uncomfortable and he quit acting for seven years. During that time he applied for national service and served in the Swedish military in the Stockholm archipelago and was there for 18 months. On completion of his service, he left Sweden to attend Leeds Metropolitan University, England and studied there for six months. In 1997, he decided to go back to acting and studied at Marymount Manhattan College, after moving to New York City. He returned back to Sweden to pursue his acting career.

He worked in television, film and theater on returning to Sweden. He went on a vacation to United States and auditioned for the role of Meekus in the movie Zoolander in 2001. He got the part moved to Los Angeles while also working in Sweden. He was cast in the critically acclaimed HBO drama Generation Kill as Sergeant Brad Colbert. He sent an audition tape for the role in the HBO vampire series True Blood. He got the role of 1000 year old Viking vampire sheriff, Eric Northman, who is also the love interest of the character Sookie Stackhouse. He won the Scream Award four times, twice in the category of Best Horror Actor for True Blood. Besides that, he has also worked in music video, ad campaign and as a model. To add to his film credits, he appeared in movies such as Melancholia, Straw Dogs, Battleship, What Maisie Knew, Disconnect, The East and many more. He has several projects on hand and that are all set to release soon in 2014.

Taking about his personal life, Skarsgård was in a relationship with fellow actress Kate Bosworth. The relationship, however, did not last long and ended after two years of dating in July 2011. The rumors keep linking him with one actress or the other. He has not married till date. He would break a lot of female hearts when he decides to get a wife.

The talented Swedish actor has accumulated an estimated net worth of $12 million. He receives a well-earned salary of $275 thousand per episode of True Blood. He earned his net worth through hard work over the years. He has a great personality with a towering height of 6 feet and 4 and a half inch. He has also been blessed with a handsome face which can make a lot of female hearts beat faster. He has a bird tattoo on his left leg. He has garnered huge number of fans and followers from all over the world in his Twitter account.  His interviews are available on the internet. More about him can be found on his bio in Wiki and IMDb website.