Eric Northman

played by Alexander Skarsgard


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 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 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.

Skarsgård has a number of film projects in the works including Rod Lurie's remake of 'Straw Dogs' (2011) starring opposite James Marsden and Kate Bosworth; Gela Babluani's '13 Tzameti' starring opposite Sam Riley, Mickey Rourke and 50 Cent; the independent film 'Metropia' which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and he will voice a role in the animated film 'The Moomins' with his father, actor Stellan Skarsgård.

Skarsgård currently resides in Stockholm and Los Angeles.