Alexander Skarsgård: Bio, Family, Career, Relationships & more

Who is Alexander Skarsgård?

Alexander Skarsgård is a Swedish actor. Born Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård, Alexander Skarsgård started his acting career at seven, only to quit at 13.

However, Alexander Skarsgård resumed his acting career after serving in the Swedish military. Making his US film debut with the comedy Zoolander, Alexander Skarsgård has acted in several films, including Melancholia, Battleship, The Legend of Tarzan, Long Shot, Passing, and The Northman.

Alexander Skarsgård Biography
Alexander Skarsgård Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameAlexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård
Popularly Known AsAlexander Skarsgård
BirthdayAugust 25, 1976
Age46 years old
Sun signVirgo
TraitsPositive: Organized, determined, and hardworking
Negative: Moody, overthinker, and stubborn
BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden
ParentsStellan Skarsgård (father)
My Skarsgård (mother)
SiblingsGustaf Skarsgård (brother)
Sam Skarsgård (brother)
Bill Skarsgård (brother)
Eija Skarsgård (sister)
Valter Skarsgård (brother)
Ossian Skarsgård (half-brother)
Kolbjörn Skarsgård (half-brother)
Marital statusSingle
Profession Actor
Height6 ft 4.5 inches
Net WorthUSD 14 million

Alexander Skarsgård Birthday

Alexander Skarsgård was born on August 25, 1976. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently 46 years old.

Alexander Skarsgård Parents

Alexander Skarsgård is the eldest son of Stellan Skarsgård and My Skarsgård. Stellan Skarsgård is a Golden Globe Award-winning actor known for his work in movies such as Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac, The Hunt for Red October, Good Will Hunting, Ronin, and King Arthur.

Stellan Skarsgard and My Skarsgard
Stellan Skarsgard and My Skarsgard

My Skarsgård is a physician and former Swedish actress known for her roles in several Swedish movies and TV shows like Jim & Piraterna Blom, Gomorron, and Efter Tio. My Skarsgård and Stellan Skarsgård met in 1974 and dated each other for a year. 

On April 27, 1975, the pair cemented their relationship and exchanged wedding vows. However, after welcoming six children together, the couple began to experience marital problems. 

Stellan and My became deeply unhappy in their marriage. Likewise, My’s struggle with alcoholism also created many problems in their marriage.  

Thus, the couple amicably decided to part ways despite being married for over 32 years. Their divorce was finalized in May 2007. 

Following their divorce, Stellan Skarsgård tied the knot with Megan Everett on January 12, 2009, after Megan got pregnant with their first child together. Everett is a writer and producer known for writing the children’s book ‘Banned From The Zoo.’ 

Stellan’s wife Megan is 25 years younger than him and is roughly the same age as Alexander Skarsgård, Stellan Skarsgård’s eldest son.


Alexander Skarsgård has five younger siblings. Their names are Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija, and Valter.

stellan with his wife and kids
The Skarsgard Family

Apart from this, Alexander Skarsgård has two half-siblings. His father, Stellan Skarsgard, shares two sons with Megan Everett, Ossian Skarsgård and Kolbjörn Skarsgård. 

Gustaf Skarsgård

Gustaf Skarsgård, born on November 12, 1980, is an actor. He has worked in several films and TV series, including Evil, The Way Back, Kon-Tik, Westworld, Cursed, and Vikings. 

Sam Skarsgård

Sam Skarsgård, who made his debut as a child actor on Jim & Piraterna Blom, prefers to lead a reasonably low-profile lifestyle compared to his famous parents and siblings. He mainly works behind the cameras and is known as a production assistant and crew member in projects such as Att döda ett barn, The Invisible, and Skuggvärld. 

Bill Skarsgård

Moreover, following in the footsteps of his famous parents and talented brothers, Bill Skarsgård, born on August 9, 1990, is also an actor. He is known for his roles in It, It Chapter Two, Simple Simon, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Atomic Blonde, Villains, Nine Days, Hemlock Grove, and Castle Rock. 

Valter Skarsgård

Valter Skarsgård has also tried his hands at acting. The son of Stellan Skarsgård and My Skarsgård has worked in many TV shows and films, including Lords of Chaos, Don’t Click, Funhouse, Black Lake, and Katla.

Eija Skarsgård

Eija Skarsgård is a former model. She is the only daughter of Skarsgård and has also worked as a casting assistant in the 2021 TV series Young Royals. 

Here is the full biography of Eija Skarsgard.

Educational Background

After joining the Swedish Armed Forces at 19, Alexander Skarsgård left Sweden in 1996 following the end of his military service. He moved to England and studied at the Leeds Metropolitan University for six months. Although he joined the university to learn English, Alexander later admitted that he barely focused on his studies and “had a blast” instead.

Alexander considered becoming an architect during his time at the Leeds Metropolitan University. However, he later changed his mind and decided to become an actor

Alexander took a theater course at Marymount Manhattan College and relocated to New York City. After six months, he returned to Stockholm and made a firm decision to become an actor. 

Alexander Skarsgård Career

Early Career

Skarsgård auditioned for the 2001 film Zoolander when he was on vacation in the US and got cast as a mindless model in the movie. He got nominated for the Guldbagge Award in 2003 for his role in “Hundtricket – The Movie (The Dog Trick).”

Alexander Skarsgård Early Career
Alexander Skarsgård Early Career

In 2004, Alexander permanently relocated to Los Angeles 2004. His popularity in the USA skyrocketed after he was cast as US Marine Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries “Generation Kill.” 

Skarsgård also auditioned for the HBO series, “True Blood.” Although the role that Skarsgård auditioned for went to Stephen Moyer, Skarsgård appeared in the series as Eric Northman. This role pushed Skarsgård to prominence among the US audience.

Besides this, Skarsgård also appeared in the music video for Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” Lending his voice to the character of Stefan in the 2009 animated film Metropia, Skarsgård played the role of Terje in the British mockumentary “Beyond the Pole” in 2010.

Skarsgård also appeared in an ad campaign for Hickey Freeman in 2010. Annie Leibovitz shot the campaign and was featured in several magazines, including The Wall Street Journal Magazine, GQ, and Details.

Mid- Career

In 2011, Skarsgård got the starring role in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.” The movie premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. 

He also acted in “Straw Dogs and Battleship.” Likewise, he was cast in Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s film “What Maisie Knew” and Henry Alex Rubin’s thriller “Disconnect.”

Additionally, Skarsgård acted in Zal Batmanglij’s film The East, released in 2015. In 2016, Alexander Skarsgård starred in “The Legend of Tarzan” as Tarzan. Skarsgård was cast opposite Margot Robbie in the film, becoming a box office dud. However, his performance was praised by critics. 

Tarzan from The Legend of Tarzan
Tarzan from The Legend of Tarzan

The same year, Skarsgård acted in the black comedy film “War on Everyone.” The Swedish actor appeared in the HBO drama series “Big Little Lies” (2017-2019).

Skarsgård’s portrayal of an abusive husband to Nicole Kidman’s character in the show was described as “utterly chilling” by The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg. He was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited, Anthology Series or Movie.

In 2018, Skarsgård played the role of a silent bartender in the science fiction film “Mute.” He also acted in the miniseries “The Little Drummer Girl,” where he appeared as a secretive man. 

The following year, Skarsgård appeared in “The Aftermath.” He also played the minor role of the Canadian prime minister in the romantic comedy “Long Shot.” 

Recent Career

From 2020 to 2021, Skarsgård starred in “The Stand,” an adaptation of the 1978 novel of the same name by Stephen King. In 2021, the Swedish actor starred in the monster film “Godzilla vs. Kong.” 

He had a recurring role during the third season of “Succession.” In addition, Skarsgård was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Alexander Skarsgård photo
Alexander Skarsgård photo

In 2022, Skarsgård appeared as Amleth in the epic film “The Northman.” The film received critical acclaim, and critics lauded Skarsgård’s performance. Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair described Skarsgård’s character as “a fine vessel for the film’s opulent menace.”

Alexander Skarsgård Dating History

From 2009 to 2011, Alexander Skarsgård was in a relationship with Kate Bosworth. However, the pair ended their relationship on friendly terms. 

Before dating Bosworth, Skarsgård was in a relationship with his True Blood co-star, Amanda Seyfried. They briefly dated, and Seyfried also talked about their short-lived romance saying,

“We dated. He’s super funny, but I was too involved with Dom.” 

In 2012, Alexander Skarsgård and Charlize Theron were spotted together on many occasions. This led many to believe that Skarsgård and Theron were dating each other. 

Alexander Skarsgård has also dated Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. Additionally, there were rumors of his relationship with Taylor Swift and The Legend Of Tarzan co-star, Margot Robbie. 

He was also linked with Tom Cruise’s ex-wife, Katie Holmes. Holmes and Skarsgård played the role of a married couple in the fantasy sci-fi movie, The Giver. 

In 2015, Alexander Skarsgård was linked with the British model Alexa Chung. Skarsgård and Chung were spotted by the paparazzi enjoying a walk holding hands.

Later, they were seen having a romantic date in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and Botanical Gardens. Eventually, the couple decided to part ways two years later. 

However, sometime later, news about the couple’s reconciliation started doing the rounds. The lovebirds were seen hanging out together in London and New York. However, their relationship could not last very long, and in 2020, the on-and-off-again couple ended their relationship for good. 

After breaking up with Chung in 2020, Skarsgård started dating Toni Garn. Garn, who previously was in a relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio, met Skarsgård for the first time in the same year and began a casual relationship. They later parted ways. 

“Alex and Toni just recently met each other, but there is no romance. A few people all hang out. Very casual. It wasn’t a date. Nothing is going on with them.”

– As per the people close to Skarsgård and Garn.

Alexander Skarsgård Net Worth

As of 2022, Alexander Skarsgård has an estimated net worth of approximately USD 14 million. Skarsgård has accumulated such impressive earnings due to his career as an actor. 

The Swedish actor earned a salary of $275,000 per episode of True Blood. In addition, Skarsgård splurged USD 1.85 million in 2012 for a lavish 2,400-square-foot home in Los Angeles.

In addition, he invested in a one-bedroom East Village loft for USD 2.3 million in 2017. As a result, there is no doubt that Alexander Skarsgård leads a luxurious lifestyle. 

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