If you’re a fan of HBO’s True Blood, then check out these awesome facts about Alexander Skarsgård, who plays the character Eric Northman.
His full name is Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård.
He was born on August 25, 1976.
He hails from Stockholm, Sweden.
He stands at 6’4″.
He is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and physician, My Skarsgård.
He is the eldest of six children; Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija, Valter, and his half-brother, Ossian.
He speaks Swedish, French, and English.
At the age of seven, he landed his first film role. He played Kalle Nubb in the Swedish film Åke and His World.
He was the lead role in the television series The Dog That Smiled when he was thirteen.
At nineteen, he served in the Swedish military for 18 months, a role that dealt with anti-sabotage and anti-terrorism.
He attended the Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK for six months to study English.
In 2011, he received an honorary degree from Leeds Metropolitan.
In 1997, he enrolled in a theater course at the Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.
He played Meekus in the 2001 film Zoolander.
In 2003, Skarsgård played Marine Sgt Brad “Iceman” Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
In 2008, Skarsgård joined the cast of the HBO series True Blood as vampire, Eric Northman.
In preparation for his role as Eric Northman, he studied lions and their behavior.
He has been voted the sexiest man in Sweden five times.
He supports Hammarby IF football club in Sweden.
In 2010, he autographed and auctioned his personal belongings in “Bajen Aid” to raise money for the Hammarby football club.
His favorite actor is Gary Oldman.
His favorite actress is Isabelle Huppert.
He enjoys the work of Robert Duvall.
He won two Odense International Film Festival Awards for Att döda ett barn in the Grand Prix and Press Award categories.
When he was younger, Skarsgård spent two months in Texas with his father. When he returned, he was proud of his authentic cowboy boots, which he wore to school. Students told him they were girls boots, and upset, Skarsgård cried and never wore them again.