Born August 25, 1976, Alexander Skarsgard is best known for his role as Eric Northman on the hit HBO series True Blood.
Prior to his role on the hit vampire drama, Skarsgard decided to skip college and instead, enlisted on the Swedish military. Years later, he studied theater in New York at Marymount Manhattan College before moving back home and becoming a Swedish film star. He wanted to try his luck in Los Angeles, and in 2001 he landed a part in the Ben Stiller film, Zoolander. His next big break came in 2008 with the HBO miniseries Generation Kill, which led to his role on True Blood.
Although Skarsgard has been linked to his True Blood costar Evan Rachel Wood, his most famous relationship was with his Straw Dogs costar Kate Bosworth; they split in July 2011 after two years together.