Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård (born August 25, 1976) is a Swedish actor.

Skarsgård is best known for portraying Nordic vampire Eric Northman on Creator/{{HBO}}'s ''Series/TrueBlood'', based on the ''[[Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries Southern Vampire Mysteries]]'' book series by Creator/CharlaineHarris, for the entirety of its run.

He's also notable for his work in other HBO dramas based on novels: war drama ''Literature/GenerationKill'', and domestic dramedy ''Literature/BigLittleLies'', for which he received an Emmy award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.

An actor in his native Sweden for many years, he's since crossed over into mainstream American films like ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', the 2011 remake of ''Film/{{Straw Dogs|2011}}'', ''Film/{{Battleship}}'', and ''Film/TheLegendOfTarzan'' as the title character.

He is the first son of Creator/StellanSkarsgard and the brother of actors Creator/{{Gustaf|Skarsgard}}, Creator/{{Bill|Skarsgard}} and Valter Skarsgård.
!! Selected filmography:
* ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' (2001) as Meekus
** ''Film/{{Zoolander 2}}'' (2016) as Adam
* ''Series/GenerationKill'' (2008) as Sgt. Brad "Iceman" Colbert
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' (2008 -- 2014) as Eric Northman
* ''Literature/TheMoomins and the Comet Chase'' (2010) as Moomintroll (voice)
* ''Film/{{Melancholia}}'' (2011) as Michael
* ''Film/{{Straw Dogs|2011}}'' (2011) as Charlie Venner
* ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' (2012) as Commander Stone Hopper
* ''Film/{{Disconnect}}'' (2012) as Derek Hull
* ''Film/TheEast'' (2013) as Benji
* ''Film/TheGiver'' (2014) as Jonas' father
* ''Film/TheLegendOfTarzan'' (2016) as Tarzan / John Clayton
* ''Literature/BigLittleLies'' (2017) as Perry Wright [[note]]Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie[[/note]]

!! Alexander Skarsgard provides examples of the following tropes:
* TheBigGuy: He's 6'4''
* FamilyBusiness, His father, Creator/StellanSkarsgard, three of his four grown brothers (Gustav, Valter, and Creator/BillSkarsgard) and his sister all have more-or-less successful careers in acting or modeling. The fourth grown brother, Sam, is a doctor like their mother.
* FormerChildStar: {{Subverted}}. He was a famous child actor in Sweden, but found life as a public figure increasingly awful as he entered his teens. He then took a break from movies and completed high school, went through a stint in the Swedish army and did a semester of college before rediscovering his passion for acting and going to acting school, and eventually began to pick up work again.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's very sweet-natured and friendly despite being best known for playing a deeply reprehensible character.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: He naturally speaks English with a Swedish accent[[note]]all Swedish schoolchildren are taught English from the age of eight[[/note]] but is able to mask it well enough to portray All-Americans like [[Literature/GenerationKill Brad Colbert]] without anyone realizing that he was well into his twenties before he moved to the United States.