Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård (born August 9, 1990 in Vällingby, Sweden) is a Swedish actor.
Skarsgård is best known for portraying Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 2017 and 2019 film adaptations of Stephen King's It. Succeeding Tim Curry's beloved portrayal of the same character, Skarsgård received much praise for his performance.
He's also recognized for portraying Roman Godfrey in the horror series Hemlock Grove, one of Netflix's first original scripted dramas. Since then, he's appeared in other mainstream American projects, like Atomic Blonde and The Divergent Series: Allegiant. He will return to the world of Stephen King in Hulu's 2018 series Castle Rock, based on various stories by the writer.
- Simple Simon (2010) as Simon
- Simon and the Oaks (2011) as Simon
- Anna Karenina (2012) as Captain Machouten
- Hemlock Grove (2013 — 2015) as Roman Godfrey
- The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) as Matthew
- Atomic Blonde (2017) as Merkel
- It (2017) as It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown
- It: Chapter Two (2019)
- Moomins and the Winter Wonderland (2017) as Moomintroll (voice)
- Castle Rock (2018) as "The Kid"
- Deadpool 2 (2018) as Axel Cluney / Zeitgeist
- Assassination Nation (2018) as Marty
- The Devil All the Time (2020) as Willard Russell
Tropes associated with Skarsgård:
- Character Tic: He can turn down his lower lip while smiling, a family trait that he incorporated into Pennywise.
- Fake American: Like his brother Alex, he's played Americans in some of his roles such as Matthew in Divergent: Allegiant, "The Kid" in Castle Rock, Axel Cluney/Zeitgeist in Deadpool 2 and Willard Russell in The Devil All The Time.
- Family Business: Stellan Skarsgård is his father, Alexander Skarsgård and Gustaf Skarsgård are his older brothers.
- Kubrick Stare: He can be seen sporting this look here and there.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets shirtless/naked a lot in Hemlock Grove, particularly the first season.
- Star-Making Role: Pennywise is the role that fully put him on the same level of fame as his father and siblings.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Stands at an impressive 6'4" and is quite easy on the eyes.