Gustaf Skarsgård

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Gustaf Skarsgård
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Skarsgård at the 48th Guldbagge Awards in Stockholm, 2013
Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård

(1980-11-12) 12 November 1980 (age 42)
Stockholm, Sweden
Years active1989–present
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Partner(s)Hanna Alström

Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård[a] (born 12 November 1980) is a Swedish actor. He is best known outside Scandinavia for his role as Floki in the History Channel series Vikings as well as for his roles in the movies Evil (2003), The Way Back (2010) and Kon-Tiki (2012). He also played Karl Strand in the second season of the HBO series Westworld.

Early life[change | change source]

Gustaf Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My, a physician. He has five siblings: Alexander, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers Ossian and Kolbjörn from his father's second wife, Megan Everett.[1] Alexander, Bill, and Valter are also actors. His godfather is Swedish actor Peter Stormare.

Career[change | change source]

In 1989, as a nine-year-old, Gustaf Skarsgård acted in the Swedish Film Codename Coq Rouge. After attending Teaterhögskolan in Stockholm from 1999 to 2003, Gustaf Skarsgård joined the Royal Dramatic Theatre. He played in several of Shakespeare’s, Chekhov's and Söderberg’s works both on the Royal Dramatic Theatre and on Stockholm City Theatre.[2][3] In 2003 he performed in Evil and 2008 in Patrik 1,5. For both roles he was nominated for the Guldbagge Awards as Best Supporting Actor and as Best Leading Actor. Finally, he received the prize as Best Leading Actor for his role in Förortsungar.[4] In 2012, Skarsgård joined the History Channel's series Vikings in the role of Floki, the shipbuilder.[5]

Personal life[change | change source]

Gustaf Skarsgård was in a long term relationship with actress Hanna Alström from 1999 to 2005.[6][7]

Awards and distinctions[change | change source]

Skarsgård won a Guldbagge Awards for Kidz In da Hood. He won the European Film Academy’s Shooting Stars Award in 2007.[8]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɡɵ̂sːtav ˈskɑ̌ːʂɡoːɖ] (audio speaker iconlisten)

References[change | change source]

  1. Abramovitch, Seth (24 August 2012). "Stellan Skarsgard, 61, Welcomes Baby Number 8". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. "Dramatens arkiv Rollboken Gustaf Skarsgård" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. "Stockholms stadsteater Arkiv Medverkande" (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. "Gustaf Skarsgård är Guldbaggarnas herre". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  5. "Comic-Con: George Blagden and Gustaf Skarsgard Talk VIKINGS, Favorite Moments from Season 1, and Tease Season 2". Collider. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  6. "Gustaf Skarsgård är Guldbaggarnas herre". aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. "Gustaf Skarsgård är Guldbaggarnas herre". Hänt (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  8. "Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard)". Vikings. Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.

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