Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård
12 November 1980
|Partner||Hanna Alström (1999–2005)|
Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård[a] (born 12 November 1980) is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles in Evil (2003), The Way Back (2010), Kon-Tiki (2012), and Oppenheimer (2023). He also appeared in the HBO TV series Westworld (2018), as Merlin in the Netflix TV series Cursed (2020), and as Floki in the History Channel series Vikings (2013–2020).
Skarsgård was born on 12 November 1980 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 by his father's second marriage, to Megan Everett. Alexander, Bill, and Valter are also actors. His godfather is Swedish actor Peter Stormare. Gustaf decided to follow in his father's footsteps as an actor at the age of six and attended drama school.
Skarsgård’s film debut was in 1989 in the short film Prima Ballerina, where he played a ballet pupil. The same year, Skarsgård starred in the Swedish Film Codename Coq Rouge. Gustaf Skarsgård continued with several children's and youth roles, for example, Min vän Percys magiska gymnastikskor (1994) and Skuggornas hus (1996).
He attended the Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting in Stockholm (Teaterhögskolan) from 1998 to 2003, before joining the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm. He played in several of Shakespeare’s, Chekhov's and Söderberg’s works both on the Royal Dramatic Theatre and on Stockholm City Theatre. In 2003 he performed in Evil and 2008 in Patrik 1,5. For both roles he was nominated for the Guldbagge Award as Best Supporting Actor and as Best Leading Actor. The same year he was awarded the Shooting Star at the Berlin International Film Festival. He finally won the Guldbagge as Best Leading Actor for his performance in Förortsungar.
He is in a relationship with Caroline Sjöström. Their daughter was born in November 2020.
Awards and distinctions
|1989||Täcknamn Coq Rouge|
|1995||Sommaren||Steffe||Credited as Gustav Skarsgård|
|2004||The Color of Milk||The Stranger|
|2004||Babylonsjukan||Olle, Maja's boyfriend|
|2006||Kidz in da Hood||Johan|
|2007||Pyramiden||Kurt Wallander (aged 24)||Video|
|2007||Arn – The Knight Templar||King Canute I of Sweden|
|2008||Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End||King Canute I of Sweden|
|2008||Patrik, Age 1.5||Göran Skoogh|
|2010||The Way Back||Voss|
|2011||Människor helt utan betydelse||Director and writer|
|2013||Autumn Blood||The Butcher|
|2013||The Big Leap||John||Short|
|2013||The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden||Rolf Blomberg||Narration/voice|
|2019||438 Days||Martin Schibbye|
|2021||The Emigrants||Karl Oskar|
|1994||My Friend Percy's Magical Sneakers||Jan||TV miniseries|
|1996||Skuggornas hus||Julius "J.B" Bloomendolf||TV miniseries|
|2002||Cleo||Jonas No. 1||5 episodes|
|2003||Swedenhielms||Bo Swedenhielm||TV movie|
|2006||Snapphanar||King Charles XI of Sweden||TV miniseries|
|2008||Mellan 11 och 12||Jonas||TV movie|
|2013–2020||Vikings||Floki||Main cast; TV series|
|2014||Ettor & nollor||Karl||TV miniseries|
|2018||Westworld||Karl Strand||5 episodes|
- Abramovitch, Seth (24 August 2012). "Stellan Skarsgard, 61, Welcomes Baby Number 8". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 30 April 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- "interview – Gustaf Skarsgård". schonmagazine.com. 15 April 2018. Archived from the original on 24 July 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
- "Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting (NAMA)". combster.tv. 2020. Archived from the original on 24 July 2021. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
- "Dramatens arkiv Rollboken Gustaf Skarsgård" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 1 March 2021. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Stockholms stadsteater Arkiv Medverkande" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Gustaf Skarsgård är Guldbaggarnas herre". Expressen (in Swedish). 10 January 2007. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Comic-Con: George Blagden and Gustaf Skarsgard Talk VIKINGS, Favorite Moments from Season 1, and Tease Season 2". Collider. 21 July 2013. Archived from the original on 5 January 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Ramos, Dino-Ray (4 March 2019). "'Cursed': Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgard, Lily Newmark & More Join Arthurian Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 4 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
- "De är ett par i tv – och på riktigt" [They're a couple on TV – and for real]. aftonbladet (in Swedish). 28 March 2002. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
- "Hanna Alström är öppen för allt: "Hittills har jag träffat män – men man kan aldrig veta"" [Hanna Alström is open to everything: "So far I have met men – but you can never know"]. Hänt (in Swedish). March 2015. Archived from the original on 4 September 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2023.
- "Caroline Sjöström om föräldralivet med Skarsgård". Expressen. 27 January 2022. Archived from the original on 30 June 2023. Retrieved 30 June 2023.
- "Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard)". Vikings. Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- Weir, Peter (21 January 2011), The Way Back, archived from the original on 4 September 2016, retrieved 9 May 2016
- Mitchell, Wendy (28 March 2018). "Jesper Ganslandt to direct story of imprisoned Swedish journalists for SF Studios". Screen Daily. Archived from the original on 18 July 2020. Retrieved 8 December 2019.