Skarsgard returned home to Sweden to continue honing his acting skills with roles in film and theatrical productions, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bloody Wedding. In 2003, he co-wrote and co-directed an award-winning short, Att dada ett barn (To Kill a Child), which was shown at the Tribeca and Cannes film festivals.
His first big break in the U.S. was with the HBO miniseries Generation Kill (2008). His portrayal of Marine Sgt. Brad Iceman Colbert astonished critics and audiences alike. Immediately following that film, Skarsgard was cast in the role of Eric Northman, a 1,000-year-old Viking vampire, on HBO's hit series True Blood (2008), where he currently stars alongside Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The show rode to success on quality scripts, great acting and the public's obsession with the vampire genre. True Blood is currently in production on its fifth season.
Skarsgard will next appear in Fox Searchlight's The East (2012), directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Brit Marling and Ellen Page; What Maisie Knew (2012), directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee, and starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan; and Disconnect (2012), directed by Henry Alex Rubin and starring opposite Paula Patton, Jason Bateman and Andrea Riseborough. His recent film credits also include Lars von Trier's award-winning Melancholia, starring opposite Kirsten Dunst, and Rod Lurie's remake of Straw Dogs. His other films include GÃla Babluani's 13, starring Sam Riley, Mickey Rourke and Curtis 50 Cent Jackson; the independent film Metropia, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and the animated film Moomins and the Comet Chase, with his father, actor Stellan Skarsgard.
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