Alexander Skarsgård is a Swedish actor with a net worth of $12 million. He has more than a few acting credits to his name — to be exact– including his breakthrough role as Eric Northman in HBO’s southern vampire drama series, True Blood; and his Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning turn as Perry Wright in another HBO series, Big Litte Lies.
On the big screens, Skarsgård has starred in 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan and 2019’s The Aftermath.
In this article, we look at the career and the net worth of the eldest — and perhaps most popular — of actor Stellan Skarsgård‘s children.
Alexander Skarsgård Net Worth Breakdown: Earnings & Salary
Alexander Skarsgård’s prodigious wealth can be attributed to his eminent career as a stage and screen actor.
He had a brief career as a child actor but took a seven-year hiatus from acting when it got too overwhelming.
He made his re-debut as an adult and landed stage and screen roles at the turn of the millennium. He appeared in Polish movies like Happy End, The Diver, and Kites over Helinski.
While on vacation in the US, Alexander landed the part of Meekus in the 2001 action-comedy movie, Zoolander starring Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, and Owen Wilson.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and continued to work in Swedish and American projects. He made a breakthrough in the international market with his starring role as Sergeant Brad “Iceman” Colbert in the HBO seven-part war miniseries, Generation Kill.
His fame hit a new ceiling with his starring role as Eric Northman in the HBO vampire drama series, True Blood.
He went on to appear in movies like 2011’s Melancholia and Straw Dogs; and 2012’s Battleship, What Maisie Knew, and Disconnect.
He played the titular character in the 2016 live-action adaptation of the popular character Tarzan, The Legend of Tarzan, alongside Margot Robbie.
He found critical favor with his roles as Nicole Kidman‘s character’s abusive husband, Perry Wright, in the HBO drama series, Big Little Lies. His performance landed him a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics’ Choice Television Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
He is set to star alongside Millie Bobby Brown and Rebecca Hall among others, in the upcoming monster movie, Godzilla vs. Kong, currently in limbo due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
True Blood Salary
Alexander’s role in True Blood was instrumental in that not only did it establish him as a major player, but it was also one of his more commercially successful roles. The series itself was a huge ratings-draw for HBO.
Owing to the success of the series, Alexander was paid $275,000 per episode for the final two seasons of the show.
Eldest Son of Actor Stellan Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård was born Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård to Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, physicist My Sonja Marie Agnes.
Stellan is an eminent actor in his own right and has been seen in movies like Good Will Hunting, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and The Avengers.
The 43-year-old was born on August 25, 1976, in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. Stellan is the tallest of all the Skarsgård men — all of whom are 6 feet 2 or higher — and stands at a towering 6 feet 4½ inches (1.94 meters).
Due to his father’s contacts in the film industry, Alexander had his first on-screen role at age seven in the 1984 Swedish drama, Åke och Hans värld.
At 13, he found nationwide exposure as the lead in the Swedish family drama, The Dog That Smiled. He took a seven-year hiatus from acting, during which time, he joined the Swedish army and served for 18 months in its anti-sabotage and anti-terrorism division.
After finishing his term, Alexander moved to England and enrolled at Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds but dropped out after a semester.
He moved to New York in 1997 and pursued a theatre course from the Marymount Manhattan College, but ended up returning to Sweden after a semester.
Elder Brother of Bill, Gustaf & Valter Skarsgård
Alexander is the eldest of six children born of Stellan Skarsgård’s first marriage with My Sonja Marie Agnes. His younger siblings are Gustaf Skarsgård, Sam Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, Eija Skarsgård, and Valter Skarsgård.
Among them, Gustaf, Bill, and Valter are also actors. Gustaf is most for playing Floki in the History Channel drama series, Vikings. Bill is most known for playing the demonic clown, Pennywise, in the 2017 movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s It, and its 2019 sequel, It Chapter Two.
When his father divorced his mother and went on to get remarried to Megan Everett, they had two children of their own: sons Ossian Skarsgård and Kolbjörn Skarsgård.