Bill Skarsgård is a Swedish actor from the Skarsgård family, known for his role in the series "Hemlock Grove" and the horror film "It".
Young Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård
Childhood and family
Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård was born on 9 August, 1990 in a suburb of Stockholm called Vällingby, in the family of actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My Sonja Marie Agnes.
Bill Skarsgård in his Childhood
Bill has seven brothers and sisters: Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Valter, Eija, Ossian and Kolbjörn (the last two brothers were born from the second marriage of Stellan). Three brothers – Alexander, Gustaf and Valter are also actors.
Bill Skarsgård and his older brother Alexander
Interestingly, there is no more family with the last name Skarsgård in Sweden. The grandfather of the actor came up with it in the forties of the twentieth century - the country had the dominance of identical last name, and the government itself encouraged people to create new family names.
Bill Skarsgård (third from the right) with his family at the premiere of "Kill Your Darlings" (2006)
The boy spent his childhood in constant traveling. His father worked a lot on the films and took his sons with him all the time. At the age of 12, Bill spent three months in Cambodia and then he lived in Mexico. The diversity of cultures and different living situations that he has seen during travels has taught Bill to appreciate society and nature, to be more organized and accurate.
5 facts about Bill Skarsgård
Constant meetings with the creative elite, inspiring atmosphere of soiree and the general liberal nature of education made him open to everything new and free from any prejudices.
Bill got his first role in the film when he was a kid. He appeared in the Swedish thriller "Järngänget" (2000). The film also starred his 14-year-old brother Alexander Skarsgård, now well-known to the spectators in "The Legend of Tarzan" and in the series "Generation Kill".
The first role of Bill Skarsgård ("Järngänget", 2000)
Bill managed to appear in several other films - two Swedish short films and a miniseries "Pappa polis" till he was 18.
Bill Skarsgård at the beginning of his career
In 2008, Bill was playing in the adventure film "Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End" with his father and brother Gustaf. Skarsgård repeated the role of the secondary character Eric in the miniseries "Arn – The Knight Templar ", which was released in 2010.
A scene from "Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End"
In 2010, two full-length Swedish films also premiered in which Bill played the main role: the drama "Behind Blue Skies" (about a difficult turn in the life of a teenager) and the romantic comedy "Simple Simon".
Bill Skarsgård in "Simple Simon"
In 2011, Bill was lucky enough to work with the famous Swedish actress Alicia Vikander on the set of the drama "The Crown Jewels", in which Skarsgård played once again the main role.
A scene from "The Crown Jewels"
In the same year, Bill was nominated for a "Guldbagge Award", the national film award in Sweden, for the main role in the drama "Simple Simon", which took place during the Second World War. In 2012, Skarsgård won the "Shooting Stars Award", which is annually presented to ten young European actors at the Berlin International Film Festival.
On the set of "Simon & the Oaks"
In the British adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina, the role of Makhotin, an officer with whom Vronsky (actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson) competed at the races, was Bill's first role in a foreign film. After that, Skarsgård was invited by other European and American filmmakers.
People all over the world learned about Skarsgård after "Anna Karenina" premier
Bill Skarsgård became more popular due to the role in American horror series "Hemlock Grove". The actor played Roman Godfrey - half human, half vampire. After the release of the series, Bill had a lot of fans, and the young actor with a perfect look began to appear more often on the covers of well-known magazines, including the men's edition of Hero.
«Hemlock Grove»: Bill Skarsgård as Roman Godfrey
Bill's first major role in foreign film was the role in the sci-fi thriller "The Divergent Series: Allegiant". Skarsgård played Matthew, a member of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare and one of Tris's friends (Shailene Woodley), who helped her stop the Bureau from using the Memory Serum on their experiments.
A scene from "Allegiant"
In August 2017, the actor appeared in a secondary role in an action film "Atomic Blonde", in which the main role played Charlize Theron. The film unfolds in Berlin shortly after the collapse of the infamous Wall.
Bill Skarsgård personal life
In late 2015, Bill started dating Swedish actress Alida Morberg, who is five years older than him.
Bill Skarsgård and his girlfriend Alida Morberg
The actor admits that he considers himself basically a homeless person - he is always on the road or starring in films all over the world.
The actor travels a lot
Bill Skarsgård Now
In 2017, a horror film "It" based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King was released. Bill got the role of the clown Pennywise, who was terrorizing a small town in Maine. To play the role of Pennywise were offered Mark Rylans, Ben Mendelsohn and Tim Curry, who already had experience in this image in the miniseries in 1990. However, Skarsgård was chosen to play this role. The event was marked by a colorful press release and a photo shoot of Bill in the image of Pennywise.
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Coincidentally, strange assaults of people in clown costumes began to occur around the world, one week after the photos were released and featured details in the media. That has brought on a deluge of criticism against the creators of the film "It". Victims accused the film crew of the incident. It remains unknown who was behind this.
Bill Skarsgård in Jimmy Kimmel Live
The release of the American drama "Battlecreek" starring Bill was scheduled for 2017. The following projects were expected: the fourth part of "The Divergent Series: Ascendant", "Emperor" (as Philip II - the King of Spain), "Assassination Nation" (a thriller about four American teenagers and their antics with Bella Thorne, Anika Noni Rose and Suki Waterhouse), as well as the series "Castle Rock" based on the stories of Stephen King.