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Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbɪl ˈskɑːʂgoːɖ] (About this soundlisten); born 9 August 1990) is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the two-part adaptation of It, It (2017) and the upcoming It: Chapter Two (2019). He also starred in the dystopian thriller The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), the espionage thriller Atomic Blonde (2017), the Netflix horror series Hemlock Grove (2013–2015), and as "The Kid" in the Hulu series Castle Rock (2018–present).

Bill Skarsgård
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Skarsgård at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård

(1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 28)
Vällingby, Sweden
ResidenceStockholm, Sweden[1]
Years active1999-present
Parent(s)Stellan Skarsgård (father)
My Skarsgård (mother)
FamilyAlexander Skarsgård (brother)
Gustaf Skarsgård (brother)
Valter Skarsgård (brother)


Early lifeEdit

Skarsgård was born in Vällingby, Sweden, the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and doctor My Skarsgård.[2][3][4] He has seven siblings: Alexander, Gustaf, Valter (all actors), as well as Sam, Eija, Ossian, and Kolbjörn . Ossian and Kolbjörn are half-brothers from the later marriage between Stellan Skarsgård and Megan Everett.


In 2011, Skarsgård was nominated for a Guldbagge Award for his leading role as Simon in Simple Simon.[5] At the age of 21, he won the European Film Academy's Shooting Stars Award in 2012.[6]

In April 2014, Skarsgård featured on the cover of Hero – a bi-annual men's fashion and culture magazine, shot by Hedi Slimane. In the issue, he is interviewed by his father.[7]

Skarsgård played Matthew in the science fiction thriller The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), his first major American film.[8]

Skarsgård played horror villain Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 2017 film It, and is scheduled to reprise his role in the sequel in 2019. His role was met with praise from fans and critics alike.[9] In July 2017, it was announced that Skarsgård had been cast as a series regular in Castle Rock as a young man with an unusual legal problem.[10] Skarsgård portrayed Zeitgeist in Deadpool 2.[11] Skarsgård also played the role of Roman Godfrey in the Netflix original Hemlock Grove.


Skarsgård at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con


Year Title Role Notes
2000 White Water Fury Klasse
2007 Spending the Night Victor Short film
2008 Pigan brinner! Tonårs-Nosferatu Short film
2008 Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End Erik
2009 Kenny Begins Pontus
2010 Simple Simon Simon
2010 Behind Blue Skies Martin
2011 The Crown Jewels Richard Persson
2011 Simon & the Oaks Simon
2012 Anna Karenina Captain Machouten
2013 Victoria Otto
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Matthew
2016 A Stone Appears Man
2017 Atomic Blonde Merkel
2017 Alteration Alejandro Short film
2017 It It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown / Bob Gray Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2017 Battlecreek Henry
2017 Moomins and the Winter Wonderland Moomintroll Voice role[12]
2018 Assassination Nation Mark
2018 Deadpool 2 Axel Cluney / Zeitgeist
2019 Villains Mickey
2019 It Chapter Two It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown Post-production
TBA The Devil All the Time Willard Russell Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Laura Trenter – Dad, the Policeman Tony Miniseries;
2 episodes
2009 Livet i Fagervik Mårten 1 episode
2013–2015 Hemlock Grove Roman Godfrey 33 episodes
2018 Castle Rock Henry Deaver / The Kid 10 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Guldbagge Awards Best Actor Simple Simon Nominated
32nd Young Artist Awards Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Simple Simon Nominated
2012 Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award N/A Won
2017 Fright Meter Award Best Supporting Actor It Won
2017 Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Villain Nominated
2018 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [13]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Nominated [14]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain Nominated


  1. ^ Skarsgård , Alexander (9 December 2018). Michael and Alexander's interview with AP Archive (Radio interview). YouTube. Event occurs at 0:20. Archived from the original on 3 December 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2019. But I also love - I'm the only one based in the States. The rest of them are in Stockholm.
  2. ^ On my radar: Bill Skarsgård's cultural highlights; The Guardian, 20 July 2014
  3. ^ Lindholm, Peter (22 March 2009). "Bill Skarsgård: Stellan är min största förebild". Metro International. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Stellans exfru talar ut om missbruket". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. ^ Pehanick, Maggie. "Meet Bill Skarsgard, the Guy Terrorizing You as Pennywise". POPSUGAR Celebrity. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  6. ^ "BILL SKARSGÅRD SELECTED AS SHOOTING STAR 2012 - TrustNordisk". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  7. ^ "HERO 11: Shift Zero" Archived 6 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Close, ,Murray. "Bill Skarsgård portrays Matthew in The Divergent Series: Allegiant". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys; Siegel, Tatiana (2 June 2016). "Stephen King's 'It' Adaptation Finds Its Pennywise the Clown (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (10 July 2017). "'It' Star Bill Skarsgård Joins Stephen King Hulu Series 'Castle Rock'". Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  11. ^ Sharf, Zack (27 April 2018). "Bill Skarsgård Makes 'Deadpool 2' Debut: 'It' Actor Confirmed as X-Force Mutant Zeitgeist — First Look". Indiewire. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Bill Skarsgard Joins Alicia Vikander in Voice Cast for 'Moomins' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (15 March 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  14. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (3 May 2018). "MTV Movie & TV Awards: 'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Top Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 3 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.

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