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Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård (Swedish pronunciation: [¹bɪlː ¹skɑːʂɡoːɖ] (About this soundlisten); born 9 August 1990) is a Swedish actor. He portrayed Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the supernatural horror films It (2017) and It Chapter Two (2019), based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, and appeared in the comedy Simple Simon (2010), the dystopian thriller The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), and the espionage thriller Atomic Blonde (2017). He also starred in the supernatural horror series Hemlock Grove (2013–2015) and the anthology horror series Castle Rock (2018).

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

(1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 29)
Vällingby, Sweden
ResidenceStockholm, Sweden[1]
OccupationActor
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Alida Morberg
Children1
Parent(s)Stellan Skarsgård (father)
My Skarsgård (mother)
FamilyAlexander Skarsgård (brother)
Gustaf Skarsgård (brother)
Valter Skarsgård (brother)

Early life

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.[5]

Career

In 2011, Skarsgård was nominated for a Guldbagge Award for his leading role as Simon in Simple Simon.[6] At the age of 21, he won the European Film Academy's Shooting Stars Award in 2012.[7] Beginning in 2013, Skarsgård played the role of Roman Godfrey in the Netflix original Hemlock Grove.

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.[8]

Skarsgård played Matthew in the science fiction thriller The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), his first major American film.[9]

Skarsgård played horror villain Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 2017 film It, and reprised the role in the 2019 sequel. His role was met with praise from fans and critics alike.[10] Skarsgård was a series regular on 2018's Castle Rock, as a young man with an unusual legal problem.[11] He also portrayed Zeitgeist in Deadpool 2.[12]

Personal life

Skarsgård is in a relationship with Swedish actress Alida Morberg.[13] In October 2018, the couple became parents to a baby daughter.[13][14]

Filmography

 
Skarsgård at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con

Film

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
2017 Battlecreek Henry
2017 Moomins and the Winter Wonderland Moomintroll Voice role[15]
2018 Assassination Nation Mark
2018 Deadpool 2 Axel Cluney / Zeitgeist
2019 Villains Mickey
2019 It Chapter Two It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown / Bob Gray
2020 The Devil All the Time Willard Russell Post-production
TBA Nine Days TBA Filming
TBA Cherry TBA Filming

Television

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

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Association Category Result Ref.
2011 Simple Simon Guldbagge Awards Best Actor Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated
2012 Himself Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award Won
2017 It Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Villain Nominated
2018 It Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [16]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Nominated [17]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain Nominated

References

  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. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Stellans exfru talar ut om missbruket". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Skarsgård-barnen – så lever de i dag". www.expressen.se. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  6. ^ Pehanick, Maggie. "Meet Bill Skarsgard, the Guy Terrorizing You as Pennywise". POPSUGAR Celebrity. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  7. ^ "BILL SKARSGÅRD SELECTED AS SHOOTING STAR 2012 - TrustNordisk". Trustnordisk.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  8. ^ ""HERO 11: Shift Zero"". Archived from the original on 6 July 2014.
  9. ^ Close, Murray. "Bill Skarsgård portrays Matthew in The Divergent Series: Allegiant". Edmontonjournal.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys; Siegel, Tatiana (2 June 2016). "Stephen King's 'It' Adaptation Finds Its Pennywise the Clown (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (10 July 2017). "'It' Star Bill Skarsgård Joins Stephen King Hulu Series 'Castle Rock'". Variety.com. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ a b "Bill Skarsgård to become a father". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 9 September 2019
  14. ^ "Bebislycka för Bill Skarsgård och Alida Morberg". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 9 September 2019
  15. ^ "Bill Skarsgard Joins Alicia Vikander in Voice Cast for 'Moomins' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  16. ^ McNary, Dave (15 March 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  17. ^ 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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