Swedish actor Gustaf Skarsgård stepped into the world of cinema in the late 1980s. And since then, the actor has worked in both the films and television shows, becoming one of the familiar faces of the entertainment industry.

The veteran actor was recently featured in Netflix’s fantasy period drama series Cursed, in which he played the character of infamous sorcerer Merlin.

In this article, we’ll dig deeper to learn about the details of the talented and veteran actor’s movie & TV show career, education, height, childhood, siblings, and his personal life.

Gustaf Skarsgard Started His Acting Career Early

Gustaf Skarsgard started off his acting career at an early age of nine when he appeared in the 1989’s Swedish thriller film, Codename Coq Rouge.

In the ’90s, he continued working as a child actor but maintained gaps between the next projects. His acting credits from that time include Prima ballerina, My friend Percy’s magic sneakers, Summer, House of Shadows, and Euroboy.

The talented actor, however, steadily pursued his career in acting from the early 2000s, starring in movies and TV shows such as The Invisible, Cleo, Evil, Swedenhielms, Kidz in da Hood and Arn: The Knight Templar.

In 2007, Skarsgard also received the ‘Best Actor - Best Male Lead’ award at ‘Guldbagge Award,’ for his portrayal of Johan in 2006’s family-drama movie Kidz in da Hood.

But despite working as an actor since the late 1980s, the Sweden native’s breakthrough role came only in the year 2012 when he was cast in History Channel’s series Vikings to portray the role of eccentric shipbuilder Floki Vilgeroarson.

In the Drama series Vikings that follows the legendary Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok’s dream of becoming a fearless warrior and commander of the Viking tribes with the support of his equally ferocious family, Skarsgard as Floki help his warrior friend Ragnar by designing and building the new generation of Viking ships.


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Skarsgard is also popular for portraying Karl Strand in mystery sci-fi series Westworld, Martin Schibbye in thriller drama film 438 Days, Göran Skoogh in comedy-drama film Patrik, Age 1.5, and Merlin in period drama series Cursed.

He Attended Acting Schools

Growing up, Gustaf Skarsgard studied at Sodra Latin school (originally: Södra Latins gymnasium) based in Sodermalm, Stockholm.

After completing his high school studies, the Cursed star enrolled himself at Teaterhogskolan, an acting and mime school situated in Sweden. There, he learned acting from 1999 to 2003.

Later, Skarsgard also went on to attend the Royal Dramatic Theater and the Stockholm City Theatre.

His Father and Siblings are also Actors

Gustaf Skarsgard is the second child of the popular Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard and his physician wife, My Skarsgard.

The Vikings star’s father, Stellan, is renowned for his appearance in successful films such as The Avengers, Thor, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Gustaf has five siblings: Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Skarsgard, Bill Skarsgård, Eija Skarsgard, and Valter Skarsgard; and two half-brothers: Ossian and Kolbjorn—from Stellan’s second wife, Megan Everett.

Gustaf Skarsgård Family Picture featuring his siblings and parents

Gustaf Skarsgard in his family picture with his siblings and parents (Photo: Refinery29)

Below find the details of Gustaf Skarsgard’s five siblings!

Alexander Skarsgard

Born on August 25, 1976, Alexander Skarsgard is Gustaf’s only elder sibling brother. The Stockholm native is also a popular actor like his brother and father. The eldest Skarsgard has featured in big projects such as True Blood, The Legend of Tarzan, Straw Dogs, and Big Little Lies.

In addition to that, the True Blood star is also the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as ‘Golden Globe,’ ‘Primetime Emmy,’ ‘Critics Choice Award,’ ‘Gold Derby TV Award,’ ‘Satellite Awards,’ and ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards.’

Sam Skarsgard

The third son of Stellan Skarsgard and his physician wife My Skarsgard, Sam Skarsgard, is a professional doctor. He was born on June 5, 1982.   

Sam Skarsgard has also acted for one movie so far—he appeared in the 1987 adventure comedy film, Jim & Piraterna Blom.

In addition to that, Sam also worked as a body double for his brother, Gustaf, in the 2002 fantasy thriller film The Invisible.

Bill Skarsgard

Bill Skarsgard is the fourth son of Stellan Skarsgard and younger brother of Alexander, Gustaf, and Sam. And much like his father, and two brothers, the fourth Skarsgard has also made a name in acting in Sweden. 

The 30 years old (born 1990) actor’s acting credits include projects such as It, It Chapter Two, Deadpool 2, and Allegiant amongst many.

Eija Skarsgard

The only daughter amongst the Skarsgard siblings is the Eija Skarsgard. She was born as the fifth child to her parents on February 27, 1992.

She is a former model and resides in Stockholm, Sweden.

Valter Skarsgard

Valter Skarsgard is the youngest amongst Skarsgard siblings and sixth son of veteran Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard. He is also an actor.

The 1995 born actor has appeared in acting projects such as Arn, Svartsjön, Lords of Chaos, IRL, and so on.

Is Gustaf Skarsgard Married?

Previously, he was in a long-term relationship with Swedish actress Hanna Alstrom in the past from 1999 to 2005. But since his separation with Alstrom, Skarsgard has managed to keep his personal life out of public limelight. Due to that, it is still unknown whether he is married or not.


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Hanna Alstrom is known for her appearance in the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle as Crown Princess Tilde of Sweden.

How Tall is ‘Vikings’ Star Gustaf Skarsgard? What is His Age?

The Vikings famed actor Gustaf Skarsgard is 39 years old, as of August 2020. He was born on November 12, 1980, as Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård.

He stands tall at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 meters).