Bill Skarsgård

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

(1990-08-09) August 9, 1990 (age 32)
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Alida Morberg
FamilyAlexander Skarsgård (brother)
Gustaf Skarsgård (brother)
Valter Skarsgård (brother)

Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbɪlː ˈskɑ̌ːʂɡoːɖ] (listen); born 9 August 1990) is a Swedish actor. He is best known for portraying 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. He also voiced the Deviant Kro in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals (2021).

Skarsgård has also appeared in the comedy Simple Simon (2010), the dystopian thriller The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), the espionage thriller Atomic Blonde (2017), the comedy-horror Villains (2019), and the drama Nine Days (2020). He starred in the supernatural horror series Hemlock Grove (2013–2015) and the anthology horror series Castle Rock (2018–2019). He played the lead role in the Netflix series Clark (2022).

Early life[edit]

Skarsgård was born on 9 August 1990 in Vällingby, Sweden, the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and doctor My Skarsgård.[1][2][3] 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.[4]


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] 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.[7]

Skarsgård played Matthew in the science fiction thriller The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), his first major American film.[8] He 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.[9]

Skarsgård was a series regular on 2018's Castle Rock, as a young man with an unusual legal problem.[10] That same year, he portrayed Zeitgeist in Deadpool 2.[11] In 2020, he played Mateo in episode 4 of AMC's anthology series Soulmates.

In 2022 Skarsgård played Clark Olofsson the notorious Swedish criminal whose involvement in the Norrmalmstorg robbery gave rise to the term Stockholm syndrome. The 6 part Netflix series features Skarsgård in the lead role. Of his character Bill said "This guy was basically famous his entire life for doing everything wrong, and I don't know what it says about our culture at that time or even our culture today..."[12]

Skarsgård will play an undisclosed role in John Wick: Chapter 4. He also voiced the main antagonist Kro in Eternals. Skarsgård is set to lead the reboot of The Crow directed by Rupert Sanders.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Skarsgård is in a relationship with Alida Morberg.[14] In October 2018, the couple welcomed a baby girl.[14][15]


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
Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End Erik
2009 Kenny Begins Pontus
2010 Simple Simon Simon
Behind Blue Skies Martin
2011 The Crown Jewels Richard Persson
Simon & the Oaks Simon
2012 Anna Karenina Captain Makhotin
2013 Victoria Otto
2016 Allegiant Matthew
A Stone Appears Man Short Film
2017 Atomic Blonde Merkel
Alteration Alejandro Short film
It Pennywise the Dancing Clown Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Battlecreek Henry
Moomins and the Winter Wonderland Moomintroll (voice) [16]
2018 Assassination Nation Mark
Deadpool 2 Axel Cluney / Zeitgeist
2019 Villains Mickey
It Chapter Two Pennywise the Dancing Clown
2020 Nine Days Kane
The Devil All the Time Willard Russell
2021 Naked Singularity Dane
Eternals Kro Voice and motion capture[17]
2022 Barbarian Keith Toshko
2023 John Wick: Chapter 4 Marquis
TBA Boy Kills World Boy Post-production
The Crow Eric Draven / The Crow[18] Filming[19]
Burn All My Letters Sven Stolpe Post-production
The Things They Carried TBA Post-production


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
2018–2019 Castle Rock Henry Deaver / The Kid (season 1)
The Angel (season 2)
2020 Soulmates Mateo Episode: "Layover"
2022 Clark Clark Olofsson Main role
2023 It: Welcome to Derry Pennywise the Dancing Clown Pre-production[20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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 [21]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain Nominated [22]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain Nominated
2020 It Chapter Two Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best Ensemble Cast Won


  1. ^ On my radar: Bill Skarsgård's culturala highlights; The Guardian, 20 July 2014
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Stellans exfru talar ut om missbruket". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Skarsgård-barnen – så lever de i dag". Expressen. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  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". Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  7. ^ ""HERO 11: Shift Zero"". Archived from the original on 6 July 2014.
  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: I Dare you to Watch Clark". Radio Times.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (1 April 2022). "'The Crow': Bill Skarsgard Tapped To Play Eric Draven In New Reimagining From Rupert Sanders". Deadline Hollywood.
  14. ^ a b "Bill Skarsgård to become a father". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Bebislycka för Bill Skarsgård och Alida Morberg". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Bill Skarsgard Joins Alicia Vikander in Voice Cast for 'Moomins' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  17. ^ BSL [@bigscreenleaks] (18 October 2021). "#Kro will NOT be played by Dan Stevens in #Eternals. He's played by Bill Skarsgård." (Tweet) (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 18 October 2021. Retrieved 19 October 2021 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (1 April 2022). "'The Crow': Bill Skarsgard Tapped To Play Eric Draven In New Reimagining From Rupert Sanders". Deadline. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  19. ^ "'The Crow', starring Bill Skarsgård and FKA Twigs, now filming in Prague". The Prague Reporter. 13 July 2022. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  20. ^ Otterson, Joe (29 March 2022). "'It' Prequel Series in the Works at HBO Max". Variety. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  21. ^ McNary, Dave (15 March 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  22. ^ 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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