He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander, the title character in The Legend of Tarzan, Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill, and Perry Wright in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.A friend of his father, who was a director, gave Skarsgård his first film role when he was seven years old.
It makes me a nightmare to date, I think," she said.
The remake's director, Rod Lurie, transferred the small town setting from Cornwall to Mississippi, and described Venner as "an ex-football star gone to seed".
The film co-starred James Marsden and Kate Bosworth Skarsgård was the Ambassador for the American team for a Walking With The Wounded fundraising event for wounded soldiers.
Skarsgård was later cast as Eric Northman, a 1000-year-old, Viking vampire sheriff, local bar owner and potential love interest of heroine Sookie Stackhouse.
Skarsgård appeared in Straw Dogs, a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, as Charlie Venner.