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SKARS-GUIDE: Who’s who in Sweden’s Skarsgård acting dynasty?

Alongside ABBA and IKEA, they're one of Sweden's most famous international exports: the Skarsgård family of (mostly) actors. Who are they, and what have you seen them in?

SKARS-GUIDE: Who's who in Sweden's Skarsgård acting dynasty?
Gustaf, Bill and Alexander Skarsgård at a film premiere. Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images via AFP

The Skarsgårds, one of Sweden’s best-known acting families, consist of father Stellan and his first wife My’s six children, as well as Stellan and second wife Megan’s two children.

All of the men in the family are over 6 feet (180 cm) tall, and all the male members of the family made their acting debut before the age of ten.

Here’s our Skars-guide.

Photos: Claudio Bresciani, Jessica Gow, Maja Suslin, Sören Stache, Henrik Montgomery, Björn Larsson Rosvall, Mats Andersson, Kajsa Rasmussen, Fredrik Sandberg/TT Graphic: The Local

Stellan Skarsgård (72)

Let’s start with the patriarch of the Skarsgård family, Stellan Skarsgård. Stellan was born in 1951 in Gothenburg to Gudrun Skarsgård and Jan Skarsgård. 

His first big break was in the Swedish TV series Bombi Bitt och jag in 1968, after which he shot to fame as a teenage heartthrob. This success was followed by theatre roles in Helsingborg, Malmö, Uppsala and Stockholm. 

Stellan Skarsgård’s first film role was in 1982, in the film Den enfaldige mördaren (The Simple-Minded Murderer).

In 1998 he made his international breakthrough with a small role in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, an American film directed by Philip Kaufman.

In recent years, his most well-known roles have been as Bootstrap Bill Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, and as another Bill in the ABBA film Mamma Mia. He also features as astrophysicist Dr. Erik Selvig in a number of Marvel films.

He is particularly associated with Danish director Lars von Trier, featuring in von Trier films such as Melancholia (alongside son Alexander) Breaking the Waves and Nymphomaniac.

In 1975, he married My Skarsgård, a doctor, with whom he had six of his eight children: Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter Skarsgård.

My and Stellan divorced in 2007, and he remarried in 2009, this time to producer Megan Everett, with whom he has two sons, Ossian and Kolbjörn.

Alexander Skarsgård (47)

The oldest and possibly most famous of the Skarsgård children is Alexander Skarsgård, born in 1976. 

Alexander’s first Swedish role was in Åke och hans värld (Åke and his world) at the age of seven. He quit acting at 13, joined the Swedish military at 19 and served for 18 months, before returning to acting. His first international role was a minor role in US comedy Zoolander, although he is most well-known for his role as Eric Northman in vampire series True Blood, Amleth in The Northman and Perry Wright in Big Little Lies.

Alexander is extremely private and prefers to avoid the public eye outside of his films, but is linked to fellow Swede, actress Tuva Novotny, with whom he has one child.

Gustaf Skarsgård (43)

Gustaf, born in 1980, started acting at the age of six and attended Stockholm’s Teaterhögskolan (The Swedish Academy of Mime and Acting) between 1998 and 2003, after which he joined Stockholm’s Dramaten theatre.

Internationally, he is best known for films Evil, Kon-Tiki and The Way Back, as well as his role as Floki in TV series Vikings, and roles in HBO series Westworld and Netflix series Cursed.

He recently played Karl Oskar in the film Utvandrarna (The Emigrants), follwing the story of emigrants from Sweden to North America in the late 1800s.

Gustaf has a daughter with his partner, Caroline Sjöström.

Sam Skarsgård (41)

Sam, born a couple of years after Gustaf in 1982, took after his mother My, working as a doctor in intensive care, after a brief acting career at the age of four in the film Jim och piraterna Blom (Jim and the Blom Pirates), which his father co-wrote. 

Sam and his wife Sanna live with Gustaf and Caroline in the Södermalm area of Stockholm, just down the road from Gustaf and Sam’s father Stellan and stepmother Megan.

Bill Skarsgård (33)

Bill Skarsgård, the fourth Skarsgård child, was born in 1990, and is best known internationally for playing the clown Pennywise in the adaptation of Stephen King’s horror series It. He  also featured in the most recent John Wick film, John Wick Chapter 4, as well as in superhero movie Deadpool Two.

Bill is in a relationship with Swedish actress Alida Morberg, who he appeared alongside in Netflix series Clark. The couple has one daughter.

Eija Skarsgård (31)

Eija, Stellan Skarsgård’s only daughter, was born in 1992. Just like her brother Sam, she does not work as an actor, instead working as a club manager in Stockholm for a number of years after a modelling career as a teenager.

Since 2020, she has worked in casting on multiple projects, recently on Swedish TV series Young Royals and Lust.

She also lives on Södermalm with her husband, Zeke Tastas.

Valter Skarsgård (28)

The youngest of My and Stellan Skarsgård’s shared children, Valter, was born in 1995. Within Sweden, he is probably most known for his roles in the Beck TV series, where he played policeman Vilhelm Beck.

Valter plays ice hockey legend Börje Salming in TV series Börje, out November 19th. The six part series follows Salming’s NHL career which took him from the northern Swedish town of Kiruna to Toronto in Canada.

Ossian Skarsgård (14)

Ossian, born in 2009, is Stellan Skarsgård’s first son with second wife Megan Everett. Ossian already has some acting credits to his name despite his youth, such as voicing a character in film The Wife at the age of eight, as well as a role in Alex Schulman’s autobiographical film Bränn alla mina brev (Burn All of my Letters), where he played a younger version of Schulman alongside his brother, Bill Skarsgård.

This year, fans of SVT’s TV advent calendar can look forward to seeing him in 2023’s advent calendar, where he will play a troll named Love.

Kolbjörn Skarsgård (11)

Finally, the youngest Skarsgård for this generation at least is Kolbjörn, born in 2012. Despite his age, Kolbjörn already has a few acting credits, which is perhaps not much of a surprise, considering his brothers had also all had acting jobs by the age of ten.

Kolbjörn starred alongside his half-brother Bill and aunt Alida in Clark at the age of 9, and has also featured as Milo in TV series Kenny Starfighter.

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Ten unmissable things to do in Stockholm this spring

Looking for fun things to do in Stockholm this spring? As the city begins to thaw from the winter chill and nature awakens with bursts of colour, Stockholm comes alive with a wide range of events. Whether you're a culture enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, foodie, or simply seeking new experiences, Stockholm offers it all.

Ten unmissable things to do in Stockholm this spring


Dining Week Sweden

Where: Stockholm, with some restaurants in Gothenburg and Malmö
When: February 23rd – March 3rd

What better way to kick off the spring season then by dining in a top restaurant with favourable prices? Dining Week Sweden offers the opportunity to enjoy a meal from a fixed menu in selected fine dining restaurants.

A three-course meal is priced at 395 kronor plus 39 kronor for the ticket and a five-course meal is priced at 595 kronor plus 39 kronor for the ticket. If you want to expand your palate and experience something new, this is your chance. But be sure to act fast as Dining Week ends on Sunday March 3rd.

Click here for more information and to see all participating restaurants.

Ice Hockey

Where: Nationwide
When: March 12th

The current Swedish Hockey League (SHL) season will come to an end on March 12th. Seven matches will be played that day, so if ice hockey is your thing be sure to catch a glimpse of the action to finish off the SHL season.

You can watch these in the arena live – Stockholm’s biggest clubs are Djurgården and AIK. They will be shown on TV4 Play and in sports bars like O’Learys, The Liffey or Pitcher’s.


Where: Nationwide
When: March 30th

The Allsvenskan (the All-Sweden) football league season will kick-off on March 30th. Norrköping will take on Malmö FF in the first fixture of the league. The final match of the season will be played on November 10th.

Stockholm’s most prominent clubs are AIK, DIF (Djurgården) and HIF (Hammarby). Matches will also be live on Discovery+ or shown in sports bars across the country.



Where: Cirkus, Stockholm
When: April 3rd

If music and comedy is more your stylem the show Thoughtifier brings both those things together. Bill Bailey, an English comedian, musician and actor, will bring his show to Stockholm on April 3rd.

Tickets for the show start from 425 kronor and an option to have dinner before the show is priced at 1,095 kronor. More information and tickets can be found here.

Stockholm Independent Art Fair

Where: SKHLM Skärholmen Centrum, Stockholm
When: April 25th-28th

Supermarket- Stockholm Independent Art Fair, which will be held between April 25th-28th, will showcase and promote artists and art collectives from around the world. Along with the exhibition, the event will have talks and performances from invited artists and speakers from both Sweden and abroad.

The admission fee for the event is 150 kronor, more information available here.

Vårfestivalen-The Spring Festival

Where: Frihamnen, Stockholm
When: April 26th and 27th

The Spring Festival is Sweden’s largest food event, and it will take place in Stockholm on April 26th and 27th. The festival will have over 200 participating food trucks, restaurants, bars and local craft breweries. This year 3 new concepts will be introduced, Liquorice Festival, Deli Festival and “the best of” Street Food Festival.

Tickets for this event start from 195 kronor and can be found here.


Where: Bonfires nationwide, festival on Augustendalsvägen 62, Stockholm
When: April 30th

Valborg is celebrated in Sweden by lighting big fires or majbrasor and in Stockholm it’s no different.

On April 30th bonfires will be lit all across Stockholm City and if you feel like dancing the night away, Festivalborg is the place to go. This festival is the biggest of its kind in Stockholm, with well-known artists playing, a wide range of activities to choose from, all in one location.

Ticket prices start from 250 kronor and can be purchased here.


Stockholm Rum Festival
Where: K-märkt Garnissonen, Stockholm
When: May 11th

The Nordics’ biggest rum festival is going to take place in Stockholm on World Cocktail Day. This is the first time the event will be run in Sweden. The event is expected to have 150 different varieties of rum from more than 50 different brands. To accompany the drink there will be authentic Caribbean foods, music and entertainment to enjoy.

Two sessions will take place, the first between 13:00-17:00 and the second between 17:30-21:30.

Tickets for the event start from 195 kronor, with the all-day ticket priced at 360 kronor, and they can be purchased here.

Outdoor Festival Stockholm
Where: Djurgårdsbrunns, Stockholm
When: May 25th-26th

A great two-day event if you want to try out a new outdoor sport, the Outdoor Festival will take place from May 25th-26th in Djurgårdsbrunn. The free event will give people the chance to try out different outdoor sports and activities. The 2023 programme included sports such as kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking.

This is a free event and more information can be found here.