Gustaf Skarsgård

Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård[lower-alpha 1] (born 12 November 1980) is a Swedish actor. He is best known outside Scandinavia for his role as Floki in the History Channel series Vikings as well as for his roles in the films Evil (2003), The Way Back (2010) and Kon-Tiki (2012). He also played Karl Strand in the second season of the HBO series Westworld.

Gustaf Skarsgård
Skarsgård at the 48th Guldbagge Awards in Stockholm, 2013
Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård

(1980-11-12) 12 November 1980
Stockholm, Sweden
Years active1989–present
Partner(s)Hanna Alström

Early life

Gustaf Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My, a physician. He has five siblings: Alexander, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers Ossian and Kolbjörn from his father's second wife, Megan Everett.[1] Alexander, Bill, and Valter are also actors. His godfather is Swedish actor Peter Stormare.


In 1989, as a nine-year-old, Gustaf Skarsgård acted in the Swedish Film Codename Coq Rouge. After attending Teaterhögskolan in Stockholm from 1999 to 2003, Gustaf Skarsgård joined the Royal Dramatic Theatre. He played in several of Shakespeare’s, Chekhov's and Söderberg’s works both on the Royal Dramatic Theatre and on Stockholm City Theatre.[2][3] In 2003 he performed in Evil and 2008 in Patrik 1,5. For both roles he was nominated for the Guldbagge Awards as Best Supporting Actor and as Best Leading Actor. Finally, he received the prize as Best Leading Actor for his role in Förortsungar.[4] In 2012, Skarsgård joined the History Channel's series Vikings in the role of Floki, the shipbuilder.[5]

Personal life

Gustaf Skarsgård was in a long term relationship with actress Hanna Alström from 1999 to 2005.[6][7]

Awards and distinctions

Skarsgård won a Guldbagge Awards for Kidz In da Hood. He won the European Film Academy’s Shooting Stars Award in 2007.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Prima ballerina Spinken Short
1989 Täcknamn Coq Rouge Erik Hamilton
1995 Sommaren Steffe Credited as Gustav Skarsgård
1996 Euroboy Robber Short
2002 Kontrakt Short
2002 The Invisible Niklas
2002 Gåvan David Short
2003 Evil Otto Silverhielm
2003 Detaljer Daniel (old)
2004 The Color of Milk The Stranger
2004 Babylonsjukan Olle, Maja's boyfriend
2006 Kidz in da Hood Johan
2007 Pyramiden Kurt Wallander (aged 24) Video
2007 Arn – The Knight Templar King Knut
2008 Iskariot Adam
2008 Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End King Knut
2008 Patrik, Age 1.5 Göran Skoogh
2009 May Fly Jimmy Short
2010 Trust Me Jon
2010 The Way Back[9] Voss
2011 Happy End Peter
2011 Människor helt utan betydels Director and writer
2012 Kon-Tiki Bengt Danielsson
2013 Autumn Blood The Butcher
2013 Vi Krister
2013 The Big Leap John Short
2013 The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Rolf Blomberg Narration/voice
2017 Darling Frans
2019 438 Days[10] Martin Schibbye


Year Title Role Notes
1994 My Friend Percy's Magical Sneakers Jan TV miniseries
1996 Skuggornas hus Julius "J.B" Bloomendolf TV miniseries
2002 Cleo Jonas No. 1 5 episodes
2003 Swedenhielms Bo Swedenhielm TV movie
2006 Snapphanar Karl XI TV miniseries
2008 Mellan 11 och 12 Jonas TV movie
2010 Arn Knut 4 episodes
2011 Bibliotekstjuven John TV miniseries
2013–present Vikings Floki Main cast; TV series
2014 Ettor & nollor Karl TV miniseries
2015 Vikings: Athelstan's Journal Floki
2018 Westworld Karl Strand 5 episodes
2020 Cursed Merlin


  1. Swedish pronunciation: [ˇɡɵsːtav ˈskɑːʂɡoːɖ] (listen)


  1. Abramovitch, Seth (24 August 2012). "Stellan Skarsgard, 61, Welcomes Baby Number 8". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. "Dramatens arkiv Rollboken Gustaf Skarsgård" (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. "Stockholms stadsteater Arkiv Medverkande" (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. "Gustaf Skarsgård är Guldbaggarnas herre". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  5. "Comic-Con: George Blagden and Gustaf Skarsgard Talk VIKINGS, Favorite Moments from Season 1, and Tease Season 2". Collider. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  6. "Gustaf Skarsgård är Guldbaggarnas herre". aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. "Gustaf Skarsgård är Guldbaggarnas herre". Hänt (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  8. "Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard)". Vikings. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  9. Weir, Peter (21 January 2011), The Way Back, retrieved 9 May 2016
  10. Mitchell, Wendy (28 March 2018). "Jesper Ganslandt to direct story of imprisoned Swedish journalists for SF Studios". Screen Daily. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
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