Bill Skarsgård

Last updated on 21 September 2017

Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård (born 9 August 1990) is a Swedish actor and model. He is best known for starring in the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and portraying Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 2017 horror film It.

Bill Skarsgard by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Bill Skarsgard by Gage Skidmore.jpg

Early life

Skarsgård was born on 9 August 1990 in Vällingby, Sweden, as the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My Sonja Marie Agnes.[1][2][3] Bill has seven siblings: Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Valter, Ossian, Kolbjörn, and Eija. Three of these, Alexander, Gustaf, and Valter, are actors. Ossian and Kolbjörn are half-brothers from a later marriage between Stellan Skarsgård and Megan Everett.[4][5]


In 2011, Skarsgård was nominated for a Guldbagge Award for his leading role as Simon in Simple Simon.

At the age of 21, Bill Skarsgård won the European Film Academy's Shooting Stars Award in 2012.

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.[6]

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

Skarsgård played horror villain Pennywise in the 2017 film It. His role was met with praise from fans and critics alike.[7]

In July 2017, it was announced that Skarsgård had been cast as a series regular in Castle Rock as a young man with an unusual legal problem.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 White Water Fury Klasse
2002 Laura Trenter Tony TV mini-series (1 episode: "Dad, the Policeman")
2007 Spending the Night Victor Short
2008 Pigan brinner! Tonårs-Nosferatu Short
2008 Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End Erik
2009 Kenny Begins Pontus
2009 Livet i Fagervik Mårten TV series (1 episode)
2010 I rymden finns inga känslor Simon English: Simple Simon
2010 Behind Blue Skies Martin
2011 The Crown Jewels Richard Persson
2011 Simon & the Oaks Simon
2012 Anna Karenina Captain Machouten
2013–2015 Hemlock Grove Roman Godfrey TV series
2013 Victoria Otto
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Matthew
2016 A Stone Appears Man
2017 Battlecreek Henry
2017 Atomic Blonde Merkel
2017 It It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown
2017 Moomins and the Winter Wonderland Moomintroll Voice, post-production[8]
2018 Castle Rock TV series
2019 It: Chapter Two It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown
TBA Emperor Philip II of Spain


  1. ^ On my radar: Bill Skarsgård's cultural highlights The Guardian, July 20, 2014
  2. ^ Lindholm, Peter (22 March 2009). "Bill Skarsgård: Stellan är min största förebild". Metro International. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Stellans exfru talar ut om missbruket". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  4. ^ "Stellan Skarsgård pappa igen - till en Kolbjörn". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  5. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (24 August 2012). "Stellan Skarsgard, 61, Welcomes Baby Number 8". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  6. ^ "HERO 11: Shift Zero" Archived July 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys; Siegel, Tatiana (June 2, 2016). "Stephen King's 'It' Adaptation Finds Its Pennywise the Clown (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ "Bill Skarsgard Joins Alicia Vikander in Voice Cast for 'Moomins' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-08-08.

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