Bill Skarsgård is a Swedish actor, and the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård, known for his roles in Simple Simon, Allegiant and the TV series Hemlock Grove.
Let’s see some fun facts about him!
1. Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård was born 9 August 1990 in Vällingby, Sweden.
2. He is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My Sonja Marie Agnes.
3. Bill has seven siblings: Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Valter, Ossian, Kolbjörn, and Eija. Three of these, Alexander, Gustaf, and Valter, are actors.
4. Ossian and Kolbjörn are half-brothers from a later marriage between Stellan Skarsgård and Megan Everett.
5. In 2011, Skarsgård was nominated for a Guldbagge Award for his leading role as Simon in Simple Simon.
6. At the age of 21, Bill Skarsgård won the European Film Academy’s Shooting Stars Award in 2012.
7. 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.
8. Skarsgård played Matthew in the science fiction thriller The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), his first major American film.
9. In June 2016, Skarsgård was cast as popular horror villain Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the upcoming 2017 film It after another actor, Will Poulter, dropped out due to other projects.
10. 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.
11. Skarsgard is dating Alida Morberg.
12. He was not supposed to be cast as Pennywise. Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) was supposed to direct it, but he left over creative differences. When Fukuaga was still attached, Will Poulter (We’re The Millers, The Revenant) was supposed to play Pennywise. Poulter had to drop out when the film was delayed. It director Andres Muschietti attended SXSW in March 2016 to give audiences a preview of the film. As JoBlo reports, Muschietti praised Skarsgard’s performance as Pennywise. “What I can tell you is that he is terrifying, and there was a lot of work involved in bringing a new version of that character to life. The work I did with Bill Skarsgård was great, and he was amazing and a very impressive, talented, sweet young man,” Muschietti said.
13. The director also said at SXSW that he tried to keep the child actors in It away from Skarsgard during filming for as long as possible. That way, he really freaked them out when he showed up on the set in full costume.