Leeds Metropolitan University: Degree honour for True Blood actor Skarsgard

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True Blood and Generation Kill star Alexander Skarsgard has returned to the university where he studied to receive an honorary degree.

The 34-year-old Swedish-born actor spent time at Leeds Metropolitan University after leaving the marines in his native country.

Today he said: “I am delighted to receive this award today and am honoured to be back here in Leeds.

“I received great support here 14 years ago when I was studying a language course and great support from the university when I decided to reignite my passion for acting.”

Skarsgard’s most famous role is as vampire Eric Northman, in the hit US TV series True Blood.

He is due to star in two films due to be released later this year - Melancholia, alongside Kirsten Dunst and Kiefer Sutherland, and a remake of the 1971 classic Straw Dogs.

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