Even though Alexander Skarsgard, star of HBO's vampire melodrama True Blood, dropped out of college after only six months of attending, his would-be alma mater decided to give him a diploma, anyway. Skarsgard, better known as the questionably evil and often-shirtless vampire Eric Northam, received an honorary degree in the arts from Leeds Metropolitan University in England — 15 years after he first matriculated there.
Skarsgard was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and enrolled at LMU in 1996 to study English literature. After ignoring his studies and partying a lot, he has said, he left Leeds for New York City's theater scene. Skarsgard now lives in Los Angeles.

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