Alexander Skarsgard poked fun of himself as he collected his prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard

The 41-year-old star took home the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries accolade at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday (21.01.18) for his portrayal of Perry Wright in 'Big Little Lies', and compared his acting abilities to Robert De Niro.

Alexander - who previously played Eric Northman in HBO supernatural show 'True Blood' - quipped: "A lot of people have been talking about who the greatest male actor ever ... is it Mr Robert De Niro or the tall dude from 'True Blood'?"

The Hollywood star made the comment after beating off competition from Robert, who was nominated in the category in his role as Bernie Madoff from HBO's 'The Wizard of Lies'.

Alexander also won the gong ahead of Benedict Cumberbatch ('Sherlock'), Jeff Daniels ('Godless') and 'Genius' star Geoffrey Rush.

After making the quip, the 'Legend of Tarzan' star admitted he was "incredibly embarrassed" to have been awarded the prize.

He added: "The thespians have spoken, thank you so much for that.

"I'm incredibly embarrassed and infinitely grateful. Thank you, thank you so much for this."

There was further success for 'Big Little Lies' on the night as Alexander's on-screen wife Nicole Kidman beat co-stars Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon, along with 'Feud: Bette and Joan' actresses Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, to pick up the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series accolade.

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