This paper considers analytical and numerical techniques to model the magnetic field distribution in a tubular actuator with skewed permanent magnets (PMs). A fast 3-D analytical model based on Fourier analysis is developed for calculation of the various field components resulting from the skewed PMs for various skewing topologies. This techniques provides means for validating the assumptions of 2.5-D multilayer methods. Furthermore, a 2.5-D analytical multilayer model is derived for calculation of the cogging force due to the slot openings including skewed PMs. The analytical methods are validated by means of 3-D finite element analysis.