Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders

Canadian-American actress (born 1982)
Cobie Smulders

Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for starring as Robin Scherbatsky in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) and as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with The Avengers (2012). She currently plays the lead in the crime drama Stumptown (2019).

Early life Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to a Dutch father and an English mother. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname "Cobie". Smulders describes herself as "a fluent listener" of French.

Smulders worked in modeling, which she later said she "kind of hated", adding that the experience made her hesitant about pursuing acting as a career: "You know you go into these rooms, and I've had the experience of people judging you physically for so long and I was over that. But then it was like, 'Oh no, I have to actually perform. I have to do well, and I have to have a voice, and I have to have thoughts now.'"

In her youth, Smulders aspired to be a marine biologist. Describing her transition to her eventual professions, she said, I studied acting throughout high school, then modeling took over because it brought more opportunity. When I quit modeling, coming back to Vancouver, I registered at the University of Victoria. At the same time, that summer, I was taking acting classes and decided to give that a year or two instead of going back to school. I always wanted to go back to school. I was looking into taking some classes part-time, but marine biology involves a lot of lab time.

Acting career Smulders' first acting role was as a guest in the Showtime science fiction series Jeremiah, and she has appeared in several television series since, including a recurring role on The L Word. Her first permanent series role was in the short-lived ABC series Veritas: The Quest, which ran for one season. After the cancellation of Veritas, Smulders was cast as television reporter Robin Scherbatsky on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2005, remaining on the show for its entire nine-season run.

In June 2010, Smulders made her Off-Broadway debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore at The Westside Theatre.

Smulders played Maria Hill in the 2012 film The Avengers. She received training from a Los Angeles SWAT team trainer to handle guns in order to portray the character. Smulders reprised the role in two episodes of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and in the films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Joss Whedon has suggested he had considered her for the role of Wonder Woman in his draft of the eponymous film, which did not go into production. Smulders did voice a Lego version of Wonder Woman in the 2014 animated film The Lego Movie. It was the first time the Wonder Woman character had a theatrical film appearance.

In 2013, Smulders had a supporting role in the romance film Safe Haven. She also starred in the comedy-drama Delivery Man and They Came Together. In July 2015, it was reported that Smulders had exited the made-for-TV film Confirmation because she had broken her leg; Zoe Lister-Jones was then confirmed to replace her in the role of Harriet Grant. In 2016 she starred in the Comedy-drama The Intervention (film). She also starred in the Action adventure film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back along with Tom Cruise. IMDb gave it a 6.1 rating while it received mixed to negative reviews from the critics.

In 2017 she starred as the character "Mother" in the Netflix original series A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Charitable endeavours She filmed a PSA with Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, in 2014.

Personal life Smulders and American actor and comedian Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009. They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California. The couple reside in New York City, New York. They have two daughters; their first, Shaelyn, was born May 16, 2009, and their second, whose name has not been revealed, was born in January 2015.

In 2015, Smulders revealed she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 25, while shooting season three of How I Met Your Mother in 2007. She had surgery to remove two tumors from her ovaries, but the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, resulting in the need for multiple surgeries over the course of two years

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Cobie Smulders was born on Saturday, 3 April 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her full name at birth was Jacoba Fransisca Maria Smulders. She is best known as an actress. Smulders' country of citizenship (nationality) is Canadian. Cobie attended high school at Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver, Canada (2000). She is 5' 8" (173 cm) tall and weighs 130 lbs (59 kg) with an athletic build. She has blue eyes and dark brown hair (color). Her net worth is reported to be $18,000,000 US dollars. Cobie Smulders is 42 years old and her zodiac star sign is Aries.

You can find people similar to Cobie Smulders by visiting our lists Actresses of Dutch descent and Actresses of British descent.

Full name at birth
Jacoba Fransisca Maria Smulders
Claim to fame
How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers, Stumptown
Date of birth
3 April 1982
Place of birth
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Actress, Former model, Voice Artist
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5' 8" (173 cm)
130 lbs (59 kg)
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Husky voice
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9 (US), 41.5 (EU), 7.5 (UK), 260 (J)
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New York City, New York, USA
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Net worth
$18,000,000 USD
High school
Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver, Canada (2000)
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  • United Talent Agency (LA)
  • Entertainment Booking Agency
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Partner: Taran Killam (Married) 1 child
Nov 2006-
Jacoba Smulders and Taran Killam
  • Former model.
  • Has spent her summers off from "How I Met Your Mother" performing Shakespeare in London and working with the famed improv comedy group The Upright Citizen`s Brigade.
  • She has seven siblings - four sisters, Julie, Fiona, Amy and Melissa, and three brothers, Mark, Adam and Scott.
  • Discovered by a modeling agency in her teens, she started to model internationally, including in locations such as New York City, the Caribbean, Paris, Milan, Greece, Japan, Germany and Africa.
  • Speaks fluent French.

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