Cobie Smulders

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Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders(1).jpg
Smulders at the CBS Comedies Premiere Party in September 2008
BornJacoba Francisca Maria Smulders
(1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 31)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Taran Killam (m. 2012)
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Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders(1).jpg
Smulders at the CBS Comedies Premiere Party in September 2008
BornJacoba Francisca Maria Smulders
(1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 31)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Taran Killam (m. 2012)

Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders[1] (born April 3, 1982)[2] is a Canadian actress and former model, known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother and Maria Hill in the 2012 film The Avengers.

Early life[edit]

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".[3]

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'".[4]

After she quit modeling, she registered at the University of Victoria to study marine biology. During the summer, she took acting classes and decided to pursue her acting career.[5]


Smulders' first role was as a guest in the Showtime science fiction series Jeremiah, and she has appeared in several television series since, including a recurring part in The L Word. On the New York stage, she has performed in Love, Loss, and What I Wore from at least June 10 to June 27, 2010.[6] Her first permanent series role was in the short-lived ABC series Veritas: The Quest, and her second was television reporter Robin Scherbatsky on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother which quickly became popular. Joss Whedon has suggested that he considered her for the role of Wonder Woman in his draft of the eponymous film, which did not go into production.[7] Smulders played Maria Hill in Whedon's 2012 film The Avengers and reprises her role in the premiere of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series[8] and both the Russo brothers' 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Smulders and American actor Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009.[11] They married on September 8, 2012 in Solvang, California.[12] The couple have a daughter, Shaelyn Cado Killam (born May 14, 2009).[13]

Smulders resides in Los Angeles, California.[14]


Smulders at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
2004Walking TallEye candy
2004Ill Fated[15]Mary
2005The Long WeekendEllen
2006Escape[citation needed]Psychotic brunetteShort film
2006Dr. Miracles[16]Mrs. PetersonShort film
200728 Weeks Later[17]MartinaShort film
2007The Storm Awaits[18]Anabella DeLorenzoShort film
2009The Slammin' SalmonTara
2012The AvengersAgent Maria Hill
2013Safe HavenCarly Jo Wheatley
2013Delivery Man[19]Emma
2014The Lego MovieWonder Woman (voice)Post-production
2014They Came Together[20]Joel's GirlfriendCompleted
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierAgent Maria HillPost-production
2002Special Unit 2Zoe1 episode: "The Wish"
2002JeremiahDeborah1 episode: "Thieves' Honor"
2003Tru CallingSarah Webb1 episode: "Brother's Keeper"
2003–2004Veritas: The QuestJuliet Droil13 episodes
2004SmallvilleShannon Bell1 episode: "Bound"
2005AndromedaRhade's wife2 episodes
2005The L WordLeigh Ostin4 episodes
2005–presentHow I Met Your MotherRobin ScherbatskyMain role
2010How to Make It in AmericaHayley1 episode: "Pilot"
2013Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[8]Agent Maria Hill1 episode: "Pilot"
2014Hollywood Game Night[21]Herself1 episode


  1. ^ Smulders, Cobie, quoted in Radnor, Josh (April 12, 2007). "A Most Engaging Story". Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009. "[My full birth name is] Jacoba Fransisca Maria Smulders." 
  2. ^ "Cobie Smulders Vitals". Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cobie Smulders on CBS Late Late Night". YouTube. Undated; uploaded April 18, 2008. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Zuo, Mila (September 1, 2009). "The Elusive Charm of Cobie Smulders". Venus Zine. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (November 16, 2013). "'It's always in my back pocket': Cobie Smulders on Canadian identity". Maclean's. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  6. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (June 10, 2010). "'Love, Loss' and two lovely ladies". New York Post. Archived from the original on October 18, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Satin Tights No Longer". February 3, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (July 19, 2013). "Cobie Smulders' Comic-Con Reveal: Secret 'Agents of SHIELD' Role". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ Graser, Marc (October 29, 2012). "Frank Grillo to play Crossbones in 'Captain America' sequel". Variety. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Bob (November 7, 2013). "Vancouver’s Cobie Smulders is on a roll (with video)". Calgary Herald. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ Alexander, Reagan (January 28, 2009). "HIMYM's Cobie Smulders Flashes Her New Engagement Ring". People. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  12. ^ ""SNL’s" Taran Killam Marries "How I Met Your Mother’s" Cobie Smulders — Exclusive". RumorFix. September 8, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ Leon, Anya (July 3, 2009). "It's a Girl for Cobie Smulders". People. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  14. ^ Cobie Smulders. CBS
  15. ^ Bobbin, Jay (August 13, 2006). "Cobie Smulders - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. 
  16. ^ Dr. Miracles Episode 3, October 2006, she appears at 00:19 seconds into the video,
  17. ^ Coleman, Bryce. "Cobie Smulders - Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  18. ^ The Storm Awaits (episode three), Produced by Very Advanced Productions, February 2007, she appears at 3:18 into the video,
  19. ^ Cobie Smulders Joins the ‘Starbuck’ Family. NextMovie (2012-08-27). Retrieved on 2013-01-07.
  20. ^ Kroll, Justin; Sneider, Jeff (June 21, 2012). "Cobie Smulders Locks Pair of Pic Roles". Variety. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
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