Cobie Smulders

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Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders
(1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 32)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Taran Killam (m. 2012)
Children 1

Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders[1] (born April 3, 1982)[2] is a Canadian-American 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 Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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 began pursuing her acting career.[5]


Smulders at the CBS Comedies Premiere Party in September 2008

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 in 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.

On the New York stage, she performed in Love, Loss, and What I Wore from at least June 10 to June 27, 2010.[6]

Smulders played Maria Hill in Joss Whedon's 2012 film The Avengers. She reprised the role in the 2013 premiere of the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[7] and again in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and has been announced to do so again in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.[8][9] 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.[10] Smulders did voice a Lego version of Wonder Woman in the 2014 animated film The Lego Movie. It was the first time her character had a theatrical film appearance. [11]

In 2013, Smulders had a supporting role in the romantic film Safe Haven. She also starred in the Vince Vaughn comedy-drama Delivery Man that year.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Smulders and American actor Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009.[13] They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California.[14] The couple have a daughter Shaelyn Cado Killam (born May 14, 2009).[15]

Smulders resides in Los Angeles, California.[16]


Smulders at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Walking Tall Eye candy
2004 Ill Fated[17] Mary
2005 The Long Weekend Ellen
2006 Escape[citation needed] Psychotic brunette Short film
2006 Dr. Miracles[18] Mrs. Peterson Short film
2007 28 Weeks Later[19] Martina Short film
2007 The Storm Awaits[20] Anabella DeLorenzo Short film
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Tara
2012 The Avengers Maria Hill
2012 Grassroots Clair
2013 Safe Haven Carly Jo Wheatley
2013 Delivery Man[12] Emma
2014 The Lego Movie Wonder Woman (voice)
2014 They Came Together[21] Tiffany
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Maria Hill
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Maria Hill Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Special Unit 2 Zoe Episode: "The Wish"
2002 Jeremiah Deborah Episode: "Thieves' Honor"
2003 Tru Calling Sarah Webb Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
2003–2004 Veritas: The Quest Juliet Droil 13 episodes
2004 Smallville Shannon Bell Episode: "Bound"
2005 Andromeda Rhade's wife 2 episodes
2005 The L Word Leigh Ostin 4 episodes
2005–2014 How I Met Your Mother Robin Scherbatsky 208 episodes
2010 How to Make It in America Hayley Episode: "Pilot"
2013–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[7] Maria Hill 2 episodes


  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 December 27, 2013. 
  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. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (July 19, 2013). "Cobie Smulders' Comic-Con Reveal: Secret 'Agents of SHIELD' Role". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Thompson, Bob (November 7, 2013). "Vancouver’s Cobie Smulders is on a roll (with video)". Calgary Herald. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Satin Tights No Longer". February 3, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b Cobie Smulders Joins the ‘Starbuck’ Family. NextMovie (2012-08-27). Retrieved on 2013-01-07.
  13. ^ Alexander, Reagan (January 28, 2009). "HIMYM's Cobie Smulders Flashes Her New Engagement Ring". People. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  14. ^ ""SNL’s" Taran Killam Marries "How I Met Your Mother’s" Cobie Smulders — Exclusive". RumorFix. September 8, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ Leon, Anya (July 3, 2009). "It's a Girl for Cobie Smulders". People. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Cobie Smulders". How I Met Your Mother (official CBS site). Archived from the original on January 22, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ Bobbin, Jay (August 13, 2006). "Cobie Smulders - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. 
  18. ^ Dr. Miracles Episode 3, October 2006, she appears at 00:19 seconds into the video,
  19. ^ Coleman, Bryce. "Cobie Smulders - Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ The Storm Awaits (episode three), Produced by Very Advanced Productions, February 2007, she appears at 3:18 into the video,
  21. ^ 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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