Cobie Smulders

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Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders[1]
April 1982
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Taran Killam (m. 2012)
Children 2

Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders-Killam[2] (née Smulders; born April 1982)[3] is a Canadian-American actress. She is best known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother (2005–14) 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".[4]

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.'"[5]

Smulders aspired to be a marine biologist.[6] After quitting modeling, she registered to study marine biology at the University of Victoria. During the summer, she took acting classes and studied Shakespeare at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[6][7]

Acting career[edit]

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.

In June 2010, Smulders made her Off-Broadway debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore at The Westside Theatre.[8]

Smulders landed the role of 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 role.[9] Smulders reprised the role in two episodes of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,[10] Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014 and is set to do so again in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015.[11][12] 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.[13] 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. [14]

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.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Smulders and American actor Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009.[16] They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California.[17] The couple reside in Los Angeles, California.[18] They have one daughter, Shaelyn (born 2009).[19] In October 2014, her representative announced that Smulders is expecting her second child.[20]

Smulders speaks fluent French.[6] She filmed a PSA with Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, in 2014.[21][22]


Smulders at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Walking Tall Eye candy
2004 Ill Fated[23] Mary
2005 The Long Weekend Ellen
2006 Escape[citation needed] Psychotic brunette Short film
2006 Dr. Miracles[24] Mrs. Peterson Short film
2007 28 Weeks Later[25] Martina Short film
2007 The Storm Awaits[26] 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 Emma
2014 The Lego Movie Wonder Woman Voice
2014 They Came Together Tiffany
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Maria Hill
2015 Results Kat
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Maria Hill Post-production
2015 Unexpected[27] Samantha Abbot 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. Maria Hill 2 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Cobie Smulders Wears a Black & White Strapless Dress"


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Love, Loss, and What I Wore Principal character June 10, 2010 – June 26, 2010
Westside Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress - Comedy How I Met Your Mother Won
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite TV Gal Pals Shared with Alyson Hannigan Nominated


  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 on life after "How I Met Your Mother"". CBS News. March 30, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cobie Smulders". Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cobie Smulders on CBS Late Late Night". YouTube. April 18, 2008. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b c
  7. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (November 16, 2013). "'It's always in my back pocket': Cobie Smulders on Canadian identity". Maclean's. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 19, 2013). "Cobie Smulders' Comic-Con Reveal: Secret 'Agents of SHIELD' Role". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Thompson, Bob (November 7, 2013). "Vancouver’s Cobie Smulders is on a roll (with video)". Calgary Herald. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Satin Tights No Longer". February 3, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
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  15. ^ Cobie Smulders Joins the ‘Starbuck’ Family. NextMovie (2012-08-27). Retrieved on 2013-01-07.
  16. ^ Alexander, Reagan (January 28, 2009). "HIMYM's Cobie Smulders Flashes Her New Engagement Ring". People. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  17. ^ ""SNL’s" Taran Killam Marries "How I Met Your Mother’s" Cobie Smulders — Exclusive". RumorFix. September 8, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Cobie Smulders". How I Met Your Mother (official CBS site). Archived from the original on January 22, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ Leon, Anya (July 3, 2009). "It's a Girl for Cobie Smulders". People. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders Expecting Second Child". People. October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ Wiseman, Jessica (August 6, 2014). "Photos: Rashida Jones, Cobie Smulders, and Angela Kinsey Help Protect Belizean Reefs". Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  22. ^ Scott, Walter (November 23, 2013). "Cobie Smulders’ Detachable Baby Bump". Parade. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  23. ^ Bobbin, Jay (August 13, 2006). "Cobie Smulders - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. 
  24. ^ Dr. Miracles Episode 3, October 2006, she appears at 00:19 seconds into the video,
  25. ^ Coleman, Bryce. "Cobie Smulders - Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  26. ^ The Storm Awaits (episode three), Produced by Very Advanced Productions, February 2007, she appears at 3:18 into the video,
  27. ^ "NBA Star Chris Webber To Exec Produce Cobie Smulders Drama ‘Unexpected’". January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 

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