Irina Björklund

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Irina Björklund
Born Irina Felicia Björklund
(1973-02-07) 7 February 1973 (age 41)
Danderyd, Stockholm County, Sweden
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994 - present
Spouse(s) Peter Franzén
Children 1 (boy)

Irina Felicia Björklund (born 7 February 1973) is a Finnish[1] actress and singer.

Early life and education[edit]

Björklund was born in Danderyd, Stockholm County, Sweden before moving to Finland with her family.[citation needed] Björklund also lived in France during her early years.

She studied in the Theatre Academy of Finland from 1993 to 1996.[citation needed] She left the school when Svenska Teatern (Swedish theatre in Helsinki) hired her.

Acting career[edit]

She acted in movies and in television series. Her well-known movies include Rukajärven tie (int. Ambush), Levottomat (int. Restless), Minä ja Morrison (int. Me and Morrison), and Vieraalla Maalla (int. Land of Love).

In September 2010, Björklund's career advanced when she landed a minor role in The American,[2] alongside George Clooney.[3] She played the role of Clooney's lover, Ingrid.[3]

Recognition[edit]

In 1999, she was awarded the Jussi Award for Best Leading Actress for her role as Milla in the movie Minä ja Morrison. Her breakthrough came in the movie Rukajärven tie, in which she played Lotta Kaarina Vainikainen. She was awarded the Shooting Star prize in the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

Björklund made a duet with Samuli Edelmann titled "Niin kaunis on maa". I 2011, she released her own music album in French with lyrics by Björklund and music by American Peter Fox. The album called Chanson d'automne did well in the Finnish Albums Chart reaching #21. In 2014, she released another French-language album, La vie est une fête with an even higher charting in Finland reaching #6.

Personal life[edit]

Björklund moved to the United States in 1999 and lives in Los Angeles with husband and Finnish actor Peter Franzén. The couple have a son, born in September 2007.

Björklund speaks fluent Finnish, Swedish, French and English and some Russian and Spanish.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
FIN
[4]
2011 Chanson d'automne 21
2014 La vie est une fête 2

Filmography[edit]

  • The American (2010)
  • The House of Branching Love (2009)
  • The Butcher (2009)
  • Kolme viisasta miestä / Three Wise Men (2008)
  • Dustclouds (2007)
  • Perviy posle Boga (2005)
  • Red Lightning (2005)
  • Trouble with Sex (2005)
  • Red Is the Color of (2004)
  • Lost (2004)
  • Kolmas aalto / The Third Wave (2003)
  • Honey Baby (2003)
  • Vieraalla maalla / Land of Love (2003)
  • Talismanen (2002) (TV series)
  • Yorick (2002)
  • Muodollisesti pätevä (1999) (TV series)
  • Minä ja Morrison / Me and Morrison (2001)
  • Dirlandaa (2000) (TV series)
  • The Dummy (2000)
  • Levottomat / Restless (2000)
  • Jakkulista feministi (1999)
  • Lapin kullan kimallus / Gold Fever in Lapland (1999)
  • Rukajärven tie / Ambush (1999)
  • Asphalto (1998)
  • Vägsjälar (1998) (TV series)
  • Ihanat naiset rannalla / Amazing Women by the Sea (1998)
  • Svart, vitt, rött (1996)
  • Maigret Suomessa (1996)
  • Tie naisen sydämeen (1996)
  • Ottaako sydämestä? (1995) (TV series)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.iltasanomat.fi/viihde/art-1288338808548.html
  2. ^ Irina Björklund at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b "Irina Björklund samaan elokuvaan George Clooneyn kanssa". Helsingin Sanomat. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Irina Björklund discography". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 

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