Melinda Kinnaman at the 2013 Guldbagge Award.
|Born||Melinda Rosalie Kinnaman
9 November 1971
Life and career
Kinnaman was born in Stockholm, Sweden to American parents Dee and Steve Kinnaman. Her half-brother, Joel Kinnaman, is also an international actor. By age thirteen, she made her acting debut, portraying the tomboy Saga in the acclaimed 1985 movie My Life as a Dog, directed by Lasse Hallström, wherein she briefly bared her upper torso. She was later educated at the Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting in Stockholm from 1991 to 1994. Since then, she has been part of the ensemble at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and made major parts in many classics, such as Iphigenia in Iphigenia at Aulis (1995), Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (1997), Anja in The Cherry Orchard (1997), Estelle in Sartre's No Exit (2000), Marie in Woyzeck (2003), Jessica in The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Martirio in The House of Bernarda Alba (2008). In 2011, she played the violinist in Duet for One.
She has also developed acrobatics skills and worked with theatre interwoven with contemporary circus from the start at the Royal Dramatic Theatre 1994 with Robert Lepage's magical production of August Strindberg's A Dream Play and advanced even more in the lead of a brave staging of Romeo and Juliet 2002. She followed up on that line even for a few years guest performing in Copenhagen in Shakespeare's The Tempest and HC Andersen's The Little Mermaid. She has even participated in productions of modern dance in Stockholm.
On stage, screen and television she's been working in major parts with many prominent personalities, such as Bo Widerberg in The Serpents Way (1986), August Strindberg's The Father and Hedvig in Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck (1989), Hans Alfredson in Time of the Wolf (1988), Colin Nutley in British-Swedish TV series The Way Home (1989), Ingmar Bergman and Daniel Bergman in Sunday's Children (1992), as well as with contemporary dramatists such as Lars Norén and Henning Mankell. In 1999, she shared the title role in the international film Mary, Mother of Jesus with Pernilla August.
- Melinda Kinnaman at the Internet Movie Database
- Melinda Kinnaman's productions at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm (in Swedish)