Cobie Smulders

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Cobie Smulders
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Smulders at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders

(1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 40)
  • Canada
  • United States
Years active2002–present
(m. 2012)

Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders[1] (born April 3, 1982[2]) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her starring role as Robin Scherbatsky in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) and as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), as well as the ABC action drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013–2015), the Disney+ animated anthology series What If...? (2021), and the upcoming Disney+ limited series Secret Invasion (2023).

Smulders' other films include Safe Haven (2013), They Came Together (2014), Results (2015), and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016). She also starred in the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017), the Netflix comedy series Friends from College (2017–2019), the ABC crime drama series Stumptown (2019–2020), and the FX true crime series Impeachment: American Crime Story (2021).

Early life[edit]

Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and a British mother. She was raised in White Rock, British Columbia, and later moved to the affluent West Point Grey neighbourhood to attend high school at Lord Byng Secondary School. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname "Cobie".[3] Smulders describes herself as "a fluent listener" of French.[4] She has four sisters.[5] Smulders was also a member of the Girl Guides of Canada as a child, participating as a Brownie (Girl Guide program for 7- to 10-year-olds).[6]

Smulders worked in modelling, 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.'"[7]

In her youth, Smulders aspired to be a marine biologist.[4] She took an interest in theatre throughout high school and briefly studied at the University of Victoria before returning to acting.[4]


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Smulders at a CBS event in 2008

Smulders' first acting role was as a guest in the Showtime science-fiction series Jeremiah; she subsequently made multiple appearances on television, including a recurring role on The L Word. Her first role as a series regular 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. The show continued for nine seasons, winning 10 Emmy Awards.[8] In June 2010, Smulders made her off-Broadway debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Westside Theatre.[9]

Smulders played Maria Hill in the 2012 film The Avengers. She received training from a Los Angeles SWAT team trainer to handle guns to portray the character.[10] Smulders has since reprised the role in three episodes of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,[11] and in the films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).[12][13]

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Smulders at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con

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.[14] Smulders voiced a Lego version of Wonder Woman in the 2014 animated film The Lego Movie. It was the first time the Wonder Woman character had a theatrical film appearance.[15] In July 2015, Smulders was reported to have exited the made-for-TV film Confirmation because she had broken her leg; Zoe Lister-Jones was then confirmed to replace her in the role of Harriet Grant.[16]

In 2016, she appeared in the comedy-drama The Intervention and the action adventure film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opposite Tom Cruise. In 2017, she played the recurring character "Mother" in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[17] From 2017 to 2019, she starred in the Netflix original series, Friends from College, in the main role of Lisa Turner.[18] She starred as Dexedrine "Dex" Parios, a PTSD-stricken military veteran turned private detective, in the ABC crime drama Stumptown, which premiered on September 25, 2019.[19]

In 2022, she returned to the role of Robin Charles Scherbatsky for the first season finale of the HIMYM spinoff How I Met Your Father, which airs on Hulu, titled "Timing is Everything".[20]

Personal life[edit]

Smulders became engaged to Taran Killam in January 2009 after meeting him at a mutual friend's party four years earlier.[21] They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California.[22] The couple resides in Pacific Palisades, California.[23] They have two daughters, born in 2009[24] and 2015.[25][26]

In 2015, Smulders revealed she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 25, while shooting season three of How I Met Your Mother in 2007. She had surgery to remove two tumors from her ovaries, but the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, resulting in the need for multiple operations over the course of two years.[27][28] In August 2019, Smulders revealed she is in remission.[29]

In 2020, Smulders announced that she became an American citizen, while still retaining her Canadian citizenship. She stated that part of her motivation to become an American citizen was due to the 2020 presidential election.[30]

Charity work[edit]

Smulders filmed a public service announcement with Oceana, an international ocean-conservation organization, in 2014.[31][32] In May 2020, she released a clip parodying "Let's Go to the Mall", a song her character performed on How I Met Your Mother, titled "Let's All Stay at Home", to encourage the public to enforce COVID-19 lockdowns. Smulders also encouraged fans to donate to Save the Children, Canada Helps and the Daily Bread Food Bank amidst the pandemic.[33] In September 2020, she promoted cleaning up refuse and litter with National CleanUp Day, Clean Trails and Planet Oat. "And I'm hoping people get out and can see that for themselves, and hopefully they'll take a stand to help the planet."[34][35][36][37]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Walking Tall Exotic Beauty
2004 Ill Fated Mary [38]
2005 The Long Weekend Ellen
2006 Escape Psychotic Brunette Short film
2006 Dr. Miracles Mrs. Peterson Short film[39]
2007 The Storm Awaits Anabella DeLorenzo Short film[40]
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 Amber Thigpen
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Maria Hill
2015 Unexpected Samantha Abbot [41]
2015 Results Kat
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Maria Hill
2015 Being Canadian Herself Documentary
2016 The Intervention Ruby
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Major Susan Turner
2017 Literally, Right Before Aaron Allison
2017 Killing Gunther Lisa McCalla
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Maria Hill Uncredited cameo; post-credits scene
2018 Alright Now Joanne Skye
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Wonder Woman (voice)
2019 Avengers: Endgame Maria Hill Cameo
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Soren / Maria Hill
2020 Cicada Sophie


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 Veritas: The Quest Juliet Droil Main role; 13 episodes
2004 Smallville Shannon Bell / Eve Andrews Episode: "Bound"
2005 Andromeda Jillian Rhade 2 episodes: "The Heart of the Journey (Parts 1 & 2)"
2005 The L Word Leigh Ostin 4 episodes
2005–2014 How I Met Your Mother Robin Scherbatsky Main role; 208 episodes
2010 How to Make It in America Hayley Episode: "Pilot"
2013–2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill 3 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Cobie Smulders Wears a Black & White Strapless Dress"
2015 Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris Herself Episode: "Tyler Perry"
2016 Animals. Anni (voice) Episode: "Flies."
2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events Mrs. Quagmire Recurring role; 8 episodes
2017–2018 Nature Cat Nature Dog (voice) 4 episodes
2017–2019 Friends from College Lisa Turner Main role; 16 episodes
2019 Arrested Development Young Lucille Bluth 3 episodes[42]
2019–2020 Stumptown Dexadrine "Dex" Parios Lead role; 18 episodes
2019 Room 104 Marian Wallace Episode: "The Specimen Collector"
2020 The Simpsons Hydrangea (voice) Episode: "Bart the Bad Guy"
2021 What If...? Maria Hill (voice) Episode: "What If... Thor Were an Only Child?"
2021 Impeachment: American Crime Story Ann Coulter Recurring role; 5 episodes
2022 How I Met Your Father Robin Scherbatsky Episode: "Timing is Everything"
2022 The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib Stella Chimeric (voice) Episode: "The Great Medieval London Fire of 1135"
2023 Secret Invasion Maria Hill Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Love, Loss, and What I Wore Principal character June 10, 2010 – June 26, 2010
Westside Theatre
2017 Present Laughter Joanna Lyppiatt April 5, 2017 – July 2, 2017
St. James 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) How I Met Your Mother Nominated
2017 Theatre World Award Present Laughter Honoree
2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actress in a Superhero Series Stumptown Nominated


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Michelle Monaghan (2010–2011)
Voice of
Wonder Woman
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