Joel Kinnaman

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Joel Kinnaman
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Kinnaman at the San Diego Comic Con, 2016
BornCharles Joel Nordström Kinnaman
(1979-11-25) 25 November 1979 (age 38)
Stockholm, Sweden
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalitySwedish and American
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Cleo Wattenström
RelativesMelinda Kinnaman (half-sister)

Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman (born 25 November 1979[1]) is a Swedish and American actor[1] who first gained recognition for his roles in Swedish film Easy Money[2][3] and the Johan Falk crime series. Kinnaman is known internationally for his television roles as Detective Stephen Holder in AMC's The Killing, Takeshi Kovacs in the first season of Altered Carbon, and Governor Will Conway in the U.S. version of House of Cards. He has also played Alex Murphy in the 2014 RoboCop remake, and Rick Flag in the film adaptation of Suicide Squad (2016), based on the DC Comics anti-hero team of the same title.

Early life[edit]

Kinnaman was born and raised in Stockholm.[4] His mother, Bitte, a therapist, is a Swedish citizen.[5][4] His father, Steve Kinnaman (originally David Kinnaman), is an American who was drafted during the Vietnam War and deserted the military from his base in Bangkok.[6][7][8] Kinnaman has both Swedish and American citizenship.[3][9] Kinnaman's father, whose family was from the American Midwest, is of English, German, Irish, and Scottish descent, while Kinnaman's mother is Jewish (of Ukrainian Jewish descent).[10][11][12] He has five sisters, one of whom is actress Melinda Kinnaman (his half-sister).[13] During his childhood, Kinnaman learned two languages as he "spoke English with my dad and Swedish with my mom".[4] Kinnaman spent a year in Del Valle, Texas as a high school exchange student.[14][15] After high school, he decided to travel around the world. To finance the trip, he worked in various jobs—as a beer factory line worker and roof-sweeper in Norway, and as a bar manager in the French Alps.[16][17] Kinnaman then travelled for two years in Southeast Asia and South America.[18]


Kinnaman at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con to promote Suicide Squad

Kinnaman began his acting career as a child actor in 1990, with a role in the soap opera Storstad. His older sister was dating one of the show's directors, and he asked Kinnaman to audition for a part on the show. After portraying Felix Lundström in 22 episodes, he stepped away from acting.[19][20]

Kinnaman restarted his acting career in 2002.[1][16] While studying at drama school, Kinnaman featured in several films such as Hannah med H and God Save the King (Swedish: Tjenare kungen).[21][22] He graduated from Malmö Theatre Academy in 2007, and attracted the attention of Swedish media with the role of Raskolnikov in a stage adaptation of Crime and Punishment.[23][4] Kinnaman went on to star in nine Swedish films in 14 months.[14] In 2009, he starred in the film In Your Veins (Swedish: I skuggan av värmen) and played the role of a police informant in six films of the Johan Falk film series.[13][24] He was cast in the film Easy Money (released January 2010), which brought him mainstream attention in Sweden and at the international film market,[2][24][25] and also earned him a Guldbagge Award in the Best Actor category.[26]

Looking to expand his acting career, Kinnaman hired an agent in the United States.[24] It was announced in the spring of 2010 that he would be making his international film debut in the thriller The Darkest Hour, which began filming in Moscow in June 2010 and was released in December 2011.[2] Beginning in April 2011, Kinnaman had a starring role as Detective Stephen Holder in the AMC television series The Killing.[27][28] Kinnaman was one of the contenders for the lead roles in Thor (2011)[13][24][29] and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).[24][22] Although Kinnaman said that he is eager to work and become recognized in the U.S., he added that "I absolutely don't feel that I have to take any role that I can get just because it is the United States. I'm looking for something interesting, I'm still young in my artistry, and I must dare to do things even when there's a risk for failure".[24]

In 2012, Kinnaman reunited with Easy Money director Daniel Espinosa in the latter's Hollywood debut, Safe House,[30] and also starred in the indie film Lola Versus.[31] On 3 March 2012, it was confirmed that Kinnaman would play the lead role of Alex James Murphy/RoboCop in the 2014 remake of 1987's RoboCop. The film was released in February 2014. In 2015, he appeared in the drama Knight of Cups and starred in the thrillers Run All Night and Child 44. Kinnaman played Rick Flag Jr. in the Warner Bros. and DC Comics adaptation of Suicide Squad (2016), directed by David Ayer.[32][33]

In 2016, Kinnaman starred in the independent drama-thriller film Edge of Winter. He plays Elliot Baker, a father of two who takes his children on a shooting trip that goes wrong. The film was released on demand on 27 July, and in select theatres on 12 August.[34] Kinnaman was cast as the protagonist Takeshi Kovacs in Netflix's Altered Carbon,[35] an adaption to Richard K. Morgan's hardboiled cyberpunk science fiction novel of the same title;[35][36] the first season of the Netflix science fiction series debuted on 2 February 2018.[37] On 8 February 2018, it was announced that the actor was cast as Erik in the Amazon series Hanna, an adaptation of the 2011 action film of the same title.[38]

Personal life[edit]

In mid-2014, Kinnaman began dating Swedish tattoo artist Cleo Wattenström.[39] In April 2016, Kinnaman revealed he and Wattenström are married.[40][41]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Den osynlige Kalle
2003 Hannah med H Andreas
2005 Storm The Bartender
2005 Tjenare kungen Dickan
2006 Vinnarskallar Gurra
2007 Arn – The Knight Templar Sverker Karlsson
2008 Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End Sverker Karlsson
2009 In Your Veins Erik
2009 183 dagar Byron
2009 Johan Falk – Gruppen för särskilda insatser Frank Wagner Nominated – Guldbagge Award for the Best Supporting Actor[42]
2009 Johan Falk – Vapenbröder Frank Wagner
2009 Johan Falk – National Target Frank Wagner
2009 Johan Falk – Leo Gaut Frank Wagner
2009 Johan Falk – Operation Näktergal Frank Wagner
2009 Johan Falk – De fredlösa Frank Wagner
2009 Simon & Malou Stefan
2010 Easy Money Johan "JW" Westlund Guldbagge Award for the Best Actor
2011 The Darkest Hour Skyler
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Christer Malm
2012 Safe House Keller
2012 Lola Versus Luke
2012 Easy Money II: Hard to Kill Johan "JW" Westlund
2012 Johan Falk – Spelets regler Frank Wagner
2012 Johan Falk – De 107 patrioterna Frank Wagner
2012 Johan Falk – Alla råns moder Frank Wagner
2012 Johan Falk – Organizatsija Karayan Frank Wagner
2012 Johan Falk – Barninfiltratören Frank Wagner
2013 Johan Falk – Kodnamn Lisa Frank Wagner
2013 Easy Money III: Life Deluxe Johan "JW" Westlund
2014 RoboCop Alex Murphy / RoboCop
2015 Knight of Cups Errol
2015 Run All Night Mike Conlon
2015 Child 44 Wasilij Nikitin
2016 Suicide Squad Rick Flag
2016 Edge of Winter Elliot Baker
2019 Three Seconds Pete Koslow Post-production
2019 The Horse Boy Announced
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Storstad Felix Lundström Swedish TV series; credited as Joel Nordström
2008 Andra Avenyn Gustav Swedish TV series
2011–2014 The Killing Stephen Holder U.S. TV series; 44 episodes
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television[43]
2016–2017 House of Cards Governor William "Will" Conway Main role; 15 episodes
2018 Altered Carbon Takeshi Kovacs Lead role; 10 episodes
TBA Hanna Erik In production
TBA For All Mankind Edward Baldwin Announced

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Award Notes
2011 Guldbagge Awards Best Actor – Easy Money
2012 Saturn Award Nominated – Best Supporting Actor on Television – The Killing


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