Nadia Bjorlin

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Nadia Bjorlin
Nadia Bjorlin 2.jpg
Bjorlin at the 16th Annual Movieguide Faith and Values Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, February 12, 2008
Born
Nadia Alexandra Björlin

(1980-08-02) August 2, 1980 (age 38)
OccupationActress, singer, model
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)
Grant Turnbull (m. 2015)
Children2
WebsiteOfficial website

Nadia Alexandra Bjorlin (born August 2, 1980) is an American actress, singer, and model.

Early life[edit]

Bjorlin was born on August 2, 1980 in Newport, Rhode Island. She is the second eldest child of Swedish composer and conductor Ulf Björlin[1] and Fary Björlin née Dadashi, an Iranian interior designer.[2][3][4]

Bjorlin is fluent in English, Swedish, and Farsi and is also schooled in French, Italian, and Russian. She has an older brother Ulf Alexander Jr. and a younger brother Jean-Paul. She also has an older half-brother Kaj, and two older half-sisters Katja and Kamilla, from her mother's first marriage.[citation needed]

Bjorlin's family moved to her father's native country of Sweden while she was still an infant. She has described her childhood as "wonderful" with "loving parents and siblings to lean on", although Bjorlin recalls being "oblivious" to racial tensions going on in Sweden. Although she never attended school there, a few of her siblings did and she remembers them talking about how they "experienced some torment" from classmates due to being half-Iranian. Being born after the Revolution of Iran, Bjorlin says she "grew up in a time where Iranians were looked down upon in places of the world".[5]

Bjorlin's family moved back and forth between the States and Sweden before she was seven years old. They moved a few times because of her father's work, living in Stockholm, Los Angeles and Palm Beach Florida. For her education, she attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where she was honored for her excellence in theatre, voice, music and dance. Along with her brothers Ulf and Jean Paul, Bjorlin attended the Palm Beach County School of the Arts (now Dreyfoos School of the Arts) for her first 2 years of high school.[6] During her time there, Bjorlin sang with the Palm Beach Opera and in 1996, she competed in a large international vocal competition in Verona, Italy, where she was part of the choir who won the gold medal. While she was a junior in high school her family moved, this time to New York City. Bjorlin was able to attend the Professional Children's School, where she studied alongside other famous actors and actresses, including Julia Stiles, Gaby Hoffmann, and Macaulay Culkin. In May 1999, Bjorlin won first place in the Metro Lyric Opera Competition, taking place in NYC. When she graduated from high school, she decided to shift her focus from singing to acting.[7]

Career[edit]

Bjorlin's first major role was in April 1999 as Chloe Lane[8] on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.[1][9] In late 1999, she appeared as a go-go dancer in the music video for Ricky Martin's song Shake Your Bon-Bon.

Bjorlin left Days in June 2003 to concentrate on her singing career but returned later in December 2003. In September 2005, Bjorlin left Days of our Lives again and joined the cast of the UPN series Sex, Love & Secrets. The show was canceled by the network, but Bjorlin continued to make guest appearances on television series such as Jake in Progress and Out of Practice.

Bjorlin appeared in the 2007 independent feature film If I Had Known I Was a Genius, starring Markus Redmond, Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone, and Tara Reid. The film was screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Bjorlin was also cast as the female lead of the Chicago Pictures' feature film, Redline. The film starred Eddie Griffin and Nathan Phillips, and was released in theaters on April 13, 2007.

Bjorlin returned to Days of Our Lives as Chloe on November 29, 2007, and left the show again in September 2011 to pursue acting in films.[citation needed]

Since 2009, Bjorlin has starred as lesbian author Lara in the web series Venice: The Series.

In 2010, Bjorlin had a small role in NCIS as a suburban housewife wearing a bikini during a door-to-door canvasing by one of the NCIS investigators. That same year she guest starred on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men as Evelyn Harper's (Holland Taylor) lesbian lover, Jill.

In 2011, Bjorlin was one of the stars of the reality television series Dirty Soap[10] which gave viewers a behind-the-scenes view of Nadia's departure from Days of Our Lives, and afterward, including a bit of insight into the tenuous relationship between Nadia's live-in boyfriend and her mother who doesn't like him because she believes that he doesn't treat her well enough.

Bjorlin returned to her role on Days of Our Lives as Chloe for a two-episode stint on August 3, and 4, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the daytime serial.[citation needed]

Bjorlin guest starred on 2 Broke Girls as the owner of a cat found by the girls in an episode aired on October 7, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Bjorlin dated Los Angeles radio personality Frank Kramer around 2000 or 2001; Kramer would often refer to her on his show as "Tuesday". She also dated Bruce Willis around 2001–2002. Bjorlin was once engaged to subprime lending tycoon Daniel Sadek, who produced her film Redline. Bjorlin had been in a relationship with actor Brandon Beemer for seven years until 2013.[11]

Bjorlin became engaged to boyfriend Grant Turnbull, a property developer and home builder, in August 2014.[12] Bjorlin married Turnbull on May 15, 2015 in Palm Springs.[11] The couple have two sons, Torin Mathias (born May 4, 2016),[13] and Viggo Sebastian (born September 1, 2017).[14]

Bjorlin is good friends with her former Days of Our Lives co-star Farah Fath.[15]

Bjorlin's father Ulf Björlin died in 1993 at age 60 due to Leukemia.[citation needed] Since then, Bjorlin has been involved in several charities and fundraisers to help raise awareness and money for research on this type of cancer. She has even formed her own team; Nadia's Cancer Crusaders to help find a cure for this disease. On June 15, 2013, Bjorlin and her then-boyfriend Brandon Beemer participated in and hosted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual "Light the Night" walk at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California with the goal of raising $500,000 for Leukemia research and to help people fight the disease. On October 5, 2013, Bjorlin again participated in the "Light the Night" at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood.[16][17][18]

Apart from singing and acting, Bjorlin is also a musician and plays the flute, harp, guitar, and piano.[2] She also has a couple of pet birds, and a puppy named Tiger.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role
2002 The Marriage Undone Tracie
2007 If I Had Known I Was a Genius Faith
2007 Redline Natasha Martin
2008 Jack Rio Sonia Hunter
2012 Divorce Invitation Alex Roverson
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999–present Days of Our Lives Chloe Lane Role from 1999-present
2004 Complete Savages Woman no. 2 Episode: "Almost Men in Uniform"
2005 Jake in Progress Pretty woman Episode: "Sign Language"
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Meg 2 episodes
2006 Out of Practice Alana Episode: "Model Behavior"
2010 NCIS Brittany Episode: "Dead Air"
2010 Two and a Half Men Jill Episode: "Springtime on a Stick"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Crystal Hasselbeck Episode: "Malice in Wonderland"
2013 Anger Management Dr. Miller Episode: "Charlie's New Sex Study Partner"
2013 2 Broke Girls Pam Episode: "And the Kitty Kitty Spank Spank"
2016 I Know Where Lizzie Is Tracy TV film
2015 Satisfaction Amara Episode: ... Through Travel
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2009–present Venice: The Series Lara Miller Main cast

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Work Role Award Category Result
2011 Venice: The Series Laura Miller Indie Series Awards Best Supporting Actress-Drama Nominated[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nadia Björlin i Hollywoodthriller". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). April 11, 2006. Archived from the original on November 15, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Nadia Bjorlin Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Ghazai, Nima. "Press: The Swede Sound of Music". Nadia-Bjorlin.com – The Official Website. Reprinted from NYLA Magazine.
  4. ^ Kay, Ernest (December 1984). International Who's Who in Music: And Musicians' Directory. 10. Melrose Press Ltd/Google Books. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Björlin, Nadia (2011). "Press: Angel Eyes: Coexistence". Nadia-Bjorlin.com – The Official Website. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Days of our Lives' Nadia Bjorlin Named Official Ambassador for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Light The Night(R)' Walk". August 6, 2002. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  7. ^ Björlin, Nadia. "Biography". Nadia-Bjorlin.com – The Official Website. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "About Chloe Lane Character Page".
  9. ^ Gwen Morett. "Nadia Bjorlin – Days of Our Lives Nadia Bjorlin Profile". About. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "First Look at DIRTY SOAP". Soap Opera Digest. August 27, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  11. ^ a b Richard Ayoub. "'Days of Our Lives' star Nadia Bjorlin gets married". Fox News. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  12. ^ Janet Di Lauro. "Days of Our Lives Alum Nadia Bjorlin Engaged". About. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  13. ^ Leon, Anya. "Nadia Bjorlin Welcomes Son Torin Mathias". People. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "DAYS FAVE WELCOMES BABY NO. 2". Soap Opera Digest. September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  15. ^ Dirty Soap premiere (September 25, 2011).
  16. ^ Purvis, Matt (April 23, 2013). "DOOL's Nadia Bjorlin To Host Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gala". Soaps.com.
  17. ^ Fisher, Laurie; Sperber, David (August 6, 2002). "'Days of our Lives' Nadia Bjorlin Named Official Ambassador for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Light The Night(R)' Walk". PR Newswire.
  18. ^ Björlin, Nadia. "Nadia Bjorlin". Nadia Bjorlin. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 'Man & Woman of the Year' Gala / Light the Night Walk. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  19. ^ Indie Soap Awards, Awards history. Retrieved 2015-02-11.

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