Irina Björklund

Last updated
Irina Björklund
Born
Irina Felicia Björklund

(1973-02-07) 7 February 1973 (age 47)
OccupationActress
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s) Peter Franzén
Children1

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

Contents

Early life and education

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

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] starring George Clooney. [3] She played the role of Clooney's lover, Ingrid. [3]

Recognition

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

Björklund made a duet with Samuli Edelmann titled "Niin kaunis on maa". In 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 no. 21. In 2014, she released another French-language album, La vie est une fête with an even higher charting in Finland reaching no. 6.

Personal life

Björklund is married to Finnish actor Peter Franzén. The couple moved to Los Angeles in 1999, where they lived until 2013, when they moved to France. The couple have a son, born in September 2007.

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

Discography

YearAlbumPeak positions
FIN
[4]
2011Chanson d'automne21
2014La vie est une fête2
2015Ce soir tout peut arriver...19

Filmography

Related Research Articles

Pandora (singer)

Anneli Magnusson, known by her stage names Pandora and United DJs vs. Pandora, is a Swedish Eurodance artist. She was most popular during the mid-1990s in the Nordic countries and in Asia and Australia in the end of 1990s to mid-2000s.

Victoria Silvstedt

Karin Victoria Silvstedt is a Swedish model, actress, singer, and television personality.

Eda-Ines Etti

Eda-Ines Etti is a singer, actress and celebrity in Estonia, also known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. Under her abbreviated stage name Ines, she was Estonia's representative for the contest in Sweden. Her song "Once in a Lifetime" received 4th place in the contest.

Linda Brava

Linda Cullberg Lampenius, better known by her maiden name Linda Lampenius and international stage name Linda Brava, is a Finnish classical concert violinist. Named as one of the most versatile and accomplished players of her generation, Brava has also performed pop, rock, folk, techno, film, jazz, and world music, among others.

Katariina Souri

Katariina Souri is a Finnish author, artist, columnist and Playboy's Playmate of the Month for December, 1988. She has been a writer after her brief Playboy career. On January 25, 2010 Kata Kärkkäinen announced that she changed her name to Katariina Souri.

Heidi Mark is an American model and actress. She is of Finnish descent; her father was born in Helsinki, Finland. She has worked at her father's law office and Hooters. She was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for July 1995. Prior to being a Playmate, she appeared on the cover of the April 1994 issue of the magazine.

Onni Palaste

Onni Palaste, born Onni Bovellan was a Finnish Winter War veteran and writer.

Arja Saijonmaa

Arja Enni Helena Saijonmaa is a Finnish singer, political activist and occasional actress.

Olli Saarela Finnish film director

Olli Juhani Saarela is a Finnish film director. He has directed films such as Ambush, Bad Luck Love, Rollo and the Woods Sprite and Year of the Wolf, which is based on a book written by Virpi Hämeen-Anttila. Ambush was entered into the 21st Moscow International Film Festival.

Timo Koivusalo

Timo Johannes Koivusalo is a Finnish actor, director, writer, composer and musician. His most successful film to date was Rentun Ruusu, released in 2001.

Peter Franzén

Peter Vilhelm Franzén is a Finnish actor, author, screenwriter, and director.

Samuli Edelmann Finnish actor and singer

Samuli Casimir Edelmann is a Finnish actor and singer.

<i>Ambush</i> (1999 film)

Ambush is a 1999 Finnish war film directed by Olli Saarela. Literally "Road of Rukajärvi", the film debuted on 22 January 1999 in Finland, after which it was released internationally. The film is based on a book written by Antti Tuuri and its leads are played by Peter Franzén as Lt. Eero Perkola and Irina Björklund as Kaarina Vainikainen, Lt. Perkola's love.

Tanya Stephens

Vivienne Tanya Stephenson, known by her stage name Tanya Stephens, is a Jamaican reggae singer and deejay who emerged in the late 1990s. She is most known for her hits "Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet" — later featured on the Reggae Gold 1997 compilation album — and "It's a Pity", for which Stephens achieved international recognition. She and business partner Andrew Henton have together co-founded Tarantula Records.

Tuomas Kantelinen is a Finnish composer. He studied composition at the Sibelius Academy with Eero Hämeenniemi. He is best known for his scores for films such as Rukajärven tie, Äideistä parhain, Mindhunters and Mongol. He has also composed the opera Paavo the Great. Great Race. Great Dream., chamber music and orchestral works as well as music for television shows and commercials.

Jonna Christensen, better known by her stage name Jonna, is a pop and R&B singer/songwriter from Finland. She has released three albums, over ten singles and several music videos.

<i>The American</i> (2010 film)

The American is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund, and Paolo Bonacelli. Based on the novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth, it was loosely adapted to screenplay by Rowan Joffé. The film was released on September 1, 2010.

<i>Me and Morrison</i> 2001 film by Lenka Hellstedt

Me and Morrison is a 2001 Finnish romantic drama film directed by Lenka Hellstedt. The film is based on the novel Minä ja Morrison by Katariina Souri and it is the second film in the Restless trilogy, preceded by Restless (2000) and followed by Addiction (2004).

Kati Kovács (comics)

Marje Katalin "Kati" Kovács is a Finnish comics artist. She has released albums in Finnish, Swedish, German, French and Hungarian. Kovács has won several series prizes, including the 1998 Urhunden Prizes for the 1997 best-selling album. Since 1986 she is living in Rome, Italy.

National selections refer to the processes in which the broadcasters of the countries participating in the annual Eurovision Song Contest select the artist and song that will represent them in the contest.

References

  1. Irina Björklund - Suomi-filmin suuri suloinen (in Finnish) City.fi
  2. Irina Björklund on IMDb
  3. 1 2 "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.