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Kinnaman at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con
Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman

(1979-11-25) 25 November 1979 (age 39)
Stockholm, Sweden
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality Swedish and American
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Cleo Wattenström
(m. 2015; div. 2018)
Relatives Melinda 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 the 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.

Swedes nation and ethnic group native to Sweden

Swedes are a North Germanic ethnic group native to Sweden. They mostly inhabit Sweden and the other Nordic countries, in particular Finland, with a substantial diaspora in other countries, especially the United States.

United States federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

<i>Easy Money</i> (2010 film) 2010 film directed by Daniél Espinosa

Easy Money is a Swedish thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa that was released on 15 January 2010. It is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Jens Lapidus. Joel Kinnaman stars in the lead role of Johan "JW" Westlund, a rather poor man living a double life in the upper class areas of Stockholm. After meeting a wealthy girl, he is enticed into the world of organized crime and begins to sell cocaine to afford his expensive lifestyle. Easy Money was well received by critics and was a hit at the box office.


Early life

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 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]

Stockholm Capital city in Södermanland and Uppland, Sweden

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries; 960,031 people live in the municipality, approximately 1.5 million in the urban area, and 2.3 million in the metropolitan area. The city stretches across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. Just outside the city and along the coast is the island chain of the Stockholm archipelago. The area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, and was founded as a city in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is also the capital of Stockholm County.

Vietnam War 1955–1975 conflict in Vietnam

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Kinnaman at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con to promote Suicide Squad Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman & Scott Eastwood (28568532666).jpg
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]

<i>Hannah med H</i> 2003 film by Christina Olofson

Hannah med H is a 2003 Swedish film, about an 18-year-old girl named Hannah, who has just moved away from home. She meets a man named Jens, claiming to be a teacher who admires her poetry. However, she starts to receive prank calls, and feels she is being watched. She then discovers that "Jens" is not actually called Jens, or a teacher at all. The soundtrack for this film was created by the Swedish electropop band The Knife, and released as an album, Hannah med H Soundtrack.

<i>Tjenare kungen</i> 2005 film by Ulf Malmros

Tjenare kungen is a Swedish drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 16 September 2005.

Malmö Theatre Academy is a theatre academy at Lund University in Malmö, Sweden, which educates actors, playwrights and performance artists.

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]

<i>The Darkest Hour</i> (film) 2011 Russian-American science fiction thriller

The Darkest Hour is a 2011 science fiction thriller film directed by Chris Gorak and produced by Timur Bekmambetov. It depicts an alien invasion. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Joel Kinnaman and Rachael Taylor, as a group of people caught in the invasion. The film was released on December 25, 2011 in the United States.

AMC (TV channel) American TV channel

AMC is an American pay television channel that is owned flagship property of AMC Networks. The channel's programming, similar to that of FXM, primarily consists of theatrically released films, along with a limited amount of original programming. The channel's name originally stood for "American Movie Classics", but since 2002 the full name has been de-emphasized as a result of a major shift in its programming.

<i>The Killing</i> (U.S. TV series) American crime drama television series

The Killing is an American crime drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and produced by Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment. Set in Seattle, Washington, the series follows the various murder investigations by homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.

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]

Daniel Espinosa Film director, screenwriter

Jorge Daniel Espinosa is a Swedish film director from Trångsund, Stockholm of Chilean origin. He attended the National Film School of Denmark and graduated in 2001. His third feature film, Easy Money, was the Swedish film with most admissions in Sweden in 2010. Espinosa was in talks about directing the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed, but was ultimately replaced by Justin Kurzel.

<i>Safe House</i> (2012 film) 2012 film by Daniel Espinosa

Safe House is a 2012 South African-American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The film follows Matt Weston (Reynolds), a CIA agent on his first low-level posting in Cape Town who is in charge of a safe house where the CIA is interrogating Tobin Frost (Washington), a veteran operative who has allegedly betrayed the agency. When the safe house is attacked by mercenaries who kill almost all the agents, Weston flees with Frost in his charge, and they end up on the run. As the team of killers, who seem to be one step ahead of the pair, track them throughout Cape Town, Weston begins to wonder who to trust.

<i>Lola Versus</i> 2012 film by Daryl Wein

Lola Versus is a 2012 American romantic comedy film directed by Daryl Wein. The screenplay was co-written by Wein and his partner and Lola co-star Zoe Lister-Jones. It stars Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman, Zoe Lister-Jones, Bill Pullman and Debra Winger.

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] In August 2018, Kinnaman was cast as Edward Baldwin in Ronald D. Moore's series, For All Mankind , which will be available as part of the original programming on Apple's upcoming streaming service. [39]

Personal life

In mid-2014, Kinnaman began dating Swedish tattoo artist Cleo Wattenström. [40] In April 2016, Kinnaman revealed he and Wattenström were married. [41] [42] They separated in 2018. [43] [44]


2002 Den osynlige Kalle
2003 Hannah med H Andreas
2005 Tjenare kungen Dickan
2005 Storm Bartender
2007 Arn – The Knight Templar Sverker Karlsson
2008 Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End Sverker Karlsson
2009 In Your Veins Erik
2009183 dagarByron
2009 Johan Falk – Gruppen för särskilda insatserFrank WagnerNominated – Guldbagge Award for the Best Supporting Actor [45]
2009Johan Falk – VapenbröderFrank Wagner
2009Johan Falk – National TargetFrank Wagner
2009Johan Falk – Leo GautFrank Wagner
2009Johan Falk – Operation NäktergalFrank Wagner
2009Johan Falk – De fredlösaFrank Wagner
2009Simon & MalouStefan
2010 Easy Money Johan "JW" Westlund Guldbagge Award for the Best Actor
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Christer Malm
2011 The Darkest Hour Skyler
2012 Safe House Keller
2012 Lola Versus Luke
2012 Easy Money II: Hard to Kill Johan "JW" Westlund
2012Johan Falk – Spelets reglerFrank Wagner
2012Johan Falk – De 107 patrioternaFrank Wagner
2012Johan Falk – Alla råns moderFrank Wagner
2012Johan Falk – Organizatsija KarayanFrank Wagner
2012Johan Falk – BarninfiltratörenFrank Wagner
2012Johan Falk – Kodnamn LisaFrank 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 The Informer Pete KoslowPost-production
2019The Horse BoyAnnounced
1990StorstadFelix LundströmSwedish TV series; credited as Joel Nordström
2008 Andra Avenyn GustavSwedish TV series
2011–2014 The Killing Stephen HolderU.S. TV series; 44 episodes
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television [46]
2016–2017 House of Cards Governor William "Will" ConwayMain role; 15 episodes
2018 Altered Carbon Takeshi Kovacs Lead role; Season 1; 10 episodes
2019 Hanna ErikPost production
TBA For All Mankind Edward BaldwinIn production

Awards and nominations

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

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