About Joel Kinnaman
Born Nov. 25, 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden, Charles Joel Nordström was the son of an American father and a Swedish mother. He had five sisters, including Swedish actress Melinda Kinnaman, who was most famous in America as the female lead in "My Life as a Dog" (1987). A graduate of the prestigious Swedish Academic School of Drama - whose alumni include Stellan Skarsgård, Peter Stormare and Lena Olin - Kinnaman cut his professional teeth on a variety of projects such as "Hannah med H" (2003) and "Tjenare Kungen" ("God Save the King") (2005). He broke through as a star in the romantic drama "I skuggan av värmen" ("In Your Veins") (2009) and that same year followed up as Frank Wagner in the "Johan Falk" series of films, earning a nomination for a Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge Award, the Swedish equivalent of the Oscar.
He became a superstar in his native country and a rising international commodity with his Best Actor Guldbagge Award-nominated turn in the smash double-life thriller "Snabba Cash" ("Easy Money") (2010). Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the critically acclaimed film was the first installment of a trilogy based on the international bestseller written by Jens Lapidus and became the highest grossing Swedish film ever made. Tapped to make the crossover himself to the U.S. market, Kinnaman made headlines around the world when he screen-tested for the lead roles in Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" (2011) and George Miller's long-gestating "Mad Max 4: Fury Road."
After the actor moved to Los Angeles, he landed the juicy role of Stephen Holder, a dogged, rough-edged former narcotics detective promoted to partner lead homicide detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) on "The Killing" (AMC, 2011- ). The stylishly dark American adaptation of the successful Danish murder mystery wowed critics and audiences, with Kinnaman's turn as an inexperienced but resourceful cop proving a true standout. 2011 was set to be a breakthrough year for the actor on both television and in film; he played the villain in the Russia-set alien invasion thriller "The Darkest Hour" (2011) alongside Emile Hirsch and essayed a supporting role in the American adaptation of the international phenomenon "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011).
|Co-starred with Greta Gerwig in the comedy "Lola Versus"|
|Cast alongside Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in "Safe House"|
|Landed minor role in David Fincher's adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"|
|Cast as narcotics detective Stephen Holder opposite Mireille Enos on "The Killing" (AMC)|
|Moved to Los Angeles, CA|
|Screen-tested for the lead role in Kenneth Branagh's "Thor"; part went to Chris Hemsworth|
|Landed breakthrough starring role in the romantic drama "I skuggan av värmen/In Your Veins"|
|Made feature debut in "Den osynlige/The Invisible"|
|Television acting debut, the Swedish series "Storstad"|