Joel Kinnaman Biography


Birthday: November 25, 1979 (Sagittarius)

Born In: Stockholm, Sweden

Joel Kinnaman is a Swedish-American actor best known for appearing in the Swedish film ‘Easy Money’ and for playing Frank Wagner in the ‘Johan Falk’ movie series. Currently, he stars in a lead role in the Netflix science fiction drama series ‘Altered Carbon’. Born to a therapist mother and a military man father, Kinnaman entered the show business by chance. He spent a year in Texas as a high school exchange student. An avid traveler, he did various jobs after school to finance his world trips. He travelled in South America and Southeast Asia for two years before beginning his career as an actor. Since then, he has worked in a number of films and continues to do so with sheer dedication. Kinnaman is the half-brother of actress Melinda Kinnaman. He has millions of fans worldwide and many youngsters in the industry look up to him as their inspiration and dream of becoming a successful actor just like him. On a personal note, the star is married to a tattoo artist named Cleo Wattenström. The couple currently resides in Los Angeles.

Quick Facts

Girlfriend: Olivia Munn (ex-girlfriend)

Also Known As: Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman

Age: 44 Years, 44 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Cleo Wattenström (m. 2016)

father: Steve Kinnaman (originally David Kinnaman)

mother: Bitte Kinnaman

siblings: Leyla Belle Drake, Melinda Kinnaman

Born Country: Sweden

Actors American Men

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

Ancestry: Irish American, Swedish American, Ukrainian American, American Swedish, Irish Swedish, Scottish Swedish

City: Stockholm, Sweden

Joel Kinnaman started his acting career as a child artist in 1990, with a role in the Swedish opera ‘Storstad’. After the opera ended, he stepped away from acting. In 2002, he restarted his acting career, enrolling in the Malmö Theatre Academy. During his time there, Kinnaman featured in numerous movies, such as ‘Hannah med H’, 'Storm', 'Tjenare kungen' and ‘God Save the King.’ Following his graduation in 2007, he appeared in a stage adaption of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel ‘Crime and Punishment’. After this, the actor got featured as Gustav in the TV series ‘Andra Avenyn’.
He starred in the flick ‘In Your Veins’ in 2009. The same year, he played Frank Wagner in six films of the ‘Johan Falk’ movie series. Kinnaman was cast as Johan "JW" Westlund in the Swedish thriller film ‘Easy Money’ in 2010 and went on to become an international star with his performance. In the year 2011, he appeared in the thriller ‘The Darkest Hour’. That year, he also began playing the role of Detective Stephen Holder in the television series ‘The Killing’.
The actor starred in the movies ‘Safe House’ and ‘Lola Versus’ in 2012. He then reprised his role as Johan "JW" Westlund in ‘Easy Money II: Hard to Kill’ in 2012 and ‘Easy Money III: Life Deluxe’ in 2013. The following year, he did the superhero action flick ‘RoboCop’. Kinnaman was then featured in the films ‘Knight of Cups’, ‘Child 44’ and ‘Run All Night’ in 2015. From 2016 to 2017, he played Governor Will Conway in ‘House of Cards’. During this time, he also had roles in the movies ‘Suicide Squad’ and ‘Edge of Winter’. In 2018, the actor was cast in the lead role of Takeshi Kovacs in the drama ‘Altered Carbon’.
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Personal Life
Joel Kinnaman was born as Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman on 25 November 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden to Bitte and Steve Kinnaman. His mother is a Swedish therapist and his father is an American military man. Kinnaman has five sisters including actress Melinda Kinnaman.
Coming to his love life, the actor dated Olivia Munn in 2012. The duo separated two years later. Soon after, Kinnaman began dating tattoo artist Cleo Wattenström and married her in 2016.
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