Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders

Born Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders
(1982-04-03) April 3, 1982
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Taran Killam (m. 2012)
Children 2

Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders[1][2] (born April 3, 1982)[3][4] is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) and Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Early life

Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to a Dutch father and an English mother. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname "Cobie".[5] Smulders describes herself as "a fluent listener" of French.[6]

Smulders worked in modeling, which she later said she "kind of hated", adding that the experience made her hesitant about pursuing acting as a career: You know you go into these rooms, and I've had the experience of people judging you physically for so long and I was over that. But then it was like, 'Oh no, I have to actually perform. I have to do well, and I have to have a voice, and I have to have thoughts now.'"[7]

In her youth, Smulders aspired to be a marine biologist.[6] Describing her transition to her eventual professions, she said,

I studied acting throughout high school, then modeling took over because it brought more opportunity. When I quit modeling, coming back to Vancouver, I registered at the University of Victoria. At the same time, that summer, I was taking acting classes and decided to give that a year or two instead of going back to school. I always wanted to go back to school. I was looking into taking some classes part-time, but marine biology involves a lot of lab time.[6]

Acting career

Smulders at the CBS Comedies Premiere Party in September 2008

Smulders' first acting role was as a guest in the Showtime science fiction series Jeremiah, and she has appeared in several television series since, including a recurring role on The L Word. Her first permanent series role was in the short-lived ABC series Veritas: The Quest, which ran for one season. After the cancellation of Veritas, Smulders was cast as television reporter Robin Scherbatsky on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2005, remaining on the show for its entire nine-season run.

In June 2010, Smulders made her Off-Broadway debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore at The Westside Theatre.[8]

Smulders played Maria Hill in the 2012 film The Avengers. She received training from a Los Angeles SWAT team trainer to handle guns in order to portray the character.[9] Smulders reprised the role in two episodes of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,[10] and in the films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).[11][12] Joss Whedon has suggested he had considered her for the role of Wonder Woman in his draft of the eponymous film, which did not go into production.[13] Smulders did voice a Lego version of Wonder Woman in the 2014 animated film The Lego Movie. It was the first time the Wonder Woman character had a theatrical film appearance.[14]

In 2013, Smulders had a supporting role in the romance film Safe Haven. She also starred in the comedy-drama Delivery Man and They Came Together.[15] In July 2015, it was reported that Smulders had exited the made-for-TV film Confirmation because she had broken her leg; Zoe Lister-Jones was then confirmed to replace her in the role of Harriet Grant.[16]

Charitable endeavours

She filmed a PSA with Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, in 2014.[17][18]

Personal life

Smulders and American actor and comedian Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009.[19] They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California.[20] The couple reside in New York City, New York.[21] They have two daughters; their first, Shaelyn, was born May 16, 2009,[22] and their second, whose name has not been revealed, was born in January 2015.[23][24][25]

In 2015, Smulders revealed she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 25, while shooting season three of How I Met Your Mother in 2007. She had surgery to remove two tumors from her ovaries, but the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, resulting in the need for multiple surgeries over the course of two years.[26][27]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Walking Tall Eye candy
2004 Ill Fated[28] Mary
2005 The Long Weekend Ellen
2006 Escape Psychotic brunette Short film
2006 Dr. Miracles[29] Mrs. Peterson Short film
2007 The Storm Awaits[30] Anabella DeLorenzo Short film
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Tara
2012 The Avengers Maria Hill
2012 Grassroots Clair
2013 Safe Haven Carly Jo Wheatley
2013 Delivery Man Emma
2014 The Lego Movie Wonder Woman Voice
2014 They Came Together Tiffany
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Maria Hill
2015 Unexpected[31] Samantha Abbot
2015 Results Kat
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Maria Hill
2016 The Intervention Ruby
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Major Susan Turner
TBA Why We're Killing Gunther Filming
TBA Literally Right Before Aaron Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Special Unit 2 Zoe Episode: "The Wish"
2002 Jeremiah Deborah Episode: "Thieves' Honor"
2003 Tru Calling Sarah Webb Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
2003–2004 Veritas: The Quest Juliet Droil 13 episodes
2004 Smallville Shannon Bell/Eve Andrews Episode: "Bound"
2005 Andromeda Jillian Rhade 2 episodes
2005 The L Word Leigh Ostin 4 episodes
2005–2014 How I Met Your Mother Robin Scherbatsky 208 episodes
2010 How to Make It in America Hayley Episode: "Pilot"
2013–2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill 3 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Cobie Smulders Wears a Black & White Strapless Dress"
2016 Animals. Anni (voice) Episode: "Flies."
TBA Friends From College


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Love, Loss, and What I Wore Principal character June 10, 2010 – June 26, 2010
Westside Theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 EWwy Award Best Supporting Actress – Comedy How I Met Your Mother Won
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite TV Gal Pals (shared with Alyson Hannigan) Nominated


  1. Smulders, Cobie, quoted in Radnor, Josh (April 12, 2007). "A Most Engaging Story". Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009. [My full birth name is] Jacoba Fransisca Maria Smulders.
  2. "Cobie Smulders on life after "How I Met Your Mother"". CBS News. March 30, 2014. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  3. "Cobie Smulders". Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  4. "Thank you all for the Birthday love!!". Cobie Smulders verified Twitter account. April 3, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  5. "Cobie Smulders on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson". YouTube. April 18, 2008. Archived from the original on June 15, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  6. 1 2 3 Johnson, Brian D. (November 16, 2013). "'It's always in my back pocket': Cobie Smulders on Canadian identity". Maclean's. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  7. Zuo, Mila (September 1, 2009). "The Elusive Charm of Cobie Smulders". Venus Zine. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  8. Wieselman, Jarett (June 10, 2010). "'Love, Loss' and two lovely ladies". New York Post. Archived from the original on October 18, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  9. Sacks, Ethan (April 29, 2012). "'The Avengers': Scarlett Johansson & Cobie Smulders are superwomen of the screen". Daily News. New York City. Archived from the original on October 7, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  10. Goldberg, Lesley (July 19, 2013). "Cobie Smulders' Comic-Con Reveal: Secret 'Agents of SHIELD' Role". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  11. Graser, Marc (October 29, 2012). "Frank Grillo to play Crossbones in 'Captain America' sequel". Variety. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  12. Thompson, Bob (November 7, 2013). "Vancouver's Cobie Smulders is on a roll (with video)". Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alberta. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  13. "Satin Tights No Longer". February 3, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  15. Cobie Smulders Joins the ‘Starbuck’ Family. NextMovie (2012-08-27). Retrieved on 2013-01-07.
  16. Petski, Denise (July 9, 2015). "Zoe Lister-Jones Joins HBO Movie 'Confirmation' In Recasting".
  17. Wiseman, Jessica (August 6, 2014). "Photos: Rashida Jones, Cobie Smulders, and Angela Kinsey Help Protect Belizean Reefs". Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  18. Scott, Walter (November 23, 2013). "Cobie Smulders' Detachable Baby Bump". Parade. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  19. Alexander, Reagan (January 28, 2009). "HIMYM's Cobie Smulders Flashes Her New Engagement Ring". People. Retrieved November 25, 2009.
  20. ""SNL's" Taran Killam Marries "How I Met Your Mother's" Cobie Smulders — Exclusive". RumorFix. September 8, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  21. "Cobie Smulders". How I Met Your Mother (official CBS site). Archived from the original on January 22, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  22. Leon, Anya (July 3, 2009). "It's a Girl for Cobie Smulders". People. Retrieved November 25, 2009.
  23. "Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders Expecting Second Child". People. October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  24. Klassen, Anna (January 26, 2015). "'Unexpected' Star Cobie Smulders & Director Kris Swanberg On Finally Making a Pregnancy Film From the Female Perspective". Retrieved January 30, 2015. I'm in Sundance and I have a three week old baby, so I can certainly relate.
  25. "SNL - Scarlett Johansson Sings Sexy 'Love You Baby' Lullaby [Monologue]". MetaTube. 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  26. "'I had tumors on both ovaries': Cobie Smulders reveals cancer scare". Today. April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  27. "Mom of 2 Cobie Smulders Reveals Her Battle with Ovarian Cancer". People. April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  28. Bobbin, Jay (August 13, 2006). "Cobie Smulders - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune.
  29. Dr. Miracles Episode 3. YouTube. October 2006.
  30. "The Storm Awaits (episode three)". YouTube. Very Advanced Productions. February 15, 2007. 3:18 minutes in.
  31. "NBA Star Chris Webber To Exec Produce Cobie Smulders Drama 'Unexpected'". January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.

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