Malin Akerman Career Milestones
Born: Malin Maria Akerman
Birth Date: May 12, 1978
Birth Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5′ 8″ (1,73 m)
Malin Akerman was born in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her mother, Pia (Sundström), is a model and aerobics instructor, and her father, Magnus Åkerman, is an insurance broker. They moved to Toronto when she was age 2. At age 5, she began appearing in TV commercials. Her parents divorced when she was 6 and her father returned to Sweden.
At age 17, she won the Canadian title of Ford Supermodel. This enabled her to spend 3 years as a catwalk model in Europe. She decided to become a child psychologist and enrolled in York University but she was offered a guest role in Earth: Final Conflict (1997) so she turned her attention back to acting. She moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and won roles in both TV and film. Her breakthrough role came when she was cast as Silk Spectre II in Watchmen (2009).
Malin Akerman is fast becoming one of the industry’s busiest young actresses. She was most recently seen starring as Laurie Jupiter, aka Silk Spectre II, in the Warner Bros. comic-book adventure Watchmen. Last year, she starred in the hit romantic comedy 27 Dresses, with Katherine Heigl, James Marsden and Edward Burns, under the direction of Anne Fletcher.
Akerman recently reunited with Fletcher to star with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in this past summer’s hit comedy The Proposal. In 2007, Akerman starred with Ben Stiller in the romantic comedy The Heartbreak Kid, directed by the Farrelly brothers. Her other film credits include Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and The Brothers Solomon.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Akerman moved to Toronto with her family at the age of two and spent her youth in both Canada and Sweden. At age five, she began modeling and acting in television commercials. When she was 17, she won the Ford Models Supermodel of the World: Canada search, and began spending her summers modeling in Europe. While enjoying success as a model, Akerman ultimately decided to attend college and focus on her studies. She continued acting to pay her bills and landed an audition that brought her to Los Angeles, where she received offers from agents and managers.
Soon after, Akerman moved to Los Angeles and began landing roles in independent films, as well as guest roles in television series. Her breakthrough came in 2005 in the HBO series The Comeback, starring Lisa Kudrow. Akerman gained attention from both critics and audiences for her work on the show in the series regular role of Juna Millken. In addition, she recently had a memorable recurring role on the third season of the hit HBO series Entourage.