Cobie Smulders

Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders[1] (born April 3, 1982)[2] is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for her starring role as Robin Scherbatsky in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) and as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

Cobie Smulders
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Smulders in 2019
Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders

(1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 38)
EducationLord Byng Secondary School
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2002–present
m. 2012)

Smulders' other films include Safe Haven (2013), They Came Together (2014), Results (2015), and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016). She stars as Dex Parios in the ABC crime drama series Stumptown (2019–present).

Early lifeEdit

Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and a British mother. She was raised in White Rock, British Columbia and later moved to the affluent West Point Grey neighborhood in Vancouver to attend high school at Lord Byng Secondary School. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname "Cobie."[3] Smulders describes herself as "a fluent listener" of French.[4] She has four sisters: Melissa, Amy, Fiona and Julie.[5]

Smulders worked in modelling, 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.'"[6]

In her youth, Smulders aspired to be a marine biologist.[4] 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.[4]

Smulders was also a member of the Girl Guides of Canada as a child, participating as a Brownie (Girl Guide program for 7-8 year olds).[7]


Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris in 2013

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 three episodes of the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,[10] and in the films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).[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]

Teyonah Parris, Smulders, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in 2014

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]

In 2016, she appeared in the comedy-drama The Intervention and with Tom Cruise in the action adventure film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. In 2017, she played the recurring character "Mother" in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[17]

From 2017 to 2019, she starred in the Netflix original series, Friends from College, in the main role of Lisa Turner.[18] She currently stars as Dexedrine "Dex" Parios, a PTSD-stricken military veteran turned private detective, in the ABC crime drama Stumptown, which premiered on September 25, 2019.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Smulders became engaged to Taran Killam in January 2009 after meeting him at a mutual friend's party four years prior.[20] They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California.[21] The couple reside in Pacific Palisades, California.[22] They have two daughters together: Shaelyn Cado, born on May 16, 2009, and Janita, born January 4, 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 operations over the course of two years.[26][27] In August 2019, Smulders revealed she is in remission.[28]

Charitable endeavoursEdit

Smulders filmed a public service announcement with Oceana, an international ocean conservation organization, in 2014.[29][30]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Walking Tall Exotic Beauty
2004 Ill Fated Mary [31]
2005 The Long Weekend Ellen
2006 Escape Psychotic Brunette Short film
2006 Dr. Miracles Mrs. Peterson Short film[32]
2007 The Storm Awaits Anabella DeLorenzo Short film[33]
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 Amber Thigpen
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Maria Hill
2015 Unexpected Samantha Abbot [34]
2015 Results Kat
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Maria Hill
2016 The Intervention Ruby
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Major Susan Turner
2017 Literally, Right Before Aaron Allison
2017 Killing Gunther Lisa McCalla
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Maria Hill Cameo
2018 Alright Now Joanne Skye
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Wonder Woman (voice)
2019 Avengers: Endgame Maria Hill Cameo
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Maria Hill / Soren


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 Veritas: The Quest Juliet Droil Main role; 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 Lead role; 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"
2015 Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris Herself Episode: "Tyler Perry"
2016 Animals. Anni (voice) Episode: "Flies."
2017 A Series of Unfortunate Events Mother / Mrs. Quagmire Recurring role; 8 episodes
2017 Nature Cat Nature Dog (voice) Episode: "Ocean Commotion"
2017–2019 Friends from College Lisa Turner Main role; 16 episodes
2019 Arrested Development Young Lucille Bluth 3 episodes[35]
2019–present Stumptown Dexadrine "Dex" Parios Lead role; 18 episodes
2019 Room 104 Marian Wallace Episode: "The Specimen Collector"
2020 The Simpsons Hydrangea (voice) Episode: "Bart the Bad Guy"


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Love, Loss, and What I Wore Principal character June 10, 2010 – June 26, 2010
Westside Theatre
2017 Present Laughter Joanna Lyppiatt April 5, 2017 – July 2, 2017
St. James Theatre

Awards and nominationsEdit

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
2017 Theatre World Award Present Laughter Honoree


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  2. ^ "UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 3, 2019". United Press International. April 3, 2019. Archived from the original on April 3, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019. actor Cobie Smulders in 1982 (age 37)
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  13. ^ "Satin Tights No Longer". February 3, 2007. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  14. ^ "The LEGO Movie review". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Cobie Smulders Joins the 'Starbuck' Family". NextMovie. August 27, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (July 9, 2015). "Zoe Lister-Jones Joins HBO Movie 'Confirmation' In Recasting". Deadline Hollywood.
  17. ^ "Who Do Will Arnett & Cobie Smulders Play In 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events'? Not Everything Is As It Seems". Bustle. January 14, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  18. ^ Jackson, Dory (January 12, 2019). "Cobie Smulders spills on 'Friends From College' Season 2 and whether fans should like the characters". Newsweek. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  19. ^ Lawrence, Derek (September 17, 2019). "'Stumptown' is ready to bring you a type of character that 'didn't exist on television'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
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  21. ^ ""SNL's" Taran Killam Marries "How I Met Your Mother's" Cobie Smulders — Exclusive". RumorFix. September 8, 2012. Archived from the original on April 7, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
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  25. ^ 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.
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  29. ^ Wiseman, Jessica (August 6, 2014). "Photos: Rashida Jones, Cobie Smulders, and Angela Kinsey Help Protect Belizean Reefs". Oceana. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
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  32. ^ Dr. Miracles Episode 3. YouTube. October 2006.
  33. ^ "The Storm Awaits (episode three)". YouTube. Very Advanced Productions. February 15, 2007. 3:18 minutes in.
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  35. ^ Snierson, Dan (March 7, 2019). "Arrested Development: Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam to play Lucille and George Sr". Entertainment Weekly.

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Preceded by
Michelle Monaghan (2010–2011)
Voice of
Wonder Woman
Succeeded by