Biography: Malin Ackerman

Malin Ackerman, who was named one of Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” in 2007, has since been tearing up Hollywood with her beauty, charisma and moxie.  The Swedish-Canadian actress, best known for her sharp comedic timing and cover-girl good looks, has also wowed audiences with her touching dramatic performances.

Akerman recently starred alongside Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch in Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club, a drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of South African apartheid.

Akerman also appeared in The Romantics, directed by Galt Niederhoffer, andthe2010 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner Happythankyoumoreplease.  In The Romantics, Akerman shares the screen with co-stars Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Adam Brody and Elijah Wood.  She joined Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan and Josh Radnor in Radnor’s directorial-debut Happythankyoumoreplease.  As Annie, a woman struggling with alopecia, Akerman gives “one of the most genuine and heartfelt performances from this year” (Erik Davis, Fandango). 

She can also be seen in Sebastian Gutierrez’s fun and sexy Elektra Luxx,which premiered in March 2010 at the SXSW Festival, and Aaron Harvey’s Catch .44, alongside Bruce Willis and Forest Whitaker.

In October 2009, Akerman starred in the Peter Billingsley-directed hit comedy Couples Retreat,opposite Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau.  In March of the same year, she co-starred as the “strong, yet vulnerable” (Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier) Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II in Zack Snyder’s blockbuster Watchmen, which opened at No. 1 with more than $50 million in box-office sales.  For her role in the film, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award.

In 2008, Akerman starred in the hit romantic comedy 27 Dresses, with Katherine Heigl, James Marsden and Edward Burns, under the direction of Anne Fletcher.

Akerman joined Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and reunited with Fletcher, on the romantic comedy The Proposal, which also topped the box office after its debut and grossed more than $100 million to date.

In 2007, Akerman could be seen alongside Ben Stiller in the slapstick comedy The Heartbreak Kid, directed by the Farrelly brothers.  She is often remembered for her delightful portrayal of wacky nutjob Lila in this cult classic.  Akerman’s other credits include Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Brothers Solomon and The Utopian Society.

Despite her wide-ranging experience with feature films, Akerman is also no stranger to the small screen.  Her breakthrough came in 2005 on the HBO series The Comeback, which starred Lisa Kudrow as a washed-up sitcom actress.  Akerman gained the attention of both critics and audiences for her role as Juna Millken, a popular model/musician who befriends Kudrow’s character as she tries to resuscitate her career.  Akerman most recently co-starred in the second season of Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital—a hilarious medical-drama parody.  She also had a memorable recurring role on the third season of HBO’s hit series Entourage.  She was most recently seen in a special episode of How I Met Your Mother.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Akerman moved to Toronto, Canada, at the age of two.  By age five, she had already begun to model and act in television commercials, and at 17, she won the Ford Supermodel of Canada Search.  After attending college as a psychology major, Akerman relocated to California to focus on acting.  It was there where Akerman met her drummer husband, Roberto, while performing as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Petalstones.

Filmography courtesy of Universal Pictures and Relativity Media. Wanderlust opens March 24th, 2012.

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Lance Carter is an actor and the Editor of Daily Actor.

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