joel kinnamanJoel Kinnaman (born as Charles Joel Nordström on 25 November 1979) is a Swedish actor from Stockholm. He is best known for playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed Swedish film Easy Money, and for his role as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series – a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award nomination in the "Best Supporting Actor" category.
Kinnaman started his acting career in 2002. He made his breakthrough in the 2009 film I skuggan av värmen and his success continued with a role in six films of the Johan Falk film series. He was then cast in the film Easy Money (released January 2010), which brought him attention in Sweden and the rest of the world. Looking to expand his acting career, Kinnaman hired an agent in the United States, the same agent that represents Johnny Depp. It was announced in the spring of 2010 that he will be making his international film debut in the 2012 thriller The Darkest Hour, which began filming in Moscow in June 2010. Beginning in April 2011, Kinnaman has a starring role as Detective Stephen Holder in the AMC television series The Killing.
Kinnaman was one of the contenders for the lead roles in Thor and Mad Max 4. He told the newspaper Östran that "it was really close that I got the lead role in Mad Max 4. It stood between me and two others, and the one who got the role was Tom Hardy who plays the lead role in the film Bronson. [...] [The director] was very pleased [with my performance] – but they needed someone who gave an older impression." Regarding Thor, he says that "they wanted someone with a Scandinavian touch. At last we were only five candidates left. Unfortunately I could not fly over [to the United States] and do test shoots with Natalie Portman; it interfered with the filming of Snabba Cash." Although Kinnaman admits that he is eager to work and become recognized in America, he says that "I absolutely don't feel that I have to take any role that I can get just because it is the United States. I'm looking for something interesting, I'm still young in my artistry, and I must dare to do things even when there's a risk for failure." Kinnaman has both Swedish and American citizenship due to his father's United States origin. He has five sisters, one of whom is Melinda Kinnaman, a Swedish actress.
Filmography2011 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film)
2011 – The Darkest Hour (post-production)
2011 – The Killing (U.S. TV series) – Stephen Holder
2010 – Easy Money – Johan "JW" Westlund
2009 – Simon och Malou – Stefan
2009 – Johan Falk - De Fredlösa – Frank Wagner
2009 – Johan Falk - Operation Näktergal – Frank Wagner
2009 – Johan Falk - Leo Gaut – Frank Wagner
2009 – Johan Falk - National Target – Frank Wagner
2009 – Johan Falk - Vapenbröder – Frank Wagner
2009 – Johan Falk - Gruppen för särskilda insatser – Frank Wagner (nominated for a Guldbagge Award in the "Best Supporting Actor" category)
2009 – 183 dagar – Byron (television series; appeared in three episodes)
2009 – I skuggan av värmen – Erik
2008 – Arn - Riket vid vägens slut – Sverker Karlsson
2008 – Andra Avenyn – Gustav (television series; appeared in two episodes)
2007 – Arn - Tempelriddaren – Sverker Karlsson
2006 – Vinnarskallar – Gurra
2005 – Tjenare kungen – Dickan
2005 – Storm – The bartender
2003 – Hannah med H – Andreas
2002 – Den osynlige – Kalle