Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian actress and former model, known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother and Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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."
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.'"
After she quit modeling, she registered at the University of Victoria to study marine biology. During the summer, she took acting classes and began pursuing her acting career.
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 in 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.
On the New York stage, she performed in Love, Loss, and What I Wore from at least June 10 to June 27, 2010.
Smulders played Maria Hill in Joss Whedon's 2012 film The Avengers. She reprised the role in the 2013 premiere of the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and again in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and has been announced to do so again in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. 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. Smulders did voice a Lego version of Wonder Woman in the 2014 animated film The Lego Movie.
In 2013, Smulders had a supporting role in the romantic film Safe Haven. She also starred in the Vince Vaughn comedy-drama Delivery Man that year.
Smulders and American actor Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009. They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California. The couple have a daughter Shaelyn Cado Killam (born May 14, 2009).
Smulders resides in Los Angeles, California.
|2004||Walking Tall||Eye candy|
|2005||The Long Weekend||Ellen|
|2006||Escape||Psychotic brunette||Short film|
|2006||Dr. Miracles||Mrs. Peterson||Short film|
|2007||28 Weeks Later||Martina||Short film|
|2007||The Storm Awaits||Anabella DeLorenzo||Short film|
|2009||The Slammin' Salmon||Tara|
|2012||The Avengers||Maria Hill|
|2013||Safe Haven||Carly Jo Wheatley|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Wonder Woman (voice)|
|2014||They Came Together||Tiffany|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Maria Hill|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Maria Hill||Filming|
|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||Episode: "Bound"|
|2005||Andromeda||Rhade's wife||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–present||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Maria Hill||2 episodes|