Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders[1] (born April 3, 1982)[2] 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.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

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."[3]

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.'"[4]

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.[5]


[1][2]Smulders at the 2011 New York Comic Con.

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 its entire nine seasons.

On the New York stage, she performed in Love, Loss, and What I Wore from at least June 10 to June 27, 2010.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8][9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Smulders and American actor Taran Killam became engaged in January 2009.[12] They married on September 8, 2012 in Solvang, California.[13] The couple has a daughter, Shaelyn Cado Killam (born May 14, 2009).[14]

Smulders resides in Los AngelesCalifornia.[15]


[3][4]Smulders at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International===Film[edit]===

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Walking Tall Eye candy
2004 Ill Fated[16] Mary
2005 The Long Weekend Ellen
2006 Escape[citation needed] Psychotic brunette Short film
2006 Dr. Miracles[17] Mrs. Peterson Short film
2007 28 Weeks Later[18] Martina Short film
2007 The Storm Awaits[19] Anabella DeLorenzo Short film
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Tara
2012 The Avengers Agent Maria Hill
2012 Grassroots Clair
2013 Safe Haven Carly Jo Wheatley
2013 Delivery Man[11] Emma
2014 The Lego Movie Wonder Woman (voice)
2014 They Came Together[20] Tiffany
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Agent Maria Hill
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Agent Maria Hill Filming


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"
2003–2004 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"
2013–2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[7] Agent Maria Hill 2 episodes
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