Joel Kinnaman – Bio, Wiki, Career, Age, Height, Family, Relationships, Social media accounts, Controversies, Net Worth, Awards, Facts, And More 

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Joel Kinnaman

Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman professionally known as Joel Kinnaman is a Swedish action film hero and Television actor. Joel originally became well-known for his parts in the Swedish movie Easy Money (2010). He is a versatile actor who has built his path through crime movies in Hollywood and international cinema. The roles played by Charles mostly contain detective, action, and thriller and are most famous in ‘Suicide Squad’. With parts ranging from dark Swedish criminal dramas to extravagant sci-fi films set in the future, Kinnaman’s career is a homage to his devotion, flexibility, and natural elegance.

Joel Kinnaman Introduction


Charles Joel Nordström was born on November 25, 1979, in Stockholm, Sweden. His most well-known roles are those of Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series and his main character in the Swedish film Easy Money, for which he was nominated for a Guldbagge Award in the “Best Supporting Actor” category. He began starring on AMC’s The Killing in 2012. Starring in blockbusters and widely acknowledged series such as ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘RoboCop”, and ‘The Informer’ he made a name for himself. Kinnaman holds dual citizenship with the US and Sweden. His mother is of Ukrainian Jewish origin. Actress Melinda Kinnaman is one of the sisters; she is his paternal half-sister. Joel began his career in 2010 and ever since he has been playing powerful characters with a strong storyline. The recent movie “Silent Night” also depicts his signature style of acting. 

Joel Kinnaman Biography


Joel Kinnaman isn’t very active on his social media accounts and rarely shows his presence online. Maybe the Swedish actor wants himself to be recognized through his work in TV and Films. He is also introverted in nature and believes in real-life interaction as compared to virtual interaction with his fans. Although his recent partner Kelly Gale is a famous Swedish internet sensation and fitness influencer. 

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Joel Kinnaman wiki


Joel Kinnaman is a Swedish man with Ukrainian, Scottish, and Irish roots. He is 6’2” feet in height. He has bald faded blonde hair and fair skin. His eyes and nose are prominent features of his face. Joel Kinnaman is frequently characterized as having a ruggedly attractive look and a tall, muscular physique. He has greenish-blue eyes. His face has prominent cheekbones and a sharp jawline. He often keeps his appearance simple off-stage by wearing jeans, T-shirts sneakers, and caps. 

Real NameCharles Joel Nordström Kinnaman 
Stage NameJoel Kinnaman
Birthday November 25, 1979
Age 44 years old
Birthplace Stockholm, Sweden
Present ResidenceLos Angeles, U.S.A.
Gender Male 
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Nationality Swedish, American
Mother TongueSwedish, English
EthnicitySwedish, Irish, Scottish, Ukrainian
School Södra Latin
College/University Teaterhögskolan Malmö
Qualification Professional Degree in Acting
Professional Degree in Theater
Occupation Acting
Net WorthUSD 14 million
Relationship Status Divorced (2015-2018)
In a relationship (Currently)
Children N/A
Height 6′ 2”
Weight 76kg
Eye ColorGreen
Hair ColorDark Blonde
PetsDog (Zoe)


His sun sign is Sagittarius. People under this zodiac sign are authentic, athletic, and joyful. They are often known for their intuition, energy, courage, self-confidence, and enthusiasm. Celebrities like Scarlett Johnsson, Xie Bin Bin, Brad Pitt, Mike Angelo, and Seok Jin have the same star sign as him. 

Joel Kinnaman zodiac sign


Charles’s mother Bitte Nordström is a Swedish therapist and his father, Steve Kinnaman (formerly David Kinnaman) is a Swedish-born American who was recruited into the military during the Vietnam War and left his post in Bangkok. Kinnaman holds dual citizenship with the US and Sweden. He has five sisters. His mother is of Ukrainian Jewish descent, while his father, whose family originated in the American Midwest, is of Irish and Scottish origins. Actress Melinda Kinnaman is his paternal half-sister. He speaks two languages at home, Swedish with his mother and English with his father. 

FatherSteve Kinnaman
MotherBitte Nordström
GrandparentsDavid H. Kinnaman
Rosalie L. Kinnaman
SistersMelinda Kinnaman
Sandra Kinnaman
Leyla Belle Drake
Joel Kinnaman parents and siblings


He got his early education from Södra Latin School, Sweden. Later he focused on his passion for theatre and acting and joined Teaterhögskolan Malmö University. He joined the university as an undergraduate. He was an exchange student in high school for a year, living in Del Valle, Texas. Before, Kinnaman disclosed that he grew up with Noomi Rapace and Alexander Skarsgård, two other actors. He decided to go on a global tour after high school. He took on numerous occupations to pay for the vacations, including roof sweeper and line worker for a beer plant in Norway, as well as bar manager in the French Alps. After that, he spent two years traveling for four to five months at a stretch, first to Southeast Asia and then to South America, where he spent time with fellow Scandinavian actor David Dencik.

Joel Kinnaman early life and education


In 2015, Charles married Swedish tattoo artist Cleo Wattenström from 2015 till 2018. She was an artist based in Los Angeles and was originally from Belgium. Later the couple separated and got divorced. Later a controversy emerged about Joel’s wife and it was circulated on social media about her being a Lesbian

Joel Kinnaman Marriage and wife


After his divorce in 2018, he started to date a Victoria’s Secret model Kelly Gale. She is a Swedish-Australlian model, internet celebrity, and fitness enthusiast. She worked for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Playboy. Kelly also appeared in Enrique Iglesias’ “Duele el Corazón” music video which made her well-known worldwide. The couple announced their engagement in 2021 and are currently engaged and in a relationship.

Joel Kinnaman and Kelly gale


Joel started his acting career in the Swedish series. He had played a little role in television series and had theatre experience before obtaining his breakthrough role in the 2010 movie “Easy Money”. He won the esteemed Guldbagge Award for Best Actor and received critical praise for this crime thriller. Kinnaman made a successful debut in American television with the detective series “The Killing”. He builds his reputation as an enthralling actor by capturing audiences with his depiction of the complicated and moody Detective Stephen Holder.

In the 2014 “RoboCop” remake, he portrayed the famous character of Alex Murphy, transitioning from a cunning investigator to a robotic officer. Although reviews for the movie itself were conflicting. He portrayed Rick Flag in David Ayer’s Warner Bros 2016 film adaption of the DC Comics anti-hero squad “Suicide Squad.” Additionally, he appeared in the indie drama-thriller film “Edge of Winter”, where he portrays Elliot Baker, a father of two who takes his kids on an unsuccessful shooting excursion. Joel also portrayed Governor Will Conway in Netflix’s U.S. adaptations of House of Cards Seasons 4 and 5.

Joel Kinnaman career

Films and TV Shows

From his iconic role in Netflix’s sci-fi series “Altered Carbon” to the action thriller “In Cold Blood”, his roles are Silent, but Deadly! His seamless transitioning abilities between genres captivate audiences with his raw talent. Let’s take a look at the films and TV series he worked in. 

Easy Money2010
The Girl with Dragon Tattoo
The Darkest Hour
Safe House
Lola Versus
Easy Money II: Hard To Kill
John Falk Series
Easy Money III: Life Deluxe2013
Knight of Cups
Run All Knight
Child 44
Suicide Squad
Edge of Winter
The Informer2019
Brothers By Blood
The Secrets  We Keep
The Suicide Squad2021
Sympathy For The Devil
Silent Night 


Charles is currently working as a NASA astronaut Ed Baldwin in the Apple TV+ series. The list of Television series in which Joel played a significant role is as follows:

The Killing2011-2014
House of Cards2016-2017
Altered Carbon2018-2020
In Treatment2021
For All Mankind2019-Present

According to Wikipedia, Charles Kinnman filed for and was granted a temporary restraining order against Gabriella Magnusson on August 6, 2021. He claimed that Magnusson was threatening him and trying to extract money from him following their brief love engagement in late 2018. Magnusson refuted any attempt to blackmail him. The Swedish Prosecution Authority said on August 11, 2021, that Joel was under investigation for possible rape. In October 2022, the inquiry was concluded without charges.  


According to Investor Times, the Swedish-American actor has a net worth of  USD 14 million. Right now, he is a millionaire and most successful Swedish actor with worldwide recognition and loyal fandom.

Source of Income

His main source of income is several successful roles in Films, TV, and online series. 

Joel Kinnaman Source of income


Kinnman is known for his outstanding appearance on camera, he is also vocal about various social and environmental issues. He advocates environmental rights like Greta Thunberg. Seems like Swedish people are greatly concerned about climate change and its impact on Earth. That is why they raised their voices against such issues. He collaborated with organizations like Greenpeace for a safe environment and also supported initiatives focusing on sustainability and human rights. His activism showcases his commitment to making a positive impact beyond the world of glamour.

Joel Kinnaman activism


Let’s see what are his favorite things:

Favorite ColorGrey
Favorite ActorAlexander Skarsgård
Favorite ActressNoomi Rapace 
Favorite TV ShowGame of Thrones
Favorite MovieThe Godfather
Favorite FoodSteak
Favorite SongClassic Swedish
Favorite SportsFootball
Martial Arts
Favorite Hobby Traveling
Favorite GameChess
Joel Kinnaman favorite


The Swedish actor won Awards for his remarkable acting skills in Television and Films.

Såstaholms pris till Höstsols minne / 2009Won
Guldbagge Awards / 2009Nominated
Guldbagge Awards / 2011Won
Saturn Award / 2012Nominated
Saturn Award / 2022Nominated


  • Joel was a chess player.
  • He is multilingual and is fluent in Swedish, English, Danish, and Norwegian.
  • Charles performs all his movie stunts himself.
  • In 2014, he was on the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine.
  • Kinnaman posted his only naked picture on his Instagram account. 
  • Joel grew up with the condition called pectus excavatum.
  • He is in support of LGBTQ+ communities.

Does Joel Kinnaman have an accent?

He got a Swedish-American accent due to his mixed race.  

Does Joel Kinnaman talk in silent night?

He got the most interesting role cinematically. He is telling the story in the movie with actions, rather than dialogues

Who is the Swedish actor in carbon?

Joel Kinnaman is a Swedish actor in carbon. 

Who plays Conway in House of Cards?

Conway: Joel Kinnaman played that role.

Is Joel Kinnaman married?

No. He is currently in a relationship with Swedish-Australlian model, Kelly Gale. Both announced their engagement in 2021. 

Who is Edward Baldwin in for all mankind?

The Swedish-American actor Joel Kinnaman is playing the role of Edward Baldwin in the drama series "For All Mankind".

As a voracious reader of celeb magazines and working experience in theatre, I developed a versatile writing approach about a glamour world which is sprinkled with red carpets and artificer coffee. I'm Samia, your gaze behind the curtain of superstars, where authenticity shines brighter than glitters.

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