Joel Kinnaman, November 25, 1979, in Stockholm, Sweden, is a Swedish-American actor, best known for playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed Swedish film “Easy Money”.
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. He made his international film debut in the thriller “The Darkest Hour”, which was released in December 2011. In April 2011, he was cast as 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″ but lost out to Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hardy, respectively.
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.”