Jacoba Francisca Maria “Cobie” Smulders is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for her starring roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014) and Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Cobie was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn’t until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several school productions. As a teenager, Cobie caught the eye of a modeling agency, which led to several years of world travel to places such as France, Japan, Italy, Greece, and Germany. Yet even as Cobie’s modeling career was on the rise, she still managed to attend school, graduating from high school in 2000 with honors.
Once out of high school, Cobie continued modeling internationally until the opportunity arose to audition for film and television. It was not long before Cobie’s natural ability as an actress impressed casting directors, landing her guest spots on television series such as Special Unit 2 (2001) and Jeremiah (2002). In addition, Cobie also appeared in the short Candy from Strangers (2001) directed by fellow Canadian rising star Eric Johnson.
Smulders became engaged to Taran Killam in January 2009. They married on September 8, 2012, in Solvang, California. The couple reside in New York City, New York. They have two daughters; their first, Shaelyn, was born May 16, 2009, and their second was born in January 2015.