Malin Akerman Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Malin Akerman is a Swedish-American actress, model, and singer born on May 12, 1978. She started her career with small roles in Canadian and American movies like “The Utopian Society” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” Her breakthrough came with HBO’s “The Comeback” and she later starred in popular romantic comedies like “The Heartbreak Kid” and “27 Dresses.” Akerman gained fame as Silk Spectre II in the superhero film “Watchmen” earning a Saturn Award nomination.

She appeared in successful films like “The Proposal,” “Couples Retreat,” and “Rampage.” Akerman’s performance in “The Final Girls” earned her a Fangoria Chainsaw Award nomination. Her notable dramas include “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “To the Stars.” On TV she received acclaim for her role in the sitcom “Trophy Wife” and appeared in “Children’s Hospital” and “Billions.”

Outside acting and modeling, Malin Akerman briefly pursued music as the lead singer of the band the Petalstones in the early 2000s releasing an album in 2005 before focusing solely on acting. She has been married twice: first to Petalstones drummer Roberto Zincone from 2007 to 2014 with whom she has a son and since 2018 to English actor Jack Donnelly. In 2024, she co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö with Petra Mede.

Full NameMalin Maria Åkerman
Date of BirthMay 12, 1978
Place of BirthStockholm, Sweden
OccupationActress, model, singer
Height5 feet 7 inches (170 cm)
SpouseJack Donnelly (m. 2018)
Roberto Zincone (m. 2007–2014)
ChildrenSebastian Zincone
Net Worth$10 million

Malin Akerman’s Early Life and Education

Malin Akerman Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Malin Akerman was born in Stockholm on May 12, 1978. Her mom Pia taught aerobics and modeled part-time while her dad Magnus worked as an insurance broker. When Malin was two the family moved to Canada for her dad’s job. They later split up with her dad returning to Sweden. Both parents remarried giving Malin one half-brother and two half-sisters including Jennifer Åkerman.

After her mom remarried they settled in Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario but her mom divorced again during Malin’s teenage years. Malin attended several schools including Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in St. Catharines Ontario. She spent school breaks with her dad in Falsterbo and kept in touch by phone. Malin credits her parents as positive influences and was raised Buddhist.

During her youth, Malin Akerman competed in figure skating for ten years. Her mom got her into modeling while she was in elementary school. At 16 she was discovered by Ford Models at a mall in St. Catharines and signed with them eventually landing a deal with Noxzema. She moved to Toronto and juggled modeling while attending North Toronto Collegiate Institute and later Dante Alighieri Academy.

At 18 inspired by challenges from her childhood, she planned to become a child psychologist. To support herself she did TV commercials and catalog shoots. While at York University her commercial work led to guest roles on TV which she initially saw as a way to pay for school but grew to enjoy. She eventually left university to pursue acting full-time moving to Los Angeles in 2001.

Career

Malin Akerman Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Malin Akerman began her acting career in 1997 on a Canadian sci-fi show called “Earth: Final Conflict playing a robot.” She almost got a break on an MTV pilot with Rachel McAdams but the show never got picked up. Over the years she appeared in various TV series and films like “Relic Hunter,” “The Skulls,” and “Witchblade.” In 2001, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting more broadly starting by working as a waitress and crashing with friends.

In 2002, she got a role in “The Utopian Society” and her involvement with the band Ozono led her to sing for them as part of the Petalstones. Their first album “Stung” came out in 2005 but she eventually left the band to focus on acting again. She described her singing style as self-taught and expressive.

In 2004, she appeared in Harold & Kumar’s “Go to White Castle” and despite facing audition challenges she landed a significant role in HBO’s “The Comeback” in 2005. This led to more acting opportunities including roles in “Love Monkey,” “Entourage,” and “The Brothers Solomon” in 2007. That year she also appeared in “The Heartbreak Kid” alongside Ben Stiller. Although the film received mixed reviews her performance was well-regarded.

Her big break came in 2009 when she starred as Silk Spectre II in the superhero film “Watchmen” Directed by Zack Snyder the film was a hit though her acting received mixed reviews. She also appeared in “The Proposal” and “Couples Retreat” that same year both commercially successful despite critical reception. Later she starred in “Happythankyoumoreplease” in 2010 and joined the cast of “Children’s Hospital.”

Malin Akerman appeared in several movies and TV shows over the years. In 2012, she played roles in the comedy “Wanderlust” alongside Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd where a couple finds themselves at a commune. The film got mixed reviews but praised the actors. She also starred in “Rock of Ages” as a journalist who interviews Tom Cruise‘s character and they even sang a duet together. Despite its underperformance, the soundtrack did well on the charts.

Malin Akerman Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In “Stolen” a 2012 action film Malin Akerman acted opposite Nicolas Cage but the movie didn’t do well critically or at the box office. She also appeared in several other films like “The Numbers Station,” “CBGB,” and “The Giant Mechanical Man” receiving varying reviews.

From 2013 to 2014, Malin Akerman starred in the ABC sitcom “Trophy Wife” as Kate the third wife of Bradley Whitford’s character. Initially hesitant due to the title she liked the script’s portrayal of her character. The show received positive feedback for its acting and chemistry but was canceled after one season.

She continued her TV career with roles in shows like “Sin City Saints” and “Billions.” In “Billions” she played Lara Axelrod the wife of a billionaire which earned her acclaim. Akerman also appeared in various films including “Rampage” in 2018 where she played a villain and “I’ll See You in My Dreams” in 2015 which received positive reviews.

Malin Akerman has taken on diverse roles in projects like “The Sleepover” and “Chick Fight” showcasing her versatility. She also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2024 and starred in films like “The Donor Party” and “Ett sista race.”

Net Worth

Main Akerman has an estimated net worth of $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The main source of Malin Åkerman’s net worth primarily comes through her acting career. She has starred in numerous films and television shows, including popular roles in “Watchmen,” “27 Dresses,” and “Billions.” Her earnings come from acting salaries, endorsements, and occasional modeling work.

In addition to her on-screen roles, Åkerman has also been involved in music, contributing to her income. Her diverse talents and consistent work in the entertainment industry have significantly contributed to her financial success.

Personal life

Malin Akerman Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In her journey from Sweden to Canada, Malin Akerman feels a strong bond with both countries. She’s Swedish by birth and loves Canada deeply even though she’s not a citizen there only a permanent resident. In 2018, she became a US citizen.

Her personal life has seen ups and downs. She met Roberto Zincone an Italian musician in 2003 while she was singing with the Petalstones band. Despite a language barrier at first (he didn’t speak English well) they fell in love and got married in Sorrento in 2007. They had a son in 2013 but separated later that year with divorce proceedings starting soon after.

After her divorce, Malin Akerman found love again with English actor Jack Donnelly. They got engaged in 2017 and tied the knot in Tulum in 2018.

Inspired by her Buddhist upbringing Akerman has tattoos that hold special meaning for her. On her upper back, she has a lotus flower, and on her right wrist a “Z” in honor of her ex-husband.

Akerman has also shared that she is dyslexic which makes learning lines challenging for her. She often prefers improvising on set rather than sticking strictly to scripted lines.

In 2008, Malin Akerman was listed as the 60th most desirable woman on AskMen.com’s “99 Most Desirable Women” list. That same year Maxim magazine ranked her 59th in their annual “Hot 100” list. The following year she climbed to number four on Maxim’s list.

In 2012, Malin Akerman traveled to Tanzania with Opportunity International and has since supported their global development efforts. She became a Young Ambassador for Opportunity in June 2012 and hosted a fundraiser for them in October 2012. In 2021, she joined actress January Jones to serve food at the Los Angeles Mission’s Thanksgiving event.