Irina Björklund

Irina Björklund

Irina Björklund (born February 7, 1973 in Danderyd, Sweden) is a Finnish actress.

She has acted in movies and in television series. Some well known movies include "Rukajärven tie" (int. Ambush), "Levottomat" (int. Restless), "Minä ja Morrison" (int. Me and Morrison), and "Vieraalla Maalla" (int. Land of Love). Björklund is married to Peter Franzén, who is a Finnish actor. In September 2007, Björklund gave birth to their first child, a boy.

Björklund moved to the United States in 1999. She currently lives in Los Angeles together with her husband. She used to dance ballet and dreamed about professional ballet career but had to stop at the age of 14 due problems with her joints. She was born in Sweden but moved to Finland at the age of 1. She has also lived in France during her early years.

She fluently speaks Finnish, Swedish, French, English and also some Russian, and Spanish, and counts musical saw playing among her hobbies. She studied in the Theatre Academy of Finland from 1993 to 1996. She left the school when Svenska Teatern (Swedish theatre in Helsinki) hired her.

In 1999 she was awarded the Jussi prize for best leading actress in her role as Milla in the movie "Minä ja Morrison". She made her breakthrough through the movie "Rukajärven tie" where she played lotta Kaarina Vainikainen. She was awarded the Shooting Star prize in the Berlin Film Festival in 2004.

Filmography

* Dustclouds (2007)
* Perviy posle Boga (2005)
* Red Lightning (2005)
* Trouble with Sex (2005)
* Red Is the Color of (2004)
* Kolmas aalto / The Third Wave (2003)
* Honey Baby (2003)
* Vieraalla maalla / Land of Love (2003)
* Talismanen (2002) (TV series)
* Yorick (2002)
* Muodollisesti pätevä (1999) (TV series)
* Minä ja Morrison / Me and Morrison (2001)
* Dirlandaa (2000) (TV series)
* The Dummy (2000)
* Levottomat / Restless (2000)
* Jakkulista feministi (1999)
* Lapin kullan kimallus / Gold Fever in Lapland (1999)
* Rukajärven tie / Ambush (1999)
* Asphalto (1998)
* Vägsjälar (1998) (TV series)
* Ihanat naiset rannalla / Amazing Women by the Sea (1998)
* Svart, vitt, rött (1996)
* Maigret Suomessa (1996)
* Tie naisen sydämeen (1996)
* Ottaako sydämestä? (1995) (TV series)

External links

* [http://www.actors.fi/bjorklund.html Actors.fi - Irina Björklund]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0084950/ Irina Björklund at IMDB]


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