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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 7 February 1973Danderyd, Stockholms län, Sweden
Birth NameIrina Felicia Björklund
Nickname Irkku
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in 1973, Irina Björklund is one of the most popular Finnish film stars of the end of 1990s and beginning of the 2000s. After studying years 1993-1996 in The Theatre Academy of Finland she made her silver screen debut in Pekka Parikka's (director of The Winter War (1989)) last film, Tie naisen sydämeen (1996)". Another actor on the film was Peter Franzén who become her husband in the same year.

Björklund's first big film role was in Ambush (1999), a highly popular Finnish war movie based on Antti Tuuri's novel. Björklund's husband Franzén was in the leading male role, Björklund made leading female role. She was nominated for Best Actress in Jussi Awards. Jussi Awards are the biggest Finnish movie awards, like the Oscars are in the USA.

Björklund made her Hollywood debut in low budget horror movie The Dummy (2000), but returned in Finland to make Restless (2000) and Me and Morrison (2001), both highly popular movies. She won Best Actress prize in Jussi Awards for her performance in "Minä ja Morrison". After that she has been working in Europe and Hollywood, but still her biggest roles has been in Finnish films: Land of Love (2003), Honey Baby (2004) and Blackout (2008).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Peter Franzén (1996 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

2004: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
Speaks fluent French, English, Swedish and Finnish. Also speaks some Russian and Spanish.
Is also a skilled saw player and singer. Has performed at the Hotel Cafe, Hollywood.
Born in Sweden, but moved to Finland when she was one year old.
Danced in the Finnish National Opera's ballet school until 14 years old. Joint problems forced her to drop ballet.
Spoke Swedish at home but studied in French.
Gave birth to her first child at age 34, a son Diego Aaron Vilhelm Franzén on September 13, 2007. Child's father is her husband, Peter Franzén.
Finland: Moved back after many years living in Los Angeles [August 2013]
Working (in films and on stage) in Los Angeles, USA with her husband Peter Franzén. [2000]
Dividing her time working (in films and on stage) in the US and Europe. [2004]

Personal Quotes (1)

"I just read in a paper that I'm too short and stubby for Hollywood. That's why I'm glad it's going so darn well here." (Just after receiving a Jussi-award as the best actress of the year 2001 in Finland.

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