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Joel Kinnaman - Swedish -American Actor's Personal Life in Detail

Published Sat Oct 17 2020 By Aashika
Joel Kinnaman - Swedish -American Actor's Personal Life in Detail

Joel Kinnaman is a prominent actor who is widely recognized for his role as Detective Stephen Holder in AMC's 'The Killing'. He got the 'Guldbagge Award' as the best actor for his work in 'Easy Money'.  

The Swedish-American actor was born on 25th November 1979 and raised in Stockholm. His father Steve Kinnaman was drafted during the Vietnam War and deserted the military whereas mother Bitte is a therapist.  

Here are some facts about actor Kinnaman that you should know.

Net Worth: $10 million 

Joel Kinnaman has made his net worth $10 million through his successful acting career. He started his professional life in the film industry in 1990 from the Swedish Tv series, 'Storstad'. Likewise, in Hollywood, the actor entered in 2002 as Kalle in the movie 'Den osynlige'.  

He currently appeared in the two films, 'The Sound of Philadelphia' as Micheal Flood and 'The Secrets We Keep' as Thomas. Likewise, Kinnaman's upcoming project is 'The Suicide Squad' where he will appear as Rick Flag.

Current Relationship

Kinnaman has been dating Swedish- Australian model Kelly Gale since 2019. The pair were spotted in many places on their vacations. On the Instagram account, the two share the pictures as a lovely couple. Recently, they went for a vacation in Turkey. 

Joel Kinnaman and his girlfriend Kelly Gale. 
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Ex-Wife: Cleo Wattenstrom

Before dating with Gale, Joel was married to tattoo artist Cleo Wattenstrom. The ex-couple were together for three years and got separated. They tied their knot in 2015, sadly in 2018 both parted their ways. 

Joel Kinnaman's Ex-wife Cleo Wattenstrom.
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Previous Relationship

The handsome actor of 'Suicide Squad'  was in a love life with actress Olivia Munn. They met in 2011, but their relationship was confirmed in 2012. Two years later, the pair called it quits. 

Multiple Tattoos 

Kinnaman has done numerous tattoos on his body. His upper right arm covers by some ink of houses, and on the left upper arms there you find the word "SKWAD" and also a huge tribal tattoo. On his chest, he has got a two ladies image and another side he inked historic picture. There are other more tattoos on his body.  

Joel Kinnaman tattoos on his body.
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Chest Surgery

The actor underwent surgery when he was filming 'Altered Carbon'. He had the condition of pectus excavatum with a caved-in appearance of the chest. The surgery was to insert two metal baes to push the sternum outward to correct the deformity. 

Football Lover

Kinnaman is one of the biggest fans of his hometown club Hammarby IF from an early age. He spotted every time on the football field when there are matches of the team and support fully. 

Joel Kinnaman cheering for  Hammarby IF.
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Half-brother of Two Celebrity

The talented actor is the half-brother of Leyla Belle Drake and Melinda Kinnaman. His both sisters are well-known people in the entertainment industry. 

Leyla Bella is an actress and producer who is known for her work in 'Falla vackert' and 'The Andalucian Friend'. Likewise, Melinda Rosalie is an actress who has appeared in movies and series like 'The Serpents Way', 'The Way Home', 'Sunday's Children', and many more. 


As being a different ethnicity Swedish and American, Kinnaman can speak both Swedish and English languages. Not only that but also can frequently talk in Norwegian and Danish. 

Social Media  

Joel Kinnaman is active on social media like Instagram and Twitter. He has more than 1.1m followers on Instagram and over 56.4k on Twitter. 

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