Malin Åkerman

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Birth Name: Malin Maria Åkerman

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

Date of Birth: 12 May, 1978

Ethnicity: Swedish, along with remote Scottish and German

Malin Åkerman is a Swedish and Canadian actress, model, and singer. She is known for starring in the films Watchmen (2009) and The Final Girls (2015), among many others.

Malin was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Pia (Sundström), an aerobics teacher and model, and Magnus Åkerman, an insurance broker. Her family moved to Ontario, Canada during her early years, and she spent some of her childhood in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Her sister is singer Jennifer Åkerman.

Malin is married to English actor Jack Donelly. Malin has a son with her former husband, Italian musician Roberto Zincone.

Malin’s paternal grandfather is Jonas Hugo Joachim Åkerman (the son of Oskar Magnus Joakim Åkerman and Hilda Maria Herlenius). Oskar was the son of Gustaf Richard Joachim Åkerman and Martina Elisabeth Sofia Albina Björnstjerna. Hilda was the daughter of Jonas Adolf Herlenius and Hilda Gustava Aurora Ekelund.

Malin’s paternal grandmother is Ann-Marie Signe Elisabeth Wicander (the daughter of Carl Gustaf/Gustav Wicander and Asta Elisabeth Rydin). Carl was the son of Gustaf/Gustav Adolf Wicander and Agnes Maria Johanna Mesterton. Asta was the daughter of Gustaf/Gustav Albert Rydin and Elisabeth Blackstadius.

Malin’s parents are both Swedish. One of Malin’s paternal great-great-great-grandfathers, Karl Benedict Mesterton, was born in Finland, of mostly Swedish descent. One of Karl’s own great-great-great-grandfathers, Jakob James Mesterton, was born, c. 1625, in Scotland. This makes Malin of 1/1024th Scottish ancestry (through that line). Karl also had a small amount of German ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Malin Åkerman (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Malin’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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1 Response

  1. madman says:

    Karl Benedict Mesterton had no ethnic Finnish ancestry. He was of mostly Swedish descent, with German and Scottish to some degree. He also had some other ethnicities, but since I don’t know if they are worth mentioning ot not I’ll just link his genealogy:

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