Name:
Nadia Bjorlin
Birth Date:
August 2, 1980
Birth Place:
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Height:
5' 8
Nationality:
American
Profession:
Actress, Model
Education:
Palm Beach County School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida
BIOGRAPHY
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Maestro Daughter

Background:

"I believe in ‘soul mates,’ especially growing up and seeing how much my parents loved each other. They always said that they had been married in past lives too." Nadia Bjorlin.

A daughter of world-renowned Swedish composer and conductor Ulf Björlin (1933-1993), Nadia Bjorlin, who plays the flute, harp, guitar, and piano, and can sing in many foreign languages as well, won first place in the Metro Lyric Opera Competition, in New York City, at age 19. She later shift her focus to acting, and scored a major exposure on television while playing mysterious young opera singer Chloe Lane Black (1999-2003, 2004-2005) on NBC’s long-running soap opera “Days of our Lives.” She had a recurring role on UPN’s drama series “Sex, Love & Secrets" in 2005 and recently guest starred in a May 2006 episode of CBS’ comedy show "Out of Practice." Her upcoming films include the drama comedy If I Had Known I Was a Genius (also starring Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg and Pink) and auto/action thriller Redline (costarring Eddie Griffin and Nathan Phillips).

The 5' 8" tall Swedish-Persian beauty also once competed in pageants and was placed the second runner-up in Miss Florida Teen USA in 1998. She was named one of Sweden's sexiest women in 2002 by the Swedish magazine Slitz and will soon appear in the 2007 Maxim/Stuff calendar, available in the fall of 2006.


Musical, Artistic Family

Childhood and Family:

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, on August 2, 1980, Nadia Alexandra Bjorlin moved to his father’s native country, Sweden, when she was two months old, and lived there until she was 7 years old. Her father is a world-renowned Swedish Maestro, composer and conductor Ulf Björlin (1933-1993), and her mother, Fary, who has Persian background, is an interior decorator and painter. Being the family of a conductor and composer, the Bjorlins traveled and lived abroad for several years until Mr. Ulf Björlin took a job conducting the Florida Philharmonic and Palm Beach Symphony.

On her mother, whom she described as "the most visually artistic person,” Nadia said: "She is definitely my best friend. She's always been there for me; she's my rock. She's not at all like a stage mom. It's fun to have that support and to have her at home and be babied once in awhile."

The second child of the family, Nadia, along with her brothers, Ulf Alexander Jr. (born in 1979; older) and Jean Paul (born in 1982; younger), spent her junior high school years and her first two years of high school attending the Palm Beach County School of the Arts (now Dreyfoos School of the arts), where she excelled in music and theater. All the three siblings have found success in show business since graduation. Nadia also has three half-siblings from her mother's first marriage, sister Katja (born in 1965), brother Kaj (born in 1969) and sister Kamilla (born in 1970). She also has half-siblings through her father’s first marriage.

When she was a junior in high school, the Bjorlins moved to New York City where Nadia then attended the Professional Children's School, where she studied alongside other famous actors and actresses like Julia Stiles, Gaby Hoffman and the Culkin kids. Nadia later attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewook Institute for several years, where she received recognition and awards for excellence in theatre, voice, music and dance. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, ice skating, swimming and all kinds of music and dance.

"I’m actually quite lazy, but I try to do things like go dancing or play basketball because I know I have to exercise, even if it’s just a little. I go through phases of enjoying weight training too." Nadia Bjorlin.


Björlin-Inspired

Career:

"My father's music has always inspired me in many ways...especially to be better at what I do." Nadia Bjorlin.

A daughter of world-renowned composer and conductor, Nadia Bjorlin, who speaks Swedish, Farsi, French, Italian, Russian and English and can sing in other languages as well, had began performing professionally when she was only six years old. Along with her two brothers, she began performing as the Bjorlin Trio at her father's concerts. Her father also featured her in his musical adaptations of classic stories, such as Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen" and "The Portrait of Raoul Wallenberg."

In 1996, the young child prodigy competed in a large international vocal competition in Verona, Italy, where she was part of the choir who won the gold medal. Two years later in May, she won first place in the Metro Lyric Opera Competition, which took place in New York City. She also once competed in pageants and was placed the second runner-up in Miss Florida Teen USA in 1998.

Graduating from high school in May of 1999, Nadia decided to shift her focus to acting. She scored her first acting job on NBC’s long-running soap opera “Days of our Lives,” as a mysterious young opera singer named Chloe Lane Black, a nerdy and geeky kind of girl with big glasses who turned into a quiet beauty who could also sing. She began playing the role in November 1999, and her character was placed in the middle of the most heated and contested love triangles on the show (Broe vs. Phloe). She left the contract role in 2003, but recurred until 2005 when "Broe" got married and rode off in the sunset together.

During that time, she appeared in a 2002 drama film, The Marriage Undone, and was spotted as a guest in an episode of the ABC’s sitcom "Complete Savages" (October 2004) and ABC’s comedy and had a recurring character on UPN’s drama series “Sex, Love & Secrets" (September and October 2005). More recently, in March of 2006, she guest starred on CBS’ comedy show "Out of Practice." She was also a frequent guest on the Fishbowl Radio Network, an Internet radio station for reality television alumni, in the program “Coming Out with Reichen,” hosted by her good friend Reichen Lehmkuhl.

Meanwhile, Nadia has graced the covers of several fashion and men's magazines. She appeared as a go-go dancer in the Ricky Martin music video, "Shake Your Bon-Bon," and is currently recording an album. She was named one of Sweden's sexiest women in 2002 by the Swedish magazine Slitz and will soon appear in the 2007 Maxim/Stuff calendar, available in the fall of 2006.

Currently, Nadia is working on her upcoming big screen projects: a drama comedy helmed by Dominique Wirtschafter, If I Had Known I Was a Genius (also starring Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg and Pink), and an auto/action thriller by director Andy Cheng, Redline (costarring Eddie Griffin and Nathan Phillips).

"I especially love Latin music and Latin dance, such as the salsa and meringue." Nadia Bjorlin.

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Competed in the Miss Florida Teen USA Pageant in 1998, finishing as the se...
Won first place in the Metro Lyric Opera Competition in New York City in M...
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