Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian actress and model. She is currently starring as the lead in the ABC crime drama Stumptown, where she plays the role of PTSD stricken veteran turned PI Dex Parios. She is also known for starring as Robin Scherbatsky in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014). Smulders has also portrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in six Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with The Avengers (2012).