Nadia Bjorlin’s life began on August 2nd in Newport, Rhode Island. She is the fifth child out of six of Ulf and Fary Bjorlin (siblings – Katja, Kamilla, Kaj, Ulf, and Jean-Paul). When Nadia was two months old, the Bjorlin family moved to Sweden, her father’s native country. Nadia’s father was a conductor and composer of classical music, which Nadia grew to love. After traveling abroad for a few years, Ulf took a job conducting the Florida Philharmonic and Palm Beach Symphony. In this time, Nadia had fallen in love with music and had began performing professionally when she was only six years old. She and two of her brothers, Jean-Paul and Ulf Jr., began performing as the Bjorlin Trio at her father’s concerts. Her father also featured Nadia in his musical adaptations of classic stories, such as Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen”, and “The Portrait of Raoul Wallenberg.” Ulf Bjorlin Sr. passed away when Nadia was twelve.
As a young child prodigy, Nadia attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for several years, where she received recognition and awards for excellency in theatre, voice, music and dance. Nadia also spent her junior high school years and her first two years of high school attending the Palm Beach County School of the Arts. Nadia performed and sang with the Palm Beach Opera for two years and in 1996, she competed in a large international vocal competition in Verona, Italy, where she was part of the choir who won the gold medal. When she was a junior in high school, the Bjorlins moved to New York City where Nadia then attended the Professional Children’s School. There she studied alongside other famous actors and actresses, such as Julia Stiles, Gaby Hoffman, and the Culkin kids. In May of 1999, Nadia won first place in the Metro Lyric Opera Competition, which took place in New York City. When she graduated from high school, she decided to shift her focus to acting.
DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Nadia had just secured an agent when the NBC soap opera, Days of our Lives sent out a nationwide casting call for the role of mysterious young opera singer ‘Chloe.’ Nadia flew out to Los Angeles for the screen-test and two days later, she won the part. She celebrated by packing up everything in New York City to move to California with her mother and her brother. Tom Langan, Days’ Executive Producer was taken with Nadia, who he described as “a serene, fascinating beauty who floats through a room.”
Nadia appeared on Days of our Lives in the contracted-role of ‘Chloe Lane’ beginning in November 1999, and her character was placed in the middle of the most heated and hotly contested love triangles on the show (Broe vs. Phloe) at the time. Fans from both sides campaigned for their respective couple passionately, sending anything from stress balls to lip gloss to hay to producers, writers, and actors on Days. Nadia left the contract role in 2003, but recurred until 2005 when the characters of Chloe and Brady got married and left Salem. Rumors have popped up from time to time that Nadia would eventually return to her role, and she has re-appeared as ‘Chloe Lane Black/Horton/Jonas’ many times between 2007 and 2015. Because of the popularity of the character and Nadia’s awesome and dedicated fanbase, Chloe Lane is again set to return to Days in early 2016..
Nadia has starred in several independent short and feature films in her career. In 2002-03, she starred in Marriage Undone, a short film that was featured in the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and the Pacific Palisades Film Festival in 2002-2003. In 2006, Nadia starred in the independent feature film, If I Had Known I was a Genius, which featured Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone, and Tara Reid. The film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007 to positive reviews.
Nadia also starred as the female lead of the auto thriller film, Redline in 2006. The film featured Eddie Griffin and Nathan Phillips. Nadia portrayed Natasha Martin, a gorgeous young automobile fanatic and front to the hottest unsigned band on the West coast. In the film, Natasha finds herself caught up in illegal drag-racing competitions organized for the pleasure of a bunch of bored billionaires. The movie was released in theaters in April 2007 with a DVD release in August 2007. In addition to her work on Redline, Nadia also filmed the independent film, Jack Rio in 2007.
In August 2011, Nadia signed on to star in the romantic comedy Divorce Invitation, which also starred Jamie-Lyn Sigler and Jonathan Bennett. Divorce Invitation centers on Mike Christian (Bennett), a happily married man who runs into his high school sweetheart Alex (Nadia Bjorlin) and after all these years, sparks still fly. When Mike is determined Alex is his true soul mate, he realizes he has a huge problem – he signed an iron-clad pre-nuptial agreement and his wife (Sigler) will not let him out of the marriage. The film was released in June 2013.
Nadia has appeared in many comedies and dramas throughout her career, including Jake in Progress, Complete Savages, Sex, Love & Secrets, and Out of Practice. In 2010, Nadia appeared as a guest star on two shows, CBS drama NCIS and the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men. She also appeared on an episode of CSI (Las Vegas) in 2012.
Nadia was featured on E!’s reality series, Dirty Soap, which premiered in September 2011. The series was produced by former daytime stars, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and featured Nadia, Brandon Beemer, Farah Fath, Kirsten Storms, Kelly Monaco, and several other daytime stars in their everyday lives.
In the fall of 2013, Nadia filmed two additional primetime appearances – one on 2 Broke Girls and Anger Management.
More recently, Nadia appeared on the USA Network’s Satisfaction.
VENICE, THE GROVE, and THE STAFFORD PROJECT
Nadia currently stars as ‘Lara’ in the highly intriguing web-based series, Venice. The series is shot and produced in Venice, California and fans subscribe to the series solely online at http://www.venicetheseries.com. The talented cast has filmed 4 seasons (with the latest finale airing in fall 2013) and has received accolades and praise from critics and fans. The series won the very first Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Special Class Short Format.
Nadia also joined the cast of The Grove, another project masterminded by Crystal Chappell. She portrays Marigold, a completely new character for Nadia. The pilot/mini movie was released on January 1, 2013.
Nadia also appears on The Stafford Project, a project by Nadia’s good friend Michelle Stafford.
Nadia has been featured on many covers and pages of fashion, celebrity, and online magazines, including Westlake Magazine, Runway Magazine, J’Adore, You, In Touch Weekly, Vanity Fair Italy, Beverly Hills 213, Fixation Magazine, Coexistence, 21 Magazine, Stun Magazine, and Slitz Magazine.
She also takes a special interest in all kinds of music and dance. “I especially love Latin music and Latin dance, (like) the salsa and merengue,” she says. Because of her love and talent in music and dance, she appeared in the Ricky Martin music video, “Shake Your Bon-Bon” as a go-go dancer.
Nadia has also played the piano, flute, guitar, and harp. Nadia collaborated with her brothers, Ulf and Jean-Paul to perform and record as The Bjorlin Trio (Bjorlin).
Nadia recently celebrated her marriage to Grant Turnbull on May 15, 2015. Together they welcomed their son, Torin Matthias Turnbull, on May 4, 2016.