He is a widowed Swedish handyman who develops a relationship with Jean after working for her.
Jakob was born in Sweden from Thor Nyman and his unnamed mother. Jakob former wife whom he had two daughters by died of cancer. In season 3 during therapy Jakob revealed him and his deceased wife had married very young and that he found out she had had a affair and was planning on leaving him. However her cancer diagnosis came and she stayed with him because he refused to abandon her because she was dying.
Throughout the Series
He admits to Jean she is the first person he has sex with and feelings for since the death of his wife.
Season One (4/8)
Season Two (7/8)
Season Three (8/8)
" People deserve your whole heart, Otis. If you can't give them that, it's better they know. It's the kinder thing to do."
Jakob to Otis