Laura Linney

Actor
An award-winning stage actress who grew up around New York theaters, Laura Linney's distinctive artistry immediately stood out from the Hollywood crowd when she began hitting film screens in the 1990s. Her multi-layered ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1964 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Genius 2016 (Movie)

Louise Perkins (Actor)

Inside Amy Schumer 2016 (Tv Show)

Herself

Nocturnal Animals 2016 (Movie)

Anne Sutton (Actor)

Sully 2016 (Movie)

Lorrie (Actor)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 (Movie)

Chief Vincent (Actor)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Downton Abbey 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Mr. Holmes 2015 (Movie)

Mrs. Munro (Actor)

The Big C 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dinner 2015 (Movie)

Claire Lohman (Actor)

The Paradise 2010 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Morning 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Goodman (Actor)

The Fifth Estate 2013 (Movie)

Sarah Shaw (Actor)

Upstairs, Downstairs 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Hyde Park On Hudson 2012 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

The Daily Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Details 2012 (Movie)

Lila (Actor)

Any Human Heart 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

North Pole Computer (Voice)

South Riding 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Sympathy for Delicious 2011 (Movie)

Nina Houge (Actor)

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The City of Your Final Destination 2010 (Movie)

Caroline Gund (Actor)

The Other Man 2009 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

John Adams 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Breach 2007 (Movie)

Kate Burroughs (Actor)

Jindabyne 2007 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Hottest State 2007 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

The Nanny Diaries 2007 (Movie)

Mrs. X (Actor)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

Wendy Savage (Actor)

American Dad 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Driving Lessons 2006 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Man of the Year 2006 (Movie)

Eleanor Green (Actor)

The 21st Independent Spirit Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Pickford 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Exorcism of Emily Rose 2005 (Movie)

Erin Bruner (Actor)

The Squid and the Whale 2005 (Movie)

Joan Berkman (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

Clara McMillen (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Richard Gere 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

P.S. 2004 (Movie)

Louise Harrington (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Mystic River 2003 (Movie)

Annabeth Markum (Actor)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life of David Gale 2003 (Movie)

Constance Harraway (Actor)

The Mothman Prophecies 2002 (Movie)

Connie Mills (Actor)

Woodrow Wilson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lush 2001 (Movie)

Rachel Van Dyke (Actor)

Maze 2001 (Movie)

Callie (Actor)

The House of Mirth 2000 (Movie)

Bertha Dorset (Actor)

You Can Count on Me 2000 (Movie)

Sammy Prescott (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

Meryl (Actor)

Absolute Power 1997 (Movie)

Kate Whitney (Actor)

Primal Fear 1996 (Movie)

Janet Venable (Actor)

Congo 1995 (Movie)

Karen Ross (Actor)

A Simple Twist of Fate 1994 (Movie)

Nancy Newland (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Randi (Actor)

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

School Teacher (Actor)

Lorenzo's Oil 1992 (Movie)

Young Teacher (Actor)

Blind Spot (TV Show)

Actor

Class of '61 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Letters (TV Show)

Actor

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Herself

Running Mates (TV Show)

Actor

The Laramie Project (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Iris (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An award-winning stage actress who grew up around New York theaters, Laura Linney's distinctive artistry immediately stood out from the Hollywood crowd when she began hitting film screens in the 1990s. Her multi-layered portrayal of hired actress-wife to unwitting husband Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show" (1998) was a breakout supporting role. Only two years later, she topped critics' year-end lists and earned an Academy Award nomination for her lead in the refreshingly realistic family portrait, "You Can Count on Me" (2000). While residing comfortably under the radar of general public recognition, Linney's rare qualities were coveted by quality filmmakers, and the actress shone in Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" (2004), Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), and was Oscar-nominated as well for "Kinsey" (2004) and "The Savages" (2007). A multiple Emmy winner and star of the successful "John Adams" (HBO, 2008) miniseries, Linney returned to television to headline her own show, "The Big C" (Showtime, 2010- ) opposite Oliver Platt. On stage, film or television, there seemed no limit to the range of this classically-trained chameleon.

Relationships

David Adkins

Husband
Met while she was attending Julliard Married in 1995 Divorced in 2000

Laura Callahan

Step-Mother
Served as associate director of investments for the Rockefeller Foundation

Romulus Linney

Father
Born Sept. 21, 1930 in Philadelphia Divorced from Linney's mother in 1965 Died in January 2011 of lung cancer

Susan Linney

Half-Sister
Born c. 1975

Ann Perse

Mother
Born c. 1939 Divorced from Linney's father in 1965 Worked at Sloan-Kettering in NYC

Marc Schauer

Husband
Engaged August 2007 Married in May 2009

Eric Stoltz Actor

Companion
Dated in 2001

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1989
Roomed with Jeanne Tripplehorn

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1986

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Transferred after one year

Milestones

2012

Portrayed Margaret Suckley, the distant cousin and confidante of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) in "Hyde Park on Hudson"

2011

Voiced the character of the North Pole Computer in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

2010

Returned to Broadway to star as a photojournalist sidelined by a war injury in Donald Margulies's "Time Stands Still"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Leading Actress in a Play

2010

Starred in Showtime's "The Big C," about a suburban high school teacher who's diagnosed with a terminal case of skin cancer, and decides to turn her life around

2008

Portrayed Abigail Adams, wife of the second US president in the HBO mini-series "John Adams"

2007

Cast as Mrs. X, the head of a wealthy Manhattan household in "The Nanny Diaries"

2007

Costarred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Savages," as adult siblings who are forced to take care of their estranged father; premiered at Sundance

2006

Cast in Barry Levinson's "Man of the Year" opposite Robin Williams

2005

Portrayed the lawyer defending Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson), the priest who performed a controversial exorcism in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"

2005

Co-starred with Jeff Daniels in Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale"

2004

Portrayed a love interest for Kelsey Grammer's character in the NBC sitcom "Frasier"

2004

Earned a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway play "Sight Unseen"

2004

Cast opposite Liam Neeson, as Alfred Kinsey's wife in "Kinsey"

2003

Played an activist entangled with a man who is convicted of rape and murder in the drama "The Life of David Gale"

2003

Had a supporting role as the wife of Sean Penn's character in the drama "Mystic River," directed by Clint Eastwood

2002

Received an Emmy nomination for her role in "Wild Iris"

2002

Was featured in the ensemble of "The Laramie Project", about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard; premiered at Sundance before airing on HBO

2002

Returned to the NYC stage starring opposite Liam Neeson in "The Crucible"

2001

Again reprised Mary Ann Singleton in "Armistead Maupin's 'Further Tales of the City'" (Showtime)

2000

Delivered a scene-stealing turn as society matron Bertha Dorset in "The House of Mirth"

2000

Returned to the Broadway stage in a revival of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"

2000

Portrayed the brilliant campaign manager of a politician seeking his party's presidential nomination in the TNT movie "Running Mates"

2000

Garnered praise for her performance as a single mother coping with her n'er-do-well brother in the Sundance-screened "You Can Count on Me"

1999

Starred in the TV adaptation of A R Gurney's play "Love Letters" (ABC), directed by Stanley Donen

1998

Returned to Broadway opposite Robert Foxworth and Jane Alexander in "Honour"

1998

Appeared as Jim Carrey's wife in the acclaimed feature "The Truman Show"

1998

Reprised role of Mary Ann in the sequel "Armistead Maupin's 'More Tales of the City'" (Showtime)

1997

Handpicked by Clint Eastwood for co-starring role in "Absolute Power"

1996

Reunited with director Gregory Hoblit as the assistant district attorney prosecuting a murder case against her former lover (Richard Gere) in "Primal Fear"

1995

First feature starring role, "Congo"

1995

Starred opposite Tony Goldwyn in the Broadway revival of Philip Barry's "Holiday"

1994

First TV lead, played Mary Ann Singleton in "Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City'" (PBS)

1993

Had small but memorable role as a secretary having an affair with the president in "Dave"

1993

TV acting debut, "Class of '61" (ABC), directed by Gregory Hoblit

1992

Feature acting debut, "Lorenzo's Oil"

1992

Breakthrough stage role in "Sight Unseen"

1990

Off-Broadway debut as an understudy in "Six Degrees of Separation"; made Broadway debut when she assumed the role in the Broadway production

1976

Worked as a summer apprentice at New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire

Raised on the Upper East Side of NYC

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