Born in New York City on February 5, 1964, Laura Linney is an Award-winning television, film and stage actress. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, and went on to study acting at the Juilliard and the Arts Theatre School in Moscow.
Laura Linney first appeared as a young teacher in Lorenzo’s Oil, and had a minor role in Dave in 1993. She came to prominence in the 1993 television mini-series, an adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, where she reprised her role in the sequels in 1998 and 2001. Her first substantial role in the big-screen was in 1996’s Primal Fear, where she was given praise for her performance. She was chosen by Clint Eastwood to play his daughter the next year in Absolute Power.
Linney’s Hollywood breakthrough came when she was cast as Jim Carrey’s wife in The Truman Show in 1998. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her superb performance in the low-budget drama You Can Count on Me. That same year, 2000, she was cast in The House of Mirth as Bertha Dorset, and as Callie in Maze with Rob Morrow. In 2003, Laura Linney was given roles in The Life of David Gale, Mystic River and Love Actually.
In 2004, Linney was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the controversial biography Kinsey, where she played the title character’s wife. She has also appeared in several episodes of Frasier. In 2005, she played Erin Bruner in the horror The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Joan Berkman in The Squid and the Whale. In the latter film, she received a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.” Linney was also cast in the political satire Man of the Year and in the comedy Driving Lessons in 2006. She has also appeared in The Nanny Diaries and the spy thriller Breach, along with the comedy The Savages. For this film, she received her third Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
She won her first Emmy Award in 2002 for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie” for her performance in Wild Iris. Two years after, she won her second Emmy Award as “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” for her stint on Frasier. She also received critical acclaim for her role in HBO’s mini-series John Adams.