Laura Linney

Laura Linney

Highest Rated: 100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Lowest Rated: 0% Lush (2000)

Birthday: Feb 5, 1964

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

The daughter of respected off-Broadway playwright Romulus Linney, Laura Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964. Her parents divorced when she was six months old. Thanks to her father's job, Linney grew up working in the theater, both behind the scenes and, in her late teens, on the stage. Following prep school in Massachusetts, she attended both Brown University and Juilliard, and she was soon appearing in a number of Broadway productions. She garnered notice for her roles in plays like The Seagull and Six Degrees of Separation, and won particular acclaim for her performance in Hedda Gabler.Linney made her onscreen debut in 1992 with a small role as a teacher in Lorenzo's Oil. The following year, she had a brief but pivotal role as Kevin Kline's presidential mistress in Dave, appeared in Searching for Bobby Fischer, and landed a lead as one of the protagonists of Armistead Maupin's acclaimed Tales of the City, which aired on PBS. Linney later reprised her role as Mary Ann Singleton for More Tales of the City in 1998. Following leads in two box-office failures, A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) and Congo (1995), Linney had a supporting role as Richard Gere's lawyer/ex in Primal Fear (1996). Based on the strength of her performance, Clint Eastwood chose her to play his daughter -- another lawyer -- in Absolute Power the following year. In 1998, Linney sent up her wholesome, fresh-scrubbed appearance to great effect as Truman Burbank's wife in Peter Weir's highly acclaimed The Truman Show.The actress finally came into her own in 2000, thanks to two very different parts in two highly acclaimed independent features. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me featured Linney as Sammy, a small-town single mother whose placid life takes some interesting turns when she's visited by her errant brother Terry (Mark Ruffalo). Aided by Lonergan's precise script and her own copious note-taking, Linney turned in her most nuanced, accomplished performance to date. Critics paid attention: after its much-heralded debut at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, the film went on to garner a slew of recognition for its lead actress, including Best Actress of the Year awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle, and an eventual Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Linney further polished her reputation with a supporting turn as the icy Bertha Dorset in director Terence Davies' adaptation of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, released in late 2000.She continued working steadily and garnered great critical respect throughout the next decade. In addition to returning for Further Tales of the City, she was one of the many talented actors who appeared in the controversial The Laramie Project. She had a few big-budget films that missed their mark in The Mothman Prophecies and The Life of David Gale, but those came around the same time as her superb turn as Sean Penn's wife in Mystic River, and as one of the few Americans in the very British romantic comedy Love Actually. She continued to earn strong reviews as the headstrong wife to Liam Neeson's Kinsey, and in 2005 offered a subtle but penetrating portrayal of a selfish mother and divorcee opposite Jeff Daniels in The Squid and the Whale. The next year she acted opposite Robin Williams in Barry Levinson's political and social satire Man of the Year.In 2007 Linney offered a spot-on portrayal of a dissatisfied Manhattan wife and mother in The Nanny Diaries, and earned a wealth of strong reviews for her work in Tamara Jenkins' The Savages. Playing a neurotic woman opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman as her brother, Linney scored her third Academy Award nomination.2008 brought Linney her fourth Golden Globe nomination, and first win, for the portrayl of first lady Abigail Adams in the acclaimed HBO miniseries John Adams. In the following years, Linney would continue to appear in several projects, including movies like Morning and The Details, and the accla


Highest Rated Movies



90% Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy Self 2020
44% The Roads Not Taken Actor 2020
64% Falling Sarah 2020
85% Olympia Actor 2019
46% The Dinner Claire Lohman 2017
74% Nocturnal Animals Anne Sutton $10.7M 2016
85% Sully Lorraine Sullenberger $125.1M 2016
53% Genius Louise Saunders $1.4M 2016
37% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Rebecca Vincent $82.1M 2016
88% Mr. Holmes Mrs. Munro $14.2M 2015
36% The Fifth Estate Sarah Shaw $3.3M 2013
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Actor 2013
37% Hyde Park on Hudson Daisy $6.4M 2012
46% The Details Lila $64.1K 2012
92% Arthur Christmas North Pole Computer $46.5M 2011
33% Sympathy for Delicious Nina Hogue $13.6K 2011
39% The City of Your Final Destination Caroline Gund $0.5M 2010
No Score Yet Morning Dr. Goodman 2010
15% The Other Man Lisa 2008
No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic Actor 2008
89% The Savages Wendy Savage $6.5M 2007
34% The Nanny Diaries Mrs. X $25.9M 2007
32% The Hottest State Jesse 2007
84% Breach Kate Burroughs $33M 2007
22% Man of the Year Eleanor Green $37.5M 2006
48% Driving Lessons Laura Marshall 2006
65% Jindabyne Claire $0.3M 2006
92% The Squid and the Whale Joan Berkman $7.1M 2005
44% The Exorcism of Emily Rose Erin Bruner $75.1M 2005
No Score Yet Mary Pickford Narrator 2005
90% Kinsey Clara McMillen $10.3M 2004
54% P.S. Louise Harrington $0.2M 2004
64% Love Actually Sarah $59.4M 2003
88% Mystic River Annabeth Markum $88.9M 2003
19% The Life of David Gale Constance Harraway $19.6M 2003
52% The Mothman Prophecies Connie Parker $35.3M 2002
92% The Laramie Project Sherry Johnson 2002
No Score Yet American Experience Nellie Wilson 2002
39% Maze Callie 2001
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams Voice of Zelda Fitzgerald 2001
No Score Yet Wild Iris Iris Bravard 2001
82% The House of Mirth Bertha Dorset 2000
95% You Can Count On Me Sammy $8.5M 2000
14% Running Mates Lauren Hartman 2000
0% Lush Rachel Van dyke 2000
No Score Yet Love Letters Melissa Gardner 1999
95% The Truman Show Meryl 1998
57% Absolute Power Kate Whitney 1997
75% Primal Fear Janet Venable 1996
22% Congo Karen Ross 1995
43% A Simple Twist of Fate Nancy Newland 1994
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer School Teacher 1993
95% Dave Randi 1993
No Score Yet Class of '61 Lily Magraw 1993
No Score Yet Blind Spot Phoebe 1993
92% Lorenzo's Oil Young Teacher 1992


81% Ozark
Wendy Byrde 2020
83% Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City
Mary Ann Singleton Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Appearing 2019
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
Guest 2019
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Appearing 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest Appearing 2018
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Appearing 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Today
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Grantchester on Masterpiece
Host 2015
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
Host 2015
No Score Yet Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece (Inactive)
Host 2015
86% Downton Abbey
Host 2015
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Host 2015
55% The Big C
Cathy Jamison Executive Producer Producer 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Guest 2012
No Score Yet The Nate Berkus Show
Appearing 2010
81% John Adams
Abigail Adams 2008
No Score Yet American Experience
Voice Narrator 2006
93% Frasier
Charlotte Voice of Mindy 2004
No Score Yet King of the Hill
Voice 2002
No Score Yet American Masters
Voice 2001
No Score Yet Armistead Maupin's 'Further Tales of the City'
Mary Ann Singleton 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order
Marsha Bowen Martha Bowen 1994
100% Tales of the City
Mary Ann Singleton 1993
75% More Tales Of The City
Mary Ann Singleton


Daisy says: That spring Franklin showed me a world I never knew existed.

Meryl says: Let me get you some help Truman, you're not well!

Dr. Karen Ross says: Put 'em on the endangered species list!

Connie says: Wake up #37

Connie says: Wake up #37.

North Pole Computer says: "Are you sure you want to delete Christmas?"

North Pole Computer says: Are you sure you want to delete Christmas?

North Pole Computer says: Converting Milk and Cookies to biofuel.