February 5, 1964
57 years old
5 ft 7 in | 170 cm
35-26-34 in | 89-66-86 cm
57 kg | 125 lbs
7 US | 38 EU
Laura Leggett Linney was born in Manhattan, New York, United States, on February 5, 1964, is an American actress.
Young Laura Linney first started performing during her years at the Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in school theater productions.
She landed her Broadway debut in a play "Six Degrees of Separation" (1990–1992) in role as Tess (Understudy), at Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
She made her big screen debut in drama film Lorenzo's Oil (1992) in role as Young Teacher.
She got her television debut in miniseries Tales of the City (1993) in role as Mary Ann Singleton.
Her breakthrough performance came as Yvonne in science fiction comedy drama movie The Truman Show (1998).
Falling (2020) drama in role as Sarah, opposite Viggo Mortensen and Lance Henriksen
The Roads Not Taken (2020) drama in role as Rita, with Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning and Salma Hayek
She was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Sammy in drama film You Can Count On Me (2000).
She was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Clara McMillen Lee in biographical drama movie Kinsey (2004).
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Wendy Savage in comedy drama film The Savages (2007).
She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her role as Joan Berkman in independent arthouse comedy drama film The Squid and the Whale (2005).
She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Annabeth Markum in neo-noir mystery drama film Mystic River (2003).
Love Actually (2003) romantic comedy opposite Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Liam Neeson
Primal Fear (1996) legal thriller with Richard Gere and Edward Norton
Breach (2007) spy thriller opposite Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe
Sully (2016) biographical drama with Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart
Absolute Power (1997) political action thriller opposite Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Ed Harris
The Life of David Gale (2003) drama with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet
Mr. Holmes (2015) mystery drama opposite Ian McKellen and Hiroyuki Sanada
The Mothman Prophecies (2002) horror thriller with Richard Gere and Mark Pellington
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) supernatural horror crime drama opposite Jennifer Carpenter and Tom Wilkinson
The House of Mirth (2000) drama with Gillian Anderson and Dan Aykroyd
Congo (1995) science fiction action adventure opposite Tim Curry and Dylan Walsh
The Nanny Diaries (2007) comedy drama with Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) superhero opposite Megan Fox
She won the Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Abigail Adams in HBO miniseries John Adams (2008).
She won the Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance as Cathy Jamison in Showtime television dramedy The Big C (2010-2013).
She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Mindy / Charlotte in NBC sitcom Frasier (2003-2004).
She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Iris Bravard in television drama movie Wild Iris (2001).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Wendy Byrde in Netflix crime drama web series Ozark (2017- ).
She played Mary Ann Singleton in miniseries:
More Tales of the City (1998)
Further Tales of the City (2001)
Tales of the City (2019)
Graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1982.
Attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1986.
Studied acting at the Juilliard School, as a member of Group 19 (1986–1990).
Received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) degree from Brown in 2003 and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard in 2009.
Has English, Irish, Scottish and German ancestry.
Has a half-sister, Susan.
She was nominated for four Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play for her performances in a plays:
The Crucible (2002) in role as Elizabeth Proctor, at Virginia Theatre
Sight Unseen (2004) in role as Patricia, at Biltmore Theatre
Time Stands Still (2010-2011) in role as Sarah Goodwin, at Cort Theatre
The Little Foxes (2017) in role as Regina Giddens / Birdie Hubbard, at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Good friends with actor Ian McKellen.
Fan of actress Meryl Streep.
She voiced North Pole Computer in animated Christmas comedy film Arthur Christmas (2011).
She was married to actor David Adkins (1995-2000).
She married Marc Schauer in 2009, they have one son, Bennett Armistead Schauer.
She dated actor Eric Stoltz (1999-2001).