Laura Linney is an American actress of film, television and theatre. Linney recently wrapped The Fifth Estate, which is scheduled to be released in October of 2013. The film takes a look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his colleague. It tells the story of how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between two friends.
Linney has been nominated three times for an Academy Award, for her performances in Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me, alongside Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick; in Bill Condon’s Kinsey, opposite Liam Neeson; and in Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The performance in You Can Count on Me also earned her Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe Award, and Independent Spirit Award nominations; and Best Actress awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. The portrayal in Kinsey also garnered her Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations as well as the National Board of Review’s award for Best Supporting Actress. Her performance in The Savages additionally brought her a London Critics’ Circle Film Award nomination for Best Actress, among other honors.
Ms. Linney has won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy Award nomination for her starring role as Cathy Jamison on the television series The Big C, on which she was an executive producer. She starred opposite Paul Giamatti as First Lady Abigail Adams in the critically acclaimed miniseries John Adams, directed by Tom Hooper, for which she won Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and Emmy Awards. She has also won Emmy Awards for her guest role on the final season of Frasier, opposite Kelsey Grammer, and for her performance in the telefilm Wild Iris, in which she starred with Gena Rowlands and Emile Hirsch for director Daniel Petrie.
Among Ms. Linney’s other feature credits are Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson, Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale, opposite Jeff Daniels, for which she received Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations; Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination, and Absolute Power; Peter Weir’s The Truman Show, with Jim Carrey; Gregory Hoblit’s Primal Fear and Mark Pellington’s The Mothman Prophecies, both opposite Richard Gere; Richard Curtis’ Love Actually; George Miller’s Lorenzo’s Oil; Ivan Reitman’s Dave; Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer; Gillies MacKinnon’s A Simple Twist of Fate; Frank Marshall’s Congo; Terence Davies’ The House of Mirth; Michael Uno’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame” telefilm Blind Spot, with Joanne Woodward; and Stanley Donen’s telefilm Love Letters, opposite Steven Weber.
She memorably starred as Mary Ann Singleton in three Tales of the City miniseries, based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, and directed respectively by Alastair Reid and Pierre Gang.
The Juilliard graduate was recently a Drama Desk and Tony Award nominee for Time Stands Still, written by Donald Margulies and directed by Daniel Sullivan. She previously starred on Broadway in, among other shows, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Ben Daniels, directed by Rufus Norris; Richard Eyre’s staging of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson, for which she was a Tony Award nominee; Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, staged by Sarah Anderson, for which she won a 1994 Calloway Award; and Donald Margulies’ Sight Unseen, staged by Daniel Sullivan, for which she received her first Tony Award nomination. She had starred off-Broadway in the latter play over a decade earlier, earning her first Drama Desk Award nomination as well as Drama League and Outer Critic Circle Award nominations, and a Theatre World award.