Laura Linney’s respect and gratitude for creative expression is limitless. Born to a prominent NYC playwright and a nurse, the Golden Globe, SAG, and Emmy award-winning actress began her experiential education in performance art at an early age.
Linney graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1982. She studied acting at Brown University, where she was on the board of the university’s Production Workshop group. After graduating from Brown University in 1986, she furthered her acting studies at The Juilliard School as a member of Group 19. She received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard in 1990. Linney went on to appear in leading roles across film, television, and theatre. Linney stays connected to her roots and gives back to her community. She currently serves as chair of the Arts Advisory Council where she attended high school. In 2009, she was invited back to Juilliard to give the school’s commencement address.
She’s performed in a myriad of film productions such as Genius, Nocturnal Animals, Mr. Holmes, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, Mystic River, Love Actually, and The Truman Show.
She has also acted in several television series. Currently, Linney can be seen as Wendy Byrde in the Netlfix original series Ozark, a performance which has garnered her both Emmy and SAG Award nominations. Other notable television credits include the Showtime Series The Big C, the HBO mini-series John Adams, Tales of the City, and Frasier. Her prominent Broadway productions include The Crucible, Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen, Six Degrees of Separation, and many more.
Linney has been nominated three times for the Academy Award, three times for the Tony Award, once for a BAFTA Award, and five times for the Golden Globe. She has won one SAG Award, one National Board of Review Award, two Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards. She holds two honorary Doctorates from her alma maters, Brown University and The Juilliard School.
Linney has also been honored for her work in cancer advocacy. Having lost family to cancer, she understands the unique physical and emotional damage inflicted on victims and families. She aims to help them find ways to cope, grow, and rebuild so that each one can truly win his or her own fight against cancer.