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Biography #2 (for Breach)

Laura Linney was last seen in Barry Levinson's Man of the Year, opposite Robin Williams and Christopher Walken, and in Driving Lessons, directed by Jeremy Brock. Next, Linney will appear in the film adaptation of the best-selling book The Nanny Diaries, scheduled for release on April 20, 2007. This spring, Linney will also be seen in Jindabyne, which was shot entirely on location in the outback of Australia. She has also completed filming on The Savages, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and The Hottest State, directed by and co-starring Ethan Hawke. Currently, Linney is on location in Argentina starring opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins in director James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination, an adaptation of Peter Cameron's novel by Oscar-winning writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Linney's additional credits include Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, as well as Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit awards. For her work in that film, she received the award for Best Actress from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. In 2005, she received Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for her earlier work in The Squid and the Whale. In 2004, she starred in Kinsey, opposite Liam Neeson and directed by Bill Condon, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, as well as Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. In addition, she won the award for Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review for her work in Kinsey.

In 2003, Linney appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually, written and directed by Richard Curtis. She was also seen that year in Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood. Linney was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for Mystic River. Her other credits include Congo; Absolute Power, directed by Clint Eastwood; Primal Fear, opposite Richard Gere and directed by Gregory Hoblit; The Truman Show, opposite Jim Carrey; The House of Mirth; Lorenzo's Oil; Dave; Searching for Bobby Fischer; A Simple Twist of Fate; The Mothman Prophecies; The Life of David Gale; P.S.; and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

Linney returned to television in 2004 on the NBC comedy Frasier. She appeared in four episodes as Charlotte, Dr. Frasier Crane's love interest. For this role, Linney won a 2004 Emmy Award for Best Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She previously won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for Showtime's Wild Iris, opposite Gena Rowlands. Additional television appearances include the lead role of Mary Ann Singleton in PBS' Tales of the City, based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, a role which she reprised in More Tales of the City, for Showtime. Linney was also seen opposite Joanne Woodward in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Blind Spot, and opposite Steven Weber in Love Letters, directed by Stanley Donen.

Linney is a graduate of Juilliard. She was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Richard Eyre's The Crucible, opposite Liam Neeson. Last spring, Linney starred in Donald Margulies' Broadway staging of Sight Unseen, the same play in which she performed 12 years ago. For her role as Patricia, she received a Tony nomination, as well as nominations from the Drama League, the Drama Desk Club and the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Actress in a Play. Her additional theater credits include roles in the Broadway presentations of Six Degrees of Separation; The Seagull; Hedda Gabler, for which she won a 1994 Calloway Award; Philip Barry's Holiday, a comedy of manners opposite Tony Goldwyn; Honour; Sight Unseen, for which she earned a Theatre World Awards and a Drama Desk nomination; and John Guare's Landscape of the Body, at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Breach" (04-Mar-2007)


Biography #3 (for Love Actually)

Few actresses today have made an indelible impression on Hollywood as quickly as Laura Linney has. In 2001, Laura earned an Academy Award nomination for her starring role as Sammy Prescott in Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me, opposite Matthew Broderick. In addition, this role garnered her nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Independent Spirit Award. She was awarded Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.

Since that film she has starred in numerous projects, both onscreen and onstage. Laura was recently seen on the big screen in The Mothman Prophicies, starring opposite Richard Gere, and in The Life of David Gale, directed by Alan Parker and starring opposite Kevin Spacey. She also starred on Broadway opposite Liam Neeson in The Crucible, receiving a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Play. Linney also turned in a memorable performance in a featured role in the HBO telefilm version of Moisés Kaufman's The Laramie Project.

The critically acclaimed film, The Truman Show, directed by Peter Weir, gave Laura a chance to shine brightly as she co-starred opposite Jim Carrey. Her motion picture debut was also her first starring film role the jungle action picture, Congo. Linney starred opposite Clint Eastwood in Absolute Power, directed by Eastwood and based on the best-selling novel by David Baldacci. Previously, she teamed up with Richard Gere in the hit suspense thriller Primal Fear, directed by Gregory Hoblit; Linney garnered critical acclaim for her role as a tough attorney prosecuting the case of a grisly murder of a priest.

Linney's other screen credits include supporting roles in Edith Wharton's turn-of-the-century novel The House of Mirth, Lorenzo's Oil, Dave, Searching for Bobby Fischer and A Simple Twist of Fate. Her television appearances include the leading role of Mary Ann Singleton in PBS's award-winning Tales of the City, based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, and she also reprised her role as Mary Ann Singleton in More Tales of the City for Showtime. She also starred opposite Joanne Woodward in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Blind Spot and opposite Steven Weber in Love Letters, directed by Stanley Donen. She was last seen on the small screen in Showtime's Wild Iris opposite Gena Rowlands, a performance that brought her an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.

Her upcoming projects include Clint Eastwood's ensemble drama Mystic River; and Bill Condon's Kinsey, starring again opposite Liam Neeson.

Linney, a graduate of The Juilliard School and an accomplished theatre actress, was also seen starring on Broadway in Gerald Gutierrez's Honour opposite Jane Alexander. She won a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in Sight Unseen. Her theatre credits also include roles in the Broadway productions of Six Degrees of Separation, The Seagull and Hedda Gabler, the latter earning her a 1994 Calloway Award. She recently returned to Broadway, starring opposite Tony Goldwyn in Phillip Barry's Holiday, a comedy of manners, and she also starred in John Guare's Landscape of the Body at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Love Actually" (07-Nov-2003)


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