Star Profile: Laura Linney

Mimi ON Jan 28, 2011 AT 12:59 pm

Laura Linney

Laura Linney

Laura Linney has caught our attention again as she’s starring as a woman who has been diagnosed with cancer in her hit US TV show, The Big C.

Linney was born in Manhattan, New York on 5. Feb 1964. She continued on an attended Northwestern University after her high school graduation, which she transferred from after a year and went on to study at Brown University. She also then went on to further her acting career by studying at Juilliard and then onto the Arts Theatre School in Moscow.

Laura Linney in The Truman Show

Laura Linney in The Truman Show

Realising that acting was the path she wanted and quickly joined the Broadway stage with roles on stage in “Hedda Gabler,” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” After Broadway she moved on to a film as she starred alongside Richard Gere as his ex-girlfriend in the movie Primal Fear. This was her breakthrough performance, which only led to bigger and better things clearly!

Those bigger things include the Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, who chose Linney to play his daughter in the movie, Absolute Power. She has also starred alongside funny man Jim Carey in, The Truman Show.

You Can Count On Me

You Can Count On Me

Her career was at a high when she bagged an Academy Award nomination for “You Can Count on Me” and some of you may also know her from the failsafe romcom for all of us sappy souls out there, “Love Actually,” in which she starred alongside heavyweight actors like Liam Neeson, (Taken) and Colin Firth (The Kings Speech).

Linney has surely never disappointed us with her countless onscreen performances and we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed as she won countless award nominations that include Tony Awards, Academy Awards, BAFTAs, Emmy’s and Golden Globes… so she’s not doing too badly.

Laura Linney and Liam Neison

Laura Linney and Liam Neison

Other than snatching awards, nominations, and making fabulous movies, Linney was recently married in May 2009. This is where we grab some tissues everyone. Linney had long time friend – and BATD favourite -Liam Neeson walk her down the aisle two months after his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, (The Parent Trap) had passed away. Linney and Richardson were good friends, so this was a very touching moment.

Now that we’ve wiped away our tears, we can catch Linney in her new hit TV series, The Big C, which has already won her a Golden Globe Award since airing in the US. Be sure to keep your eyes out for this show as it is arriving in the UK on 3. Feb of this year for all to indulge in!

Right now, Linney’s career is booming. She has a new film called, The Details, that stars Toby Maguire and Elizabeth Banks which was recently a huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by one of the major film companies. Hopefully we will be seeing this film very soon!

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