Laura Linney has been nominated for three Academy Awards® and three Tony Awards. She has won Four Emmys® and Two Golden Globes. Her list of accolades continues to grow and grow, and yet she seems to be just now hitting her stride.
Laura studied acting at the Juliard School in 1986 and began working on Broadway two years later. She broke into film work a few years later with small roles in the films, Lorenzo’s Oil, Dave and Searching For Bobby Fisher. Her Hollywood break-through role came in 1998 when she was cast opposite Jim Carrey in the reality-obsessed world of The Truman Show. Her performance was critically acclaimed and opened the door for even more film and television work.
She won her first Emmy Award in 2002 for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie” for Wild Iris. In 2004, she won her second Emmy as “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series,” for her recurring role as the final love interest of Frasier Crane in the television series Frasier. In 2008, she won an Emmy in the category “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie” for her portrayal of Abigail Adams, wife of the second president of the United States, in the HBO miniseries John Adams.
In between her busy film shoots, Laura managed to rack up the nominations and awards for her Broadway performances, including Hedda Gabbler, a 2002 revival of The Crucible, and again in 2005 for Sight Unseen.
Her most recent foray into the television world was on the Showtime original series, The Big C. The show lasted four season and helped Linney earn critical acclaim for playing a suburban mother dealing with cancer.
She can now be seen starring opposite Ian McKellan in the Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Mr. Holmes. The film opened on July 17(2015) and the reviews have been positive.
Laura Linney is a proud supporter and contributor to American Foundation for AIDS Research, Clothes Off Our Back, Declare Yourself, Dress for Success, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer