Who is Laura Linney?

Laura Leggett Linney is a professional American actress and singer. She is mostly known for her role in the movies like Mystic River in 2003, Kinsey in 2004 and Truman Show in 1998. She is also famous for playing in the television in Wild Iris in 2001, Frasier from 2003 to 2004, John Adam in 2008, The Big C from 2010 to 2013, and Ozark in 2017. Laura also starred in many films including Lorenzo’s Oil in 1992, You Can Count On Me in 2000, The Savages in 2007, Primal Fear in 1996, Love Actually in 2003, The Squid and the Whale in 2005, The Nanny Diaries in 2007, Hyde Park on Hudson in 2012, Mr. Holmes in 2015, Sully and Nocturnal Animal in 2016.

Quick Info
Full NameLaura Leggett Linney
Birth DateFebruary 5, 1964
Birth PlaceManhattan, New York, United States
FatherRomulus Zachariah Linney IV
MotherMiriam Anderson
HusbandMarc Schauer
SonBennett Armistead Schauer
Height5 feet 7 inches (1.71 m)
Weight57 kg (125.6 lbs)
Body Measurement35-26-34 inches
EyesLight Blue
Net Worth$7 million


Laura was born on February 5, 1964, with the name Laura Leggett Linney in Manhattan, New York, United States. She is a daughter to Miriam Anderson, who was a nurse and Romulus Zachariah Linney IV, who was a playwright and professor. Her paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U.S. Congressman, Romulus Zachariah Linney. She has a half-sister named Susan.

Laura Linney

Early Life

In 1982, Linney graduated in Northfield Mount Hermon School. She then attended Northwestern University for further studies. However, she transferred to Brown University, where she studied acting with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh and also served on the board of Production Workshop, the university’s student theatre group. Linney graduated from Brown in 1986. She studied acting at the Juilliard School as a member of Group 19. Furthermore, She graduated with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown in 2003. She also graduated with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard when she delivered the school’s commencement address in 2009.



Laura Linney started her career with the minor roles in the film, including “Lorenzo’s Oil” in 1992, “Searching for Bobby Fischer” and “Dave” in 1993. She starred in a series of high-profile thrillers, including “Congo” in 1995, “Primal Fear” in 1996, and “Absolute Power” in 1997. She made her Hollywood breakthrough by playing in “The Truman Show” in 1998. Eventually, in 2000, she appeared in the film “You Can Count On Me” and “Mystic River” in 2003. She also starred in the movie “Love Actually” and “The Life of David Gale”. Eventually, she starred in Kinsey in 2004 and “The Squid and the Whale” in 2005.

In 2006, Linney played a role in the political satire film “Man of the Year,” comedy-drama “The Nanny Diaries,” also appeared in an Australian movie, “Jindabyne” and in “The Savages”. Subsequently, she starred in “Hyde Park on Hudson” in 2012 and “Mr. Holmes” in 2015. In 2016, she also played in “Sully,” “Genius,” and “Nocturnal Animals”. Linney had starred in “Falling” and “The Roads Not Taken” in 2020.

Laura Linney


Linney started contributing to television in 1993 with “Tales of the City,” which again returned in Netflix in 2019 with the same name. In the following year, she played in an episode of “Law & Order.” In 2002, she appeared in “Wild Iris” and did a recurring role in the comedy series “Frasier” in 2004. She starred in the prestigious HBO miniseries “John Adams” in 2008 and the PBS television series “Masterpiece Classic” in 2009. Linney returned to television in Showtime’s series “The Big C.” Linney appeared in Netflix’s crime drama series “Ozark” alongside Jason Bateman in 2017.

Linney had started her career by working in the theatre. In 2002, she appeared in the Broadway revival of “The Crucible” at the Virginia Theatre. She also appeared in the Broadway production of “Sight Unseen” at the Biltmore Theatre. Subsequently, in 2008, she again starred in the Broadway revival of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ at the American Airlines Theatre. Eventually, in 2010, Linney starred in the Broadway production of “Times Stands Still” at the Cort Theatre. She starred in Broadway revival “The Little Foxes” in 2017 and also starred in a monologue play adapted from the Elizabeth Strout novel titled “My Name Was Lucy Barton” in 2018.

Personal Life

Linney married David Adkins in 1995, but the couple divorced in 2000. In 2007, she got engaged to Marc Schauer, who is a real estate agent. The couple married in May of 2009. Actor Liam Neeson walked her down the aisle. She gave birth to their son, Bennett Armistead Schauer, on January 8, 2014.

Linney became a guest and presenter at the “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” on January 18, 2009.

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Linney has been associated with the film industry for a long time and has contributed to a lot of films and series. She has been nominated in many awards from a lot of her roles and also got several of them. She has been nominated in three Academy Awards and one British Academy Film Awards. Linney has been nominated in six Golden Globe Awards and has won two of them. She has also earned six nominations with four wins in Primetime Emmy Awards and also received five nominations with one win in Screen Actors Guild Awards. She has also been nominated four times in Tony Awards.

Nationality and Physical Statistics

Linney is American by nationality and is of the white race. She belongs to English, Scottish, German and Irish ancestry.

Besides that, Linney stands at the height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.71 m) and weighing about 57 kg (125.6 lbs) with the body measurement of 35-26-34.  Additionally, her hair color is blonde, and her eye color is light blue.


Laura has an active Instagram account as @itsmelauralinney with 154k followers.

Laura Linney Net Worth

Linney is living a luxurious life with her family. She is a famous actress who has earned a lot of money as well as fame. Laura currently has about $7 million approximately.