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Linda Edna Cardellini (born June 25, 1975)[1] is an American actress. In television, she is known for her leading roles in the teen drama Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000), the medical drama ER (2003–09), the drama thriller Bloodline (2015–17), and the dark tragicomedy Dead to Me (2019–present). She also guest starred in the period drama Mad Men (2013–15), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. Cardellini's voice work includes the animated series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010–13), Regular Show (2012–15), Gravity Falls (2012–16), and Sanjay and Craig (2013–16).

Linda Cardellini
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Cardellini at the 2019 South by Southwest
Linda Edna Cardellini

(1975-06-25) June 25, 1975 (age 44)
EducationLoyola Marymount University
Years active1996–present
Partner(s)Steven Rodriguez (2009–present; engaged)

In film, Cardellini is known for her portrayal of Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo (2002) and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), and for her supporting roles in Brokeback Mountain (2005), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Green Book (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). She has also starred in the drama Return (2011), earning an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead nomination, the comedies Daddy's Home (2015) and Daddy's Home 2 (2017), and the horror film The Curse of La Llorona (2019).

Early lifeEdit

Cardellini was born in Redwood City, California,[1] the daughter of Lorraine (née Hernan), a homemaker, and Wayne David Cardellini, a businessman.[2] She is the youngest of four children.[2] Cardellini is of Italian, Irish, German, and Scottish descent.[3][4] She was raised Catholic.[5] She made her first public appearance at age 10, when she sang in a school play. Subsequently, she acted in several school productions and started attending drama lessons.[6] She graduated from nearby Mountain View's Catholic St. Francis High School in 1993,[7] then moved to Los Angeles to seek roles in television and film.[6]

Cardellini was a contestant in a 1994 episode of The Price Is Right, winning a fireplace.[8]


Cardellini received her first big break role in 1996 when she landed a starring role as Sarah on ABC's Saturday morning live-action children's series, Bone Chillers. Following this, she made guest appearances on prime-time programs such as Step by Step, Clueless, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Boy Meets World as Lauren, a girl that came between the show's star couple. Cardellini co-starred in the AMC mini-series The Lot in 1999,[6] and spent the summer in Europe as part of a touring production of Lancelot, a fourteenth-century Dutch tragedy.[7]

Cardellini as part of "Dr. God", 2010

Cardellini had her first major success when she landed one of the starring roles in the NBC series Freaks and Geeks, which debuted during the 1999–2000 season. As Lindsay Weir, an honor student in the midst of an identity crisis, Cardellini earned positive response that subsequently catapulted her to fame. Cardellini starred in the live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo in 2002, in which she played the cartoon character Velma Dinkley. She later reprised the role of Velma in 2004's Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. She joined the cast of the hospital drama ER in 2003 as Samantha Taggart, a free-spirited nurse. Cardellini acted for six seasons on ER, until the series finale, "And in the End...", and with the cast won the TV Land ensemble Icon Award in 2009.[9]

Cardellini at the 2011 Deauville American Film Festival

Her other film work includes roles in Dead Man on Campus, Strangeland, Good Burger, Legally Blonde, Brokeback Mountain (for which she was nominated for the ensemble Gotham[10] and Screen Actors Guild awards),[11] and a starring role in the Happy Madison film Grandma's Boy as Samantha. She was the voice of Ursula in the role-playing video game, Gladius, and played the voice of Bliss Goode on the ABC animated series The Goode Family. In 2007, Cardellini was chosen to play lovelorn Clara in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon, a prequel to 1989's Lonesome Dove.[12]

In 2010 and 2011, Cardellini returned to the stage with the Dr. God comedy group in Los Angeles and San Francisco,[13][14] appeared in Kill the Irishman and Super, and starred in the independent film Return. She appeared with cast members and producers of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared at the Paley Center for Media PaleyFest on March 12, 2011.[15][16] From June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016, she has been the voice of Wendy on the Disney Channel show Gravity Falls.

Cardellini voice acts periodically on the podcast and live show The Thrilling Adventure Hour, on the Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars segments.[17][18] In 2013, she was chosen to play Sylvia Rosen, a love interest of Don Draper on Mad Men. For her performance on Mad Men, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Starting in 2015, she joined Kyle Chandler on a new Netflix series Bloodline from the creators of Damages.[19] The show was cancelled in 2016, and ended after its third season.[20]

In August 2018, Cardellini was cast to co-star with Christina Applegate in Netflix's dark comedy series Dead to Me.[21] It premiered on May 3, 2019.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Cardellini attended Loyola Marymount University's[23] College of Communication and Fine Arts, graduating in 2000 with a degree in theatre arts. In 2007, she was recognized as a "Distinguished Alumna" by the university.[24] She dated her Freaks and Geeks co-star Jason Segel for five years following the show's cancellation.[25] In October 2011, Cardellini and her boyfriend Steven Rodriguez announced her pregnancy.[26] Cardellini gave birth to their daughter in February 2012.[27] Cardellini and Rodriguez became engaged in June 2013.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Good Burger Heather
1998 Dead Man on Campus Kelly
Strangeland Genevieve Gage
1999 The Prince and the Surfer Melissa
2001 Legally Blonde Chutney Wyndham
The Unsaid Shelly Hunter
2002 Scooby-Doo Velma Dinkley
Certainly Not a Fairytale[29] Adelle/Writer Short film
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Velma Dinkley
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Natalie Coolidge
LolliLove Linda
2005 Brokeback Mountain Cassie Cartwright
American Gun Mary Ann Wilk
2006 Grandma's Boy Samantha
2008 The Lazarus Project Julie Ingram
2010 Gleeclipse Coach Short film
2011 Kill the Irishman Joan Madigan
Super Pet Store Employee
All-Star Superman Nasthalthia (voice) Direct-to-DVD
Return Kelli
2014 Welcome to Me Gina Selway
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Laura Barton
Daddy's Home Sara Whitaker
2016 The Founder Joan Smith
2017 Austin Found Leanne Wilson
Daddy's Home 2 Sara Whitaker
2018 Green Book Dolores Vallelonga
A Simple Favor Diana Hyland
Hunter Killer Jane Norquist
2019 The Curse of La Llorona Anna Garcia
Avengers: Endgame Laura Barton
2020 Fonzo Mae Capone Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bone Chillers Sarah 8 episodes
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Lorna Episode: "Dickmalion"
Pacific Palisades Sara 2 episodes
Clueless Oddrey Episode: "Chick Fight Tonight"
Step by Step Cassie Evans Episode: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
1998 Promised Land Amber Episode: "Chasin' the Blues"
Kenan & Kel Becky Episode: "Chicago Witch Trials"
1998–1999 Guys Like Us Jude 6 episodes
1998–1999 Boy Meets World Lauren 4 episodes
1999 Dying to Live Leslie Dugger Television film
The Lot June Parker 4 episodes
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Lindsay Weir 18 episodes
2003 The Twilight Zone Ali Warner Episode: "The Path"
2003–2009 ER Samantha Taggart 125 episodes
2005–2018 Robot Chicken Velma Dinkley / various voices 4 episodes
2007 Human Giant Melody Richards Episode: "Mind Explosion"
2008 Comanche Moon Clara Forsythe 3 episodes
2009 Cupid Masseuse Uncredited[citation needed]
Episode: "My Fair Masseuse"
The Goode Family Bliss Goode (voice) 13 episodes
2011 Person of Interest Dr. Megan Tillman Episode: "Cura Te Ipsum"
2011–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Marcy 'Hot Dog Water' Fleach (voice) 8 episodes
2012–2015 Regular Show CJ (voice) 24 episodes
2012–2016 Gravity Falls Wendy Corduroy (voice) 31 episodes
2013 Out There Sharla Lemoyne (voice) 5 episodes
2013–2015 Mad Men Sylvia Rosen 9 episodes
2013–2016 Sanjay and Craig Megan Sparkles (voice) 40 episodes
2014 New Girl Abby Day 3 episodes
2015–2017 Bloodline Meg Rayburn 33 episodes
2019 - Present Dead to Me Judy Hale Main Role; 10 episodes

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
2002 "Land of a Million Drums" Outkast
2008 "Sing Along" Virginia Coalition

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
2003 Gladius Ursula
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Velma Dinkley
2012 Lollipop Chainsaw Cordelia Starling

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast[citation needed] Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2009 TV Land Awards Icon ER Won
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Return Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated


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