Louise Linton (née Hay; born 20 December 1980) is a Scottish actress. She has appeared in the horror films Cabin Fever and Intruder and in minor roles in the television series CSI: NY and Cold Case. Linton is married to Steven Mnuchin, the former United States Secretary of the Treasury.
Linton in 2017
20 December 1980
|Alma mater||Pepperdine University (BA)|
University of West Los Angeles (JD)
|Occupation||actress, director, producer, animal rights activist|
(m. 2006; div. 2009)
Louise Hay was born in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh, Scotland, the youngest of three children of William and Rachel Hay. Her family owns Melville Castle outside Edinburgh, where she used to spend weekends.
Linton was educated at St George's School for Girls and Fettes College. She was interested in acting from an early age; after observing students from Pepperdine University participating at the Edinburgh Festival, she vowed to her father that she would one day attend "Pepperdine and be an actress." She trained in Edinburgh with a private coach from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, from which she gained honours after an exam.
Linton's mother died of breast cancer, aged 53, when Linton was 14 years old. After boarding school, Louise spent part of her gap year as a volunteer in northern Zambia, before attending university in the United States.
Her first role was as a guest star in CSI: NY playing Simone de Lille, a French au pair to a New York teenager played by Shailene Woodley. The episode aired in 2007.
Her first film was 2007's Lions for Lambs, directed by Robert Redford, starring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, in which Linton played Miss M, but her scenes were dropped from the final release. In 2008, she portrayed Katie in the Roy Lee horror film The Echo. According to the film's director, Yam Laranas, Linton was not his first pick of actress but he agreed to give her the role because her then-husband Ronald Richards paid him $200,000. Her first lead role was in the sci-fi film Scavengers. In 2016, she appeared in Cabin Fever, a remake of the 2002 film of the same name and played the lead role of Elizabeth in the thriller Intruder. In 2009 Linton appeared in the Cold Case episode “WASP” in which she played Louise Patterson, a 1940's Women Air Force Service Pilot. She also appeared in the film Crew 2 Crew. Linton was featured in the 2003 reality TV series Hopelessly Rich.
In 2009, she was honored at the Scottish Style Awards as the country's 'Most Stylish Woman’.
In interviews from 2009 to 2011, Linton recounted volunteering during her 1999 gap year in what she described as "war-torn Zambia", and the night she spent "hiding in the bush as Hutu rebels attacked the village she was working in". In 2016, she drew widespread criticism for her self-published memoir about her experiences in Zambia, titled In Congo's Shadow, co-authored by Wendy Holden. An excerpt from the memoir, published in The Telegraph, drew intense scrutiny, with many readers objecting to her portrayal of Zambia, as well as Linton's claim that she was a "central character" in the events.
"I tried not to think what the rebels would do to the 'skinny white Muzungu with long angel hair' if they found me." - Louise Linton in her memoir, In Congo's Shadow.
The Zambian High Commission in London and others criticised the book for its inaccuracies and promotion of the false narrative of "the white saviour". Her representative, Mike Sitrick, says she was targeted unfairly. "Had her critics checked," he claims, "they would have found that articles written contemporaneously with the events reported in Louise's book, by among the most respected media in the world, were consistent with Louise's reporting of those events, as was a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees briefing in March 1999.”
Shortly after The Telegraph published its extract from the book, Linton withdrew her book from sale. She later apologised for causing offence and promised to donate all profits from the book to an appropriate charity, which she founded. The Telegraph withdrew the published extract and also apologised for any inaccuracies in Linton's text.
Louise was blessed and fortunate enough to be raised in a Scottish castle, and to not understand the reality of some human beings with a different background.— Shona Hampel, longtime friend of Linton, March 2018 Elle profile
In February 2017, Linton succeeded her fiancé, Steven Mnuchin, as the interim CEO of Dune Entertainment. Mnuchin had founded Dune in 2004 but stepped down as part of his ethics agreement to divest his business roles in preparation for his appointment as Secretary of the Treasury. Linton publicly announced her new role in early May, which immediately drew the attention of Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Wyden questioned whether the appointment of Linton meant Mnuchin had fully divested from the company. Although the Treasury replied that she was serving in an uncompensated capacity, Linton resigned as interim CEO later in May.
Linton is involved in The Rockshiel Trust, a Scottish legal entity, which applied to develop townhouses and apartments in the upmarket area of Murrayfield in Edinburgh close to the Hay family's Edinburgh home. The plans for 9 Kinellan Road were objected to by the local community and the plans submitted to Edinburgh City Council in January 2019 were later withdrawn.
Linton’s production company Stormchaser Films acquired Serial Daters Anonymous and completed the film’s production and post production. Linton stars opposite Sam Page. The film has not yet been released.
In 2019, Linton wrote, directed, produced, financed, and starred in the upcoming feature film Me, You, Madness opposite Ed Westwick in which she plays a murderous, sex-addicted hedge fund manager. The movie was released on February 12, 2021.
Linton met Mnuchin through mutual friends at a 2013 wedding reception in Los Angeles. The pair were engaged in 2015 after dating for two years. On 24 June 2017, Linton married Mnuchin. The civil ceremony, at which Vice President Mike Pence officiated, took place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Linton serves on the board of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the Old Fettesian's US Board of Trustees for Fettes College in Edinburgh. She was an ambassador for Erskine Wounded Warriors Scotland from 2010 to 2012, and is an ambassador for the Scottish Butterfly Trust for Cystic Fibrosis.
In July 2016, excerpts of Linton's self-published novel depicting her gap year in Zambia came under fire by Twitter users and Zambians for her factual errors and condescending comments. Twitter users popularized the hashtag #lintonlies to highlight the issues in the book, which confused Zambia with Congo and Rwanda 
In August 2017, Linton was criticised for posting a photo on Instagram of herself accompanying her husband on a trip to Fort Knox on a United States government plane, using hashtags to highlight the designer clothing and accessories she wore. In her reply, she called the critic "adorably out of touch", and suggested that she contributed more to the US economy and paid more in taxes than the woman criticising her. Following extensive publicity, Linton apologised for both her initial post and her response to criticism released by her publicist, saying "it was inappropriate and highly insensitive". The couple reimbursed the government for the travel costs. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the authorisation and costs of the trip, noting the trip "seems to have been planned around the solar eclipse." Later, Linton said she was a "bozo" for the Instagram post.
In November 2017, Linton and Mnuchin sparked a new wave of criticism when they posed holding a sheet of dollar bills – the first to include Mnuchin's signature – at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Afterward, Linton's outfit, including elbow-length black leather gloves, was compared to Darth Vader and Cruella de Vil.
In January 2018, Linton was one of many celebrities, sports stars, journalists and politicians that was outed by The New York Times for allegedly purchasing fake followers – some of whom used information copied from real people – on various types of social media in order to overstate her following and influence.
The Treasury's Office of Inspector General is reviewing the flight taken by Mnuchin and Linton. ABC News reported in September 2017 that the office had opened a second inquiry following reports that Mnuchin had requested use of a government jet to take him and Linton on their honeymoon in Scotland, France and Italy.
|2007||Lions for Lambs||Skin Care Consultant||Scenes cut from final release|
|2008||Banking on Love||Dina|
|2008||Heineken Experience: Brew You||Woman||Short film|
|2010||Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story||Shannon Storm|
|2012||She Wants Me||Jessica|
|2012||Crew 2 Crew||Samantha|
|2013||The Power of Few||Corey's Mother|
|2014||Serial Daters Anonymous||Claire|
|2016||Cabin Fever||Deputy Winston|
|2016||The Midnight Man||Annie Luster|
|2016||Rules Don't Apply||Betty|
|2021||Me, You, Madness||Catherine Black||Post-production; Also writer, producer|
|2007||The Daily Habit||Amy||2 episodes|
|2007||CSI: NY||Simone de Lille||Episode: "A Daze of Wine and Roaches"|
|2009||Cold Case||Louise Patterson '44||Episode: "WASP"|
|2011||William & Kate: The Movie||Vanessa Rose Bellows||Television film|
|2012||A Smile as Big as the Moon||Julie||Television film|
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...found herself a husband – attorney Ronald Richards, 14 years her senior. They divorced in 2010 after 'four or five' years of marriage. 'I think I was just a bit too young and we weren't exactly right for each other...Life moves quickly, particularly in fast-paced Los Angeles. It's not something I regret. I feel like I learned so much from it, and he and I are still dear friends'.
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- Louise Linton at IMDb
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