Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Wearing a violet sleeveless wrap, hair in a shoulder-length feather cut

Cardellini at the 2011
Deauville American Film Festival
Born Linda Edna Cardellini
(1975-06-25) June 25, 1975
Redwood City, California, United States
Education Loyola Marymount University
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 1994–present
Partner(s) Steven Rodriguez (2009-present; engaged since 2013)
Children 1

Linda Edna Cardellini (born June 25, 1975) is an American actress and voice actress.

She is known for her roles as Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks, Samantha Taggart on ER, Velma Dinkley in the live-action Scooby-Doo feature films, Sylvia Rosen, a neighbor of Don Draper's, on the AMC drama series Mad Men, Meg Rayburn on the Netflix original series Bloodline, Cassie in Brokeback Mountain, and Laura Barton in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She is also known for voicing roles in animated projects such as CJ in Regular Show, Wendy Corduroy in Gravity Falls, and Megan in Sanjay and Craig.

Early life

Cardellini was born in Redwood City, California, the daughter of Lorraine (née Hernan), a homemaker, and Wayne David Cardellini, a businessman.[1] She is the youngest of four children.[1] Cardellini is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish (her mother), German, English, and Scottish descent,[2][3] and was raised Catholic.[4] 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.[5] She graduated from nearby Mountain View's Catholic St. Francis High School in 1993,[6] then moved to Los Angeles to seek roles in television and film.[5] Cardellini was a contestant in a 1994 episode of The Price Is Right, winning a fireplace.[7]


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,[5] and spent the summer in Europe as part of a touring production of Lancelot, a fourteenth-century Dutch tragedy.[6]

in black jeans and off-the-shoulder sleeve top, gesturing palm up to audience
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.[8]

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[9] and Screen Actors Guild awards),[10] 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.[11]

In 2010 and 2011, Cardellini returned to the stage with the Dr. God comedy group in Los Angeles and San Francisco,[12][13] appeared in Kill the Irishman and Super, and starred in the independent film Return.

Cardellini appeared with cast members and producers of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared at the Paley Center for Media PaleyFest on March 12, 2011.[14][15] Since June 15, 2012, 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: Marshall on Mars segments.[16][17]

In 2013, Cardellini 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.[18] The show was cancelled in 2016, and will end after its third season.[19]

Personal life

Cardellini attended Loyola Marymount University's[20] College of Communication and Fine Arts, graduating in 2000 with a degree in theatre arts. In 2007, she was recognized as a "Distinguished Alumnus" by the university.[21]

Cardellini dated her Freaks and Geeks co-star Jason Segel for five years following the show's cancellation.[22]

In October 2011, Cardellini and her boyfriend Steven Rodriguez announced her pregnancy.[23] Cardellini gave birth to their daughter Lilah-Rose in February 2012.[24] Cardellini and Rodriguez became engaged in June 2013.[25]


Linda seated with group, in director's chair, in white sleeveless mini and silver closed heels
Cardellini at the 2011 PaleyFest


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Good Burger Heather
1998 Dead Man on Campus Kelly
1998 Strangeland Genevieve Gage
1999 Prince and the Surfer, TheThe Prince and the Surfer Melissa
2001 Legally Blonde Chutney Wyndham
2001 Unsaid, TheThe Unsaid Shelly Hunter
2002 Scooby-Doo Velma Dinkley
2002 Certainly Not a Fairytale[26] Adelle/Writer Short film
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Velma Dinkley
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Natalie Coolidge
2004 LolliLove Linda
2005 Brokeback Mountain Cassie Cartwright
2005 American Gun Mary Ann Wilk
2006 Grandma's Boy Samantha
2008 Lazarus Project, TheThe Lazarus Project Julie Ingram
2010 Gleeclipse Coach Short film
2011 Kill the Irishman Joan Madigan
2011 Super Pet Store Employee
2011 All-Star Superman Nasthalthia "Nasty" Luthor (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2011 Return Kelli
2014 Welcome to Me Gina
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Laura Barton
2015 Daddy's Home Sara Whitaker
2016 The Founder Joan Smith
2017 Hunter Killer Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bone Chillers Sarah 13 episodes
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Lorna Episode: "Dickmalion"
1997 Pacific Palisades Sara 2 episodes
1997 Clueless Oddrey Episode: "Chick Fight Tonight"
1997 Step by Step Cassie Evans Episode: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
1998 Promised Land Amber Episode: "Chasin' the Blues"
1998 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
1999 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 128 episodes
2005–2012 Robot Chicken Velma Dinkley / Various voices 3 episodes
2007 Human Giant Melody Richards Episode: "Mind Explosion"
2008 Comanche Moon Clara Forsythe 3 episodes
2009 Cupid Masseuse Episode: "My Fair Masseuse" (uncredited)
2009 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 / Various voices 8 episodes
2012–present Regular Show C.J. (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 / Various voices 38 episodes
2014 New Girl Abby Day 3 episodes
2015–present Bloodline Meg Rayburn 23 episodes
TBA Fresh Pretty Cure! Eas/Setsuna Higashi/Cure Passion

Music videos

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

Video games

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

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2005 Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 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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  10. "12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and Nominees". Screen Actors Guild. 2006.
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  13. "Performers 2011 Line Up : Linda Cardellini".
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  18. "Norbert Leo Butz Joins Netflix's Drama Series From 'Damages' Creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler & Daniel Zelman". TVWise. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  19. Prudom, Laura. "'Bloodline' Ending After Season 3 on Netflix". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  20. "LA Leaders, LMU Distinguished Alumni Reception 2007". Loyola Marymount University. February 22, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  21. "Distinguished Alumni Awardees 1970-present". Loyola Marymount University. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  22. "This breakup really broke up Jason Segel". Los Angeles Times. April 13, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
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  24. "Linda Cardellini Welcomes Daughter Lilah-Rose". People. March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
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