Linda Cardellini was born in Redwood City, California. She made her first public appearance at age 10 when she sang in a school play. Subsequent to that performance, she acted in several school productions, and started attending drama lessons. She graduated from nearby Mountain View's Catholic St. Francis High School in 1993, then moved to Los Angeles to seek roles in television and film.
Cardellini received her first big break 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 and spent the summer in Europe as part of a touring production of "Lancelot," a 14th-century Dutch tragedy.
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, the actress earned positive response that subsequently catapulted her to fame. Cardellini starred in the live-action adaptation of "Scooby-Doo" in 2002, in which she brought to life the cartoon character of Velma Dinkley. She would later reprise 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.
Her other film work includes roles in "Dead Man on Campus," "Legally Blonde," "Brokeback Mountain" 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 Fox 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."
In 2010 and 2011, Cardellini returned to the stage with the Dr. God comedy group in Los Angeles and San Francisco, appeared in "Kill the Irishman" and "Super," and starred in the independent film "Return."
Since June 2012, she has been the voice of Wendy on the Disney Channel show "Gravity Falls." Linda voice acts periodically on the podcast and live show "The Thrilling Adventure Hour," on the "Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars" segments.
In 2013 she was chosen to play Sylvia, a love interest of Don Draper on "Mad Men."
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