Cardellini at the 2011 Deauville American Film Festival
|Born||Linda Edna Cardellini
June 25, 1975
Redwood City, California, U.S.
|Education||Loyola Marymount University|
Linda Edna Cardellini (born June 25, 1975) is an American television and film actress. She is known for her television roles Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks, Samantha Taggart on ER, as well as the voices of Hot Dog Water on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Wendy on Gravity Falls, and the film role of Velma Dinkley in the live-action Scooby-Doo theatrical films. On April 7, 2013, she began the recurring role of Sylvia Rosen, neighbor of Don Draper, on Mad Men.
Early life 
Cardellini was born in Redwood City, California, the daughter of Lorraine (née Hernan) and Wayne David Cardellini. 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 (for which she was nominated for the ensemble Gotham and Screen Actors Guild awards), 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.
Cardellini appeared with cast members and producers of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared at the Paley Center for Media PaleyFest on March 12, 2011. Since June 29, 2012, she has been the voice of Wendy on the Disney Channel show Gravity Falls.
Personal life 
Cardellini attended Loyola Marymount University's 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.
On October 18, 2011, Cardellini and her boyfriend, Steven Rodriguez, announced that they were expecting their first child in 2012. On February 29, 2012, Cardellini gave birth to daughter Lilah-Rose.
|1998||Dead Man on Campus||Kelly|
|1999||The Prince and the Surfer||Melissa|
|2001||The Unsaid||Shelly Hunter|
|2002||Certainly Not a Fairytale||Adelle/Writer||Short|
|2004||Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed||Velma Dinkley|
|2004||Jiminy Glick in Lalawood||Natalie Coolidge|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Cassie Cartwright|
|2005||American Gun||Mary Ann Wilk|
|2008||The Lazarus Project||Julie Ingram|
|2011||Kill the Irishman||Joan Madigan|
|2011||Super||Pet Store Employee|
|2011||All-Star Superman||Nasthalthia "Nasty" Luthor|
|2011||Return||Kelli||Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead|
|1996||Bone Chillers||Sarah||8 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"|
|1998–99||Guys Like Us||Jude||6 episodes|
|1998–99||Boy Meets World||Lauren, Stacey||4 episodes, 1 episode|
|1999||The Lot||June Parker||Episode: "Happy Landings"|
|1999||Dying to Live||Leslie Dugger||Movie|
|Freaks and Geeks||Lindsay Weir||18 episodes|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Ali Warner||Episode: "The Path"|
|2003–09||ER||Nurse Samantha Taggart||126 episodes|
|Robot Chicken||Various (voice)||Episodes: "Operation Rich in Spirit", "Chirlaxx"|
|2007||Human Giant||Melody Richards||Episode: "Mind Explosion"|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Clara Forsythe||Mini-series; 3 episodes|
|2009||Cupid||Masseuse (uncredited)||Episode: "My Fair Masseuse"|
|2009||The Goode Family||Bliss Goode||13 episodes|
|2010–13||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Hot Dog Water/Marcie Fleach,
Dark Lilith (voice)
|12 episodes (Recurring role)|
|2011||Person of Interest||Dr. Megan Tillman||Episode: "Cura Te Ipsum"|
|2012||Regular Show||C.J. (voice)||Episode: "Yes Dude Yes"|
|2012–13||Gravity Falls||Wendy (voice)||Recurring role|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Velma, Jem (voice)||Episode: "Punctured Jugular"|
|2013||Out There||Sharla Lemoyne (voice)||Recurring role|
|2013||Mad Men||Sylvia Rosen||Recurring role|
Video games 
|2004||Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed||Velma Dinkley|
|2012||Lollipop Chainsaw||Cordelia Starling|
Awards and nominations 
- Petrozzello, Donna (August 19, 1999). "Young Actress Takes Shine To Playing A Movie Starlet". New York Daily News.
- Linda Cardellini. AskMen.com.
- MacIntyre, April (April 9, 2009). "TV Land Awards gives Icon award to 'ER'". Monsters and Critics.
- Gotham Awards Nominations Announced. FilmMakerMagazine.com, October 25, 2005.
- "12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and Nominees". Screen Actors Guild. 2006.
- Stransky, Tanner (August 17, 2007). "Where are the 'Freaks and Geeks' now?". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Angels & Prophets: Linda Cardellini". drgodcomedy.com.
- "Performers 2011 Line Up : Linda Cardellini". SFSketchFest.com.
- "Freaks and Geeks / Undeclared Reunion". PaleyCenter.org. March 12, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- "Freaks and Geeks Still Rocks". IGN. March 14, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
- "LA Leaders, LMU Distinguished Alumni Reception 2007". Loyola Marymount University. February 22, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "Distinguished Alumni Awardees 1970-present". Loyola Marymount University. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- 05:00 PM ET (2011-06-22). "Linda Cardellini Expecting First Child – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
- "Linda Cardellini Welcomes Daughter Lilah-Rose". People. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- "SEARCHLAB/Shorts: Certainly Not A Fairy Tale". Fox Searchlight SearchLab. January 4, 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-10-25.
- Gotham Awards Past Participants, gotham.ifp.org, March 6, 2012.
- The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, sagawards.com, March 6, 2012.
Media related to Linda Cardellini at Wikimedia Commons
- Linda Cardellini at the Internet Movie Database
- Linda Cardellini at NBC (ER show)
- Linda Cardellini on stage with Dr. God. Vimeo.com, Neil Garguilo.