Hamish Linklater

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Hamish Linklater
Linklater in November 2011
Born (1976-07-07) July 7, 1976 (age 47)
Alma materAmherst College
Years active2000–present
(m. 2002; div. 2012)
PartnerLily Rabe (2013–present)
RelativesMarjorie Linklater (grandmother)
Eric Linklater (grandfather)
Magnus Linklater (uncle)
Andro Linklater (uncle)

Hamish Linklater (born July 7, 1976)[1] is an American actor and playwright. He is known for playing Matthew Kimble in The New Adventures of Old Christine, Andrew Keanelly in The Crazy Ones, and Clark Debussy in Legion. He is the son of dramatic vocal trainer Kristin Linklater.

In 2021, he starred as Father Paul in the Netflix horror miniseries Midnight Mass, for which he received high critical acclaim.[2]

Early life[edit]

Linklater was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His mother, Kristin Linklater, was a Scottish-born Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Acting Division at Columbia University and a teacher of vocal technique. A single mother, she raised her son partly in the Berkshires, where she was a founder of the Shakespeare & Company drama troupe. Linklater was eight years old when he began doing small Shakespearean roles.[3]

His maternal grandparents were Marjorie Linklater, an arts campaigner, and Eric Linklater, who was a Scottish novelist of partly Swedish origin.[4] His uncles are journalist Magnus Linklater and writer Andro Linklater.

Linklater graduated in 1994 from Commonwealth School in Boston[5] and attended Amherst College.[6]


Given his pedigree in the theater, he first established himself on the stage and made his big-screen debut in 2000's Groove. That was followed by his role as CNN correspondent Richard Roth in the HBO movie Live from Baghdad. He has since appeared in numerous movies, including Fantastic Four (2005). He had a recurring role on the television show American Dreams as well as Gideon's Crossing. He was second-in-line to play Logan on Dark Angel, but the role went to Michael Weatherly.

From 2006 until 2010 he was a main cast member in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, as the brother of Christine Campbell, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

In July 2006, Linklater appeared in Keith Bunin's The Busy World Is Hushed opposite Jill Clayburgh off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. He played the title character in Hamlet at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California and the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.

On Halloween 2007, Linklater appeared in an episode of Pushing Daisies on ABC, entitled "Girth". He also completed the film The Violent Kind.[7]

He appeared in The Public Theater's 2009 production of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, opposite Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald and Raul Esparza.[8]

In 2011, he starred with Miranda July in The Future. He made his Broadway debut in October 2011 in Theresa Rebeck's new play Seminar opposite Alan Rickman, Jerry O'Connell, Lily Rabe, and Hettienne Park.

In 2013, he played Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca in the Jackie Robinson biopic film 42. Linklater also joined the cast of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom in a recurring role, playing senior producer Jerry Dantana. He remained for six episodes, until earning the role of Andrew Keanelly on the CBS series The Crazy Ones, which premiered in September 2013.

In 2017, Linklater was cast in a recurring role in the FX original series Legion, based on the Marvel Comics character, and was promoted to the main cast for its second season. Also in 2017, he had a small role in the third season of the FX black comedy crime drama series Fargo, created by Legion showrunner Noah Hawley.

In 2020, Linklater was cast in the Amazon Prime series Tell Me Your Secrets as John Tyler, a convicted rapist seeking redemption by trying to find a missing girl.[9] The series premiered on February 19, 2021.[10]

In 2021, Linklater starred in Mike Flanagan's Netflix horror miniseries, Midnight Mass, as Father Paul Hill. It premiered September 24, 2021. He received high critical acclaim and a Critic's Choice nomination for the role.

Also in 2021, he began filming Gaslit as Jeb Magruder, which premiered in 2022 on Starz. In 2022, Walter Hill's western Dead for a Dollar premiered at Venice Film Festival and in the United States, with Linklater playing wealthy villain Martin Kidd.

In 2022, Linklater began filming Downtown Owl, a film based on the Chuck Klosterman novel of the same name. Linklater is the screenwriter as well as a producer and director for the film.

Personal life[edit]

Linklater married playwright Jessica Goldberg in January 2002; they divorced in 2012 and have one daughter.[3][11]

Shortly thereafter, Linklater went public with his relationship with actress Lily Rabe. They have two daughters, born in March 2017 and June 2020.[12][13] In September 2021, the couple announced they were expecting their third child.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Groove David Turner
2003 Final Draft Marty
2005 The Sailor's Girl Short film
Everything's Gone Green William Short film
Fantastic Four Leonard
2006 Affair Game Henry Short film
2008 The Violent Kind Frank Direct-to-DVD
2011 I'm Coming Over Buffalo Short film
The Future Jason
2012 Battleship Cal Zapata
Lola Versus Henry
2013 42 Ralph Branca
Redemption Trail David
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Tommy Altmann
Magic in the Moonlight Brice
2015 One More Time Tim
Ithaca Tom Spangler
The Big Short Porter Collins Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2017 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander
Paper Year Noah Bearinger
You Can't Say No Miles
2019 Unicorn Store Gary
2020 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up Benjamin
2022 Dead for a Dollar Martin Kidd
2023 Downtown Owl Post-production; director, screenwriter, and producer
TBA The Nickel Boys[15] Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2000–01 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Bruce Cherry 20 episodes
2002 Live from Baghdad Richard Roth Television film
2003 Happy Family Todd Brennan Episode: "Pilot" (scenes deleted)
Dragnet Kevin Grimes Episode: "The Magic Bullet"
2004 American Dreams Pvt. Stan Silver 9 episodes
Five Days to Midnight Carl Axelrod 5 episodes
2006–10 The New Adventures of Old Christine Matthew Kimble 88 episodes
2007 Pushing Daisies John Joseph Jacobs Episode: "Girth"
2009 Ugly Betty Evan York Episode: "Blue on Blue"
2012 The Big C Dave Cooper 4 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit David Morris Episode: "Manhattan Vigil"
2012–13 The Good Wife David LaGuardia 2 episodes
2013 The Newsroom Jerry Dantana 6 episodes
2013–14 The Crazy Ones Andrew Keanelly 22 episodes
2017–19 Legion Clark Debussy 14 episodes
2017 Fargo Larue Dollard 4 episodes
2020 Monsterland Dr. Joe Keller Episode: "New Orleans, Louisiana"
The Stand Dr. Ellis Episode: "The End"
2021 Tell Me Your Secrets John Tyler 10 episodes
Midnight Mass Father Paul 7 episodes
Critics' Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
2022 Gaslit Jeb Magruder Miniseries, 5 episodes
Angelyne Rick Krause Miniseries, 4 episodes
TBA Manhunt Abraham Lincoln Upcoming miniseries


  1. ^ "Linklater, Hamish 1976-". Encyclopedia.com. Cengage. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  2. ^ Midnight Mass, retrieved September 29, 2021
  3. ^ a b Stewart, Susan (March 9, 2008), "Heat Some Tea. Look at the Ceiling. Now, That's Acting." New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-03-10
  4. ^ Keay, J. & Keay, J. (1994) Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London. HarperCollins.
  5. ^ "CBS Sitcom Star Hamish Linklater '94 Visits", Commonwealth School, November 2, 2008, reprinted from Boston Globe, also available in part here [1], via HighBeam Research
  6. ^ Mark Kennedy, "Actor Hamish Linklater evolves into playwright" Archived March 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Associated Press, January 31, 2013.
  7. ^ tommyc-6 (December 23, 2008). "Hamish Linklater's IMDb profile". IMDb. Retrieved October 27, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "The Public Theater;s website". Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Amazon Grabs Former TNT Thriller 'Tell Me Your Secrets'". The Hollywood Reporter. October 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (January 27, 2021). "'Tell Me Your Secrets': Amazon Drops Premiere Date & Trailer For Thriller Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  11. ^ "Actor Hamish Linklater Evolves Into Playwright". The Huffington Post. January 31, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  12. ^ "Baby on the Way for Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater". People. December 28, 2016. Archived from the original on March 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Niazi, Amil (May 25, 2021). "A Conversation With Lily Rabe: Motherhood Made Career Decisions So Much Easier". Romper.
  14. ^ Duncan, Gabrielle (September 26, 2021). "Lily Rabe Expecting Third Baby with Hamish Linklater". Yahoo.
  15. ^ Grobar, Matt t (October 27, 2022). "Aunjanue Ellis & Four Others Set For RaMell Ross' Colson Whitehead Adaptation 'The Nickel Boys' For MGM's Orion; Plan B, Anonymous Producing". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 1, 2023. Retrieved January 1, 2023.

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