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Linda Cardellini

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One of the most versatile actresses currently working in both film and television, Linda Cardellini is well-known for her portrayal of Nurse Samantha Taggart on NBC's highly-rated ER. She is reprising the role (which she originated in 2003) this fall, as the series begins its 12th season.

In addition to Brokeback Mountain, she stars in two other films this year; Aric Avelino's drama American Gun, with Donald Sutherland and Forest Whitaker, and Nick Goossen's comedy Nana's Boy, produced by Adam Sandler and costarring Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight, Doris Roberts, and Nick Swardson.

Ms. Cardellini's past feature film work includes starring as Velma in Raja Gosnell's pair of popular Scooby-Doo movies; appearing in Robert Luketic's hit Legally Blonde; and costarring with Martin Short in Vadim Jean's Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.

Among her earlier screen credits are Alan Cohn's Dead Man on Campus, Brian Robbins' Good Burger, John Pieplow's Strangeland, and Tom McLoughlin's The Unsaid.

Ms. Cardellini first came to prominence starring as academic decathlete Lindsay Weir on the celebrated NBC series Freaks and Geeks, which has recently enjoyed a renaissance on DVD.