Linda Cardellini is an American actress best known for her role as Nurse Samantha Taggart on the television medical drama ER.
In addition to her role on ER, Cardellini was also seen in the films American Gun, starring as part of an ensemble that includes Donald Sutherland and Forest Whitaker; Nick Goossen's comedy Nana's Boy with Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight, Doris Roberts and Nick Swardson; and in Brokeback Mountain for director Ang Lee.
She was also seen in the sequel to the hit live-action animated feature Scooby Doo, which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Matthew Lillard. Cardellini reprised her role as Velma Dinkley, the brains of Mystery, Inc., in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
Making her mark in the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks, Cardellini starred as Lindsay Weir (a precocious academic decathlete who experiences a crisis of faith after witnessing the death of her grandmother). Her witty and biting portrayal of the teen still resonates among the show's cult following.
Among Cardellini's other film credits are Legally Blonde, Good Burger, Dead Man on Campus (with Tom Everett Scott and Marc-Paul Gosselaar), the thriller Strangeland, and the independent feature The Unsaid, opposite Andy Garcia.
She also appeared in another independent project, Welcome to LaLa Wood, opposite Martin Short.
Cardellini's other television work includes The Lot, Guys Like Us and Bone Chillers. Her guest appearances include 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Twilight Zone, Boy Meets World, Clueless and Pacific Palisades.
A native of Mountain View, California, Cardellini always wanted to entertain and loves the art of bringing written characters to life.
She currently lives in Los Angeles.