Laura Linney (Laura)
In "Driving Lessons” Linney plays Laura, over protective mother of Ben (Rupert Grint) and wife of downtrodden vicar Robert (Nicholas Farrell).
Born in New York City, Laura Linney is the daughter of playwright Romulus Linney. A graduate of Brown University, Linney studied acting at Juilliard and the Arts Theatre in Moscow. She made an impact on Broadway in plays like "Hedda Gabler,” "Six Degrees of Separation” and more recently in Richard Eyre's revival of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible,” opposite Liam Neeson.
Adept at moving between theatre, film and television, Linney has considerable film experience both as a champion of the independent sector, and in big studio pictures.
Her first major role was in Paramount's "Congo,” while her performance in "Primal Fear” opposite Richard Gere brought her to the attention of director Clint Eastwood, who cast her in "Absolute Power” and later in "Mystic River.” Director Peter Weir cast her with Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show.” She starred in the much admired "You Can Count on Me,” winning her first Oscar nomination. Recently Linney starred in "Kinsey” with Liam Neeson.
Her work in television includes "Tales from the City” based on Armistead Maupin's delightful books about life in San Francisco and several episodes of "Frasier” as Dr Crane's love interest, Charlotte.