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Through her exposure on the critically adored NBC series Freaks and Geeks, LINDA CARDELLINI (Velma Dinkley) was singled out by dozens of major publications as one of the most extraordinary young actors in Hollywood. And they were right.

Since finishing the series Cardellini has worked non-stop in both feature films and theatre. She recently starred in The Unsaid, in which she starred opposite Andy Garcia and was seen last summer in the critical and audience favorite, Legally Blonde, with Reese Witherspoon.

As early as age 10, when she was first asked to sing in a school play, Cardellini knew what her future would be. She immersed herself in school productions and drama classes, getting her big break with a starring role in the television series Bone Chillers. She has also appeared in the films Dead Man on Campus and Good Burger.

After breaking into the scene in Freaks and Geeks in the fall of 1999, she starred that season in American Movie Classics' original four-part dramedy The Lot, set in a 1930's film studio. The multi-plot story revolved around her character, an innocent young Midwesterner who goes to Hollywood to become a star. When AMC opted to continue the multi-part series this season, Cardellini re-joined her original castmates for several guest-star appearances, winning repeat rave reviews.

Cardellini is also genuinely committed to her first love, theatre. She has performed in Europe, starring in the 14th century Dutch tragedy Lancelot, one of the earliest secular feminist plays ever discovered and only recently translated into English and also appeared in the West Coast premiere of Adam Rapp's award-winning Ghosts in the Cottonwoods.

Cardellini currently resides in Los Angeles.

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