Linda Purl is known to television audiences of all ages. Currently on True Blood as Barbara Pelt, she is also known for the Emmy Award winning show Homeland as Elizabeth Gaines and ongoing role on The Office as Helene Beasley. Additional series roles include Charlene Matlock on Matlock Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiancée, on Happy Days and the long running western series Young Pioneers. She has starred in over 40 made-for-TV movies. Linda tours in concert and has two solo CD’s in release.
Born in Connecticut, Linda grew up in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy. Her studies continued at LAMDA, Neighborhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg Institute. Her performances on Broadway include the Tony nominated musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending, and The Baby Dance. Her theatre credits include such classical plays as Romeo and Juliet,The Little Foxes,The Merchant of Venice, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hippolytus, A Glass Menagerie, The Road to Mecca; A Doll’s House, at such theaters as Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Santa Fe Opera, Cleveland Playhouse, six seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; the Princess Grace Theatre in Monaco, Imperial Theatre, Tokyo Japan.
She is the Founder of the California International Theatre Festival, which just recently enjoyed its fifth season in Southern California presenting plays from around the world.