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Elizabeth "Biff" Hooper
Linda Thorson is a Canadian actor who spent much of her career living and working internationally. At seventeen she attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England, and immediately after graduating was cast in the hit British TV series The Avengers as ‘Tara King’, partnering with Patrick Macnee as ‘John Steed’.
Linda has appeared in the new NBC hit series New Amsterdam and also in Hallmark films The Good Witch and The Greatest Christmas Party Ever. She guest starred in Law and Order, Flashpoint, Rookie Blue, Schitt’s Creek, Star Trek, Committed, and Transporter. Recurring roles include ‘Isabel Murray’ in the CBC series Emily of the New Moon, One Life To Live and the long running series Emmerdale in the UK.
Linda has spent much of her career in the theatre, both in the West End in London: No Sex Please, We’re British, The Constant Wife, Final Judgment, and The Countess; and at the Chichester Festival Theatre: Sondheim’s Putting it Together and Anouilh’s, Ring Around the Moon.
On Broadway: Noises Off, City of Angels, Steaming, Zoya’s Apartment and Getting Married by George Bernard Shaw, also in NYC, the US premiere of Aidan Mathews’ play, Exit/Entrance. Other theatre work includes ‘Violet’ in Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize winning, August: Osage County, Other Desert Cities, The Seagull, ‘Lady Bracknell’ in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Guthrie Theatre, Amy’s View by David Hare, and national tours of The Sisters Rosensweig and Shirley Valentine. At Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company, Linda performed the roles of ‘Madame Arcati’ in Blythe Spirit and ‘Baptista’ in The Taming of the Shrew.
Recently Linda played a leading role in the Hallmark movie, The Vows We Keep. Her favourite role remains ‘Katherine’ in the award-winning Canadian film, The Second Time Around in which she co-stars with Stuart Margolin.
For her work on Broadway, Linda has received a Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award, a BAFTA Award in the UK and Le Prix Triumph for The Avengers in France. She has a one woman show called What Comes to Mind: My Life Through Song which she has performed in Cabaret in New York.
GLORIA is elegant and graceful in a way that screams ‘old money’. Almost done her nine-month jail sentence, little seems to have changed for Bridgeport’s most infamous resident. She is extravagant in her persona and her actions – but deep down, she believes everything she does is what’s best for her family. The loss of her daughter, Laura, devastated her, but she has a deep affection for Frank, who she sees as her true successor.
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