Drawing: Laura Linney in Time Stands Still

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American actress Laura Linney featured in Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Prize Winner Donald Margulies at the Samuel Friedman Theater during its three month run on Broadway in early 2010.

She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. The Manhattan Theatre Club production returned to Broadway at the Court Theatre in September that year until the following January.

Laura played Sarah, a photo journalist returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, with her reporter boyfriend James who is overcome by guilt after leaving her alone in the war zone. Both are trying to return to living as civilians, yet the comforts of urban domesticity  – the simple pleasures and small compromises – can be a minefield of its own. She is limping with crutches and scars on her face. He wants to help, but Sarah resists.

The New York Times has called her “an actress of peerless emotional transparency, capable of conveying a multitude of conflicting feelings through minimal means.”

It was Laura’s third Tony nomination to go with three Oscar nominations, three Emmy and two Golden Globe wins. I met the lovely Laura last night at the premiere of her latest film Mr Holmes at the Odeon Kensington in London. “Oh, look at this,” she said, surprised by a sketch amongst all the Love, Actually posters and glossy 8x10s. Her graph used to have a bit more letter definition, but has been streamlined to accommodated demand I guess. However, she did take the time to dedicate it for me, “Mark with a K?” she asked. I nodded ok.

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