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Nancy Linehan Charles

Nancy Linehan Charles has been a professional union actor for more than 40 years. She has appeared in plays from off-Broadway to regional to summer stock. Her favorite roles on the stage include the lead in The Visit, for which she won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and her featured performance in Toys in the Attic, for which she won both the Ovation Award and the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award. Her film work includes playing Ben Affleck’s mother in The Way Back; Max Von Sydow’s wife in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report; Ned Beatty’s wife in Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War; and appearances in Testify and Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem. She has shot close to 100 guest-starring roles on TV, including Shameless, Bosch, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, Grimm, Better Things, The West Wing and ER, to name a few, and she is currently a recurring character on the CBS hit Young Sheldon. Charles is also the artistic director of a flash mob Shakespeare company called Salty Shakespeare. Her company flashes bits of the Bard in crowded elevators, or in the coffee line at Starbucks, or anywhere that seems inappropriate. In 2014, the Los Angeles Times called Salty Shakespeare “the best flash mob Shakespeare company in L.A.”—not mentioning that it’s the ONLY flash mob Shakespeare company in L.A. Salty Shakespeare lives up to its motto of “Erupting, Interrupting, Disturbing the Peace.” Charles holds a Master’s degree in theatre, is a marathon runner and the mother of two fine young men: Charlie Linehan, a lawyer in the field of Cyber Investigation, and Will Rothhaar, a working actor.

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