Date of Birth : Jun 25th 1975
She is best known for her roles as high school student Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks, as Velma Dinkley in the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies, and as nurse Samantha Taggart on ER.
She had her first public appearance at age 10, when she sang in a school play. After the performance, she subsequently plunged herself in several school productions and started attending drama lessons. She graduated from nearby Mountain View’s St. Francis High School in 1993, and later attended Loyola Marymount University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts, graduating in 2001 with a degree in theatre.
Another big break for Cardellini came when she landed one of the starring roles in the NBC series Freaks and Geeks, which debuted during the 1999-2000 season. As Lindsay Weir, an honor student in the midst of an identity crisis, the actress earned positive response that subsequently catapulted her fame. In 2002, Cardellini starred in the live-action adaption of Scooby-Doo, in which she brought to life the cartoon character of Velma Dinkley. She would later reprise the role of Velma in 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. In 2003, she joined the cast of the hospital drama ER as Samantha Taggart, a free-spirited nurse.