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Linda Purl

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September 2, 1955 (1955-09-02) (age 59)
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
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Linda Purl is an American actress. She portrays Barbara Pelt in True Blood. She is a guest star in the fifth season.


Linda Purl was born in Connecticut and raised in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to train at the Toho Geino Academy. At the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, she played the role of "Louis" in "The King and I" (in Japanese), "Bet" in "Oliver" and the role of "Helen Keller" in "The Miracle Worker".

She then went to England to study under Marguerite Beale, before returning to the United States to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute and, later, with Robert Lewis. Her stage credits include: The Broadway musical, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"; "Getting and Spending", which ran on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre.


  • True Blood (2012)
  • Homeland (2011)
  • The Office (2009-2011)
  • Lie to Me (2010)
  • Criminal Minds (2010)
  • Desperate Housewives (2010)
  • Bones (2009)


  • Linda's Twitter account can be found here: @Lindapurl

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