Louise Linton (born December 21, 1980) is a Scottish actress. She has appeared in films such as Cabin Fever and the television series CSI: NY and Cold Case. She received global media criticism for her gap year memoir about Zambia. She is the founder and a producing partner of Stormchaser Films, a Los Angeles based independent production company.
Linton was born in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh, Scotland. She was educated at St George's School for Girls and Fettes College. Her family owns Melville Castle outside Edinburgh. As a child, Linton trained with a private coach from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, from which she acquired her certificate with honors. Her mother died when she was 14 years old. After boarding school, she spent part of her gap year serving as a volunteer in northern Zambia, before attending university in the United States. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Pepperdine University, followed by a law degree (J.D.). She graduated from law school in 2012. Linton landed some minor acting roles in 2006 before her big break arrived the following year when Robert Redford cast her in Lions for Lambs, starring Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. In 2008, she portrayed the role of Katie in the Roy Lee horror film The Echo, with Jesse Bradford and Amelia Warner. Her next role came as Shannon Storm in the independent comedy Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story (2010).
Following this, she played Louise Patterson in a 2009 episode of the CBS series Cold Case. That was quickly followed by a small role as Samantha in Lionsgate's Crew 2 Crew. Linton's first lead role was as the angel haired Emerson in the sci-fi film Scavengers. This was her first collaboration with director Travis Z, with whom she has gone on to collaborate on several other features. She starred as Deputy Winston in Z's horror remake of Cabin Fever (2016). In 2016, Linton self-published a book about her experience, entitled In Congo's Shadow, co-authored by Wendy Holden. Linton withdrew In Congo's Shadow from sale after some readers took offense over her portrayal of Zambia. The book has been criticised for its inaccuracies and promotion of the false narrative of "the white saviour".
She later apologised for causing offense and promised to donate all profits from the book to an appropriate charity. The Zambian High Commission in London condemned her for falsely presenting Zambia. Linton currently serves on the Board of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the Old Fettesian’s US Board of Trustees for Fettes College in Edinburgh. She is a global ambassador to the Protecting African Lions foundation (PAL). She was a member of the LA County Museum of Art’s Avante Garde from 2010 to 2011. She was an Ambassador for Erskine Wounded Warriors Scotland (2010-2012). She is Ambassador for the Scottish Butterfly Trust for Cystic Fibrosis. Linton is engaged to Steven Mnuchin, a retired Goldman Sachs partner turned movie producer who, as of January, 2017, is Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury.
- 2007 : Lions for Lambs : Skin Care Consultant
- 2008 : The Echo : Katie
- 2008 : Banking on Love : Dina
- 2008 : Heineken Experience: Brew You : Gorgeous Woman : Short film
- 2010 : Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story : Shannon Storm
- 2012 : She Wants Me : Jessica
- 2012 : Crew 2 Crew : Samantha
- 2013 : The Power of Few : Corey's Mother
- 2013 : Scavangers : Emerson
- 2014 : Serial Daters Anonymous : Claire
- 2016 : Cabin Fever : Deputy Winston
- 2016 : Intruder : Elizabeth
- 2016 : The Midnight Man : Annie Luster
- 2016 : Rules Don't Apply : Betty
- 2017 : Odious : Veronica : In post-production
- 2007 : The Daily Habit : Amy : 2 episodes
- 2007 : CSI: NY : Simone de Lille : Episode: "A Daze of Wine and Roaches"
- 2009 : Cold Case : Louise Patterson '44 : Episode: "WASP"
- 2011 : William & Kate: The Movie : Vanessa Rose Bellows : Television film
- 2012 : A Smile as Big as the Moon : Julie : Television film