Who is Hamish Linklater?

If you were a fan of the Netflix mini-series “Midnight Mass”, which follows the story of an isolated island community that has experienced some miraculous events and omens after a mysterious Father Paul arrived on the island, you might be interested in finding out more about the actor who portrayed this character. Let us introduce you to Hamish Linklater.

He’s an actor with nearly 50 credits to his name, but his role as Father Paul brought him the Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actor in a Horror Series, and IGN Summer Movie Award for Best Dramatic TV Performance, while he was nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television, and Pena de Prata Award for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Anthology Series or TV Special.

Early life and education

Hamish was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on 7 July 1976, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts USA; he holds American nationality, although he comes from a family of Scottish, German, Swedish, Flemish, English and Irish descent.

His father is James Lincoln Cormeny, however nothing is known about his, especially as  after his parents divorced, Hamish was raised by his mother, Kristin Linklater, who was a vocal teacher, Professor of Theatre, and Chair of the Acting Division at Columbia University in New York City.

Hamish spent most of his childhood with his mother in Berkshires, Massachusetts, and from an early age, he became a part of her drama troupe Shakespeare & Company, performing small roles in theatre.

Speaking of his educational background, he attended Commonwealth School, in Boston, Massachusetts, and upon matriculating in 1994, he enrolled at Amherst College, Massachusetts, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English, in 1997.

Roles in movies

After graduation, Hamish at first established his theatre career, and then in 2000 made his big-screen debut portraying David in the musical drama “Groove”, followed two years later by his role as Richard Roth in the TV movie “Live from Baghdad”.

The early 2000s saw him as Marty in “Final Draft”, and then he starred in several short movies through 2005, when he was cast to play Leonard in “Fantastic Four”, also starring Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd.

In 2010, Hamish was cast to play Jason in “The Future”, followed by his role as Cal Zapata in “Battleship” in 2012, and in the same year, Hamish portrayed Henry in “Lola Versus”, while in the following year, he was seen as Ralph Branca in “42”, a biographical sports drama written and directed by Brian Helgeland, followed by his role as David in “Redemption Trail”.

In 2014, Hamish was cast to play in the movies “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” and “Magic in the Moonlight”, while in the following year, he was cast for roles in the movies “One More Time”, “Ithaca” and then “The Big Short”, which won the Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, and Hamish and the rest of the crew were nominated for Awards Circuit Community Award-Best Ensemble, Gold Derby Award-Ensemble, and Screen Actor Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and winning Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award.

In the following years, Hamish was seen in several TV movies before his role as Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2017, followed by his roles in “You Can’t Say No” and “Paper Year” in 2018, and then in 2020 portraying Benjamin in “10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up”, also starring Christina Ricci and Mia Sinclair Jenness, which was his most recent movie role.

It’s been announced that Hamish is starring in the new western thriller “Dead for A Dollar”, which is currently in post-production.

Roles in series

Hamish made his first television appearance portraying Doctor Bruce Cherry in the series “Gideon’s Crossing” in 2000, followed by his aforementioned appearance in “Live in Baghdad, then a guest role in “Dragnet” in 2003, and was next seen as Pvt. Stan Silver in “American Dreams” in 2004, concurrently starring as Carl Axelrod in the TV mini-series “5ive Days to Midnight”.

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In the following years, Hamish guest-starred in numerous series, while from 2006 until 2010, he portrayed Matthew Kimble in “The New Adventures of Old Christine”, a Primetime Emmy awarded comedy drama, also starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Clark Gregg.

In 2012, he was cast to play Dave Cooper in “The Big C”, followed by his role as David LaGuardia in “The Good Wife” and then he was seen as Jerry Dantana in “The Newsroom”, and concurrently with these roles during 2013 and ‘14, Hamish portrayed Andrew Keanelly in “The Crazy Ones”.

Three years later, he was seen as Larue Dollard in “Fargo”, and he next starred as Clark in “Legion” through 2019, and was then cast to play John Tyler in “Tell Me Your Secrets” in 2021, followed by his most notable television role for now, as Father Paul in “Midnight Mass”.

His most recent role was his portrayal of Jeb Magruder in the series “Gaslit”, also starring Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, and Dan Stevens, which was released on 24 April 2022 on American premium cable network Starz.

Love life and relationships

Hamish hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies concerning his love life, and it’s widely known that from 2002 until 2012 he was in a marriage with Jessica Goldberg, an American playwright, with whom Hamish has a daughter named Lucinda Rose.

In 2013, Hamish started dating actress Lily Rabe, who is perhaps known best for her role as Claire Bennigan in the series “The Whispers”. She was born on 28 June 1982, which makes Cancer her zodiac sign, and her age is 39. Lily was raised in New York City, and launched her acting career in 2001, while she also has several directing and producing credits to her name.

Hamish and Lily met in 2006, while they were both auditioning for roles in the play “The Merchant of Venice”, and bonded during the rehearsals, their fellows noticing the chemistry between the two, however, at that time Hamish was married, so the two remained close friends.

Although they tried to keep their relationship away from the public eye, in 2013, it was clear that they were dating, which they later confirmed. In 2017, they became parents when Lily gave birth to their first daughter, while the second was born in 2020, and in September 2021, Lily revealed that they are expecting their third child.

It isn’t confirmed if these two are married, however, it’s known that as of March 2022, they are living together and raising their daughters in their home in Los Angeles, California.

Age, height, and net worth

This 45-year-old actor has black, curly hair and brown eyes; he weighs around 170lbs (78kgs) and is 6ft 4ins (1.93m) tall.

According to sources, as of early 2022, Hamish’s net worth has been estimated at over $3 million, with most of his income earned starring in numerous movies and series.

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