Linda Purl will next be seen in a recurring role on CBS in Reckless opposite Gregory Harrison. She recently had recurring roles on HBO's True Blood as Barbara Pelt, The Office as Helene Beasley and the Showtime series Homeland, as Elizabeth Gaines. She has starred in over 40 made-for-TV movies, and is especially known for her series roles as Charlene Matlock on Matlock and Ashley Pfister, Fonzie’s fiancée, on Happy Days. She appeared on Broadway in Tony nominated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending, and Off-Broadway in The Baby Dance and Hallelujah, Hallelujah! Regional theatre credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; Regina in The Little Foxes; Portia in The Merchant of Venice; Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire; Phaedra in Hippolytus; Amanda in A Glass Menagerie; the title role in Nora with Michael York; the original production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Dinner with Friends; Prudence in Beyond Therapy; The Road to Mecca with Miss Julie Harris; Nora in A Doll’s House; and touring in Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. She has also worked at Long Wharf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Santa Fe Opera, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Rubicon Theatre Company, and Berkeley Rep. She appeared for six seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; plus the Princess Grace Theatre in Monaco and the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo. She is Founder of the California International Theatre Festival and served as its Founding Festival Director.
As a film actress, she has appeared in Disney's Mighty Joe Young, The Walking Major and Leo and Loree, among others. Purl currently tours with her solo concert Come Rain or Come Shine, with Kevin Spirtas in Rhapsody for Two, with Lee Lessack in tributes to both Berlin and Mercer, as well as with Gregory Harrison in A Night to Remember. Her recordings include the solo albums Midnight Caravan, Alone Together and Out of this World.
Born in Connecticut, Purl grew up in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy. Her studies continued at LAMDA, Neighborhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg Institute.