Linda was born in 1963, south London. She was a successful stage actress in her younger years and has worked with the Royal National Theatre.
TV roles have included stints in dramas Born To Run, Trial And Retribution and Touching Evil, as well as starring in feature film Beautiful Thing. She also appeared in EastEnders in 1992 as the prostitute mother of teen tearaway Mandy Salter.
Shirley is not Linda's first hard nut role as she starred as convict Yvonne Atkins in ITV prison drama Bad Girls.
Linda has one daughter, Ellie, born in 1993.