A self described “latent bloomer”, Barclay is the youngest of four to her Scottish parents, and spent most of her childhood growing up between Toronto, where she now resides, and Edinburgh, Scotland. An avid athlete throughout her adolescence, she competed at the National level in sprint kayaking and field hockey and was a member of both disciplines’ provincial teams, also competing and medalling at the Canadian Summer Games. Though being an Olympian was her first dream, she was also drawn to the Arts. Turning down a sports scholarship to the States and leaving the paddling World behind she auditioned and was accepted into the Theatre Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Upon graduation she moved back to Toronto and began her career on stage. However, soon her adventurous spirit got the best of her.“I was performing in a play and was standing backstage one night speaking to a castmate about feeling torn about wanting to perform but also wanting to explore the World a little more. I was performing these classical texts but felt so green in appreciating the human experiences my characters were having”. She decided to follow her gut and her curiosity and moved abroad for the next few years living and working in Indonesia, Australia, and England. “Traveling makes you realize who you are, and puts you outside your comfort zone daily. I find you talk to strangers more openly and listen more clearly, so you’re more open to receiving new ideas, perspectives and opinions”. Its a move that proved to only add to the arsenal of this young performers’ toolkit. “People fascinate Linzee. She loves to engage with them, listen to them, learn about them and from them” states Director, Bryan Kowalsky (who directed Barclay in the upcoming short film Becoming Wigglesworth and previously in Father Manning). “I believe it is this characteristic that sets her apart as a great actress. She wants to understand people”.
After her time in Indonesia and Australia her love for history and a boy led her to England. Upon attending so many shows in London’s depth of theatre as an audience member she could no longer ignore her urge to perform. Relocating back to Toronto, with a few more years and scars on her feet, she decided to tread the boards once more. It didn’t take her long, a few months after her arrival she was cast in the inaugural Guild Festival Theatre’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard playing the role of ‘Anya’, opposite Canadian stage veterans John Jarvis and Jesse Aaron Dwyre. During this time she was also cast in the History Channels’ internationally acclaimed special segment The Real Inglorious Bastards, as well as securing the lead in her first film role in Frontier. A period piece shot on 35mm by up and coming cinematographer James Poremba and directed by Jessica Adams.
Following Frontier, Barclay was cast as a recurring role in season 4 of Syfy’s hit supernatural drama Lost Girl starring Anna Silk, after a Casting Director noticed her in a workshop and called her in to audition the following week. Not only did she make an impression with its producers who decided to cast the relative unknown, but also the lead of the show, “Linzee is one of those Actresses who makes everyone else perform at a higher level because she is so talented and generous as a scene partner” remarks Silk. Its a quality that actor Alisen Down of Syfy’s 12 Monkeys also noticed in Barclay when she began to coach her in class, “Her access to her emotions is amazing. She makes it look incredibly easy and her soulfulness comes across on screen. She has a emotional and spiritual maturity that gives her an otherworldly feel”.
A maturity that has no doubt come from forging her own path both professionally and personally and will continue to serve her with the opportunities coming her way. Barclay admits, “I now appreciate that there is no one right way to living a creative life. What I love about being an Actor is you become a Human Anthropologist in a way. The more I try to understand why people do the things they do, the more my empathy grows for people and it informs the kind of stories I want to be apart of telling”.