East Lothian actress set to get foot in Trump’s White House

Louise Linton via Shutterstock

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Her whirlwind rise to fame has already taken her from East Lothian to Hollywood.

And now actress Louise Linton could be about to get a foot in the White House.

US President-elect Donald Trump adviser Steven Mnuchin speaks to reporters at the Trump Tower in New York. Picture; Getty

US President-elect Donald Trump adviser Steven Mnuchin speaks to reporters at the Trump Tower in New York. Picture; Getty

The 35-year-old, who hit the headlines earlier in the year over her controversial memoirs, is engaged to a man who is a hot tip for Donald Trump’s presidential team.

Ms Linton’s fiancé Steven Mnuchin managed Mr Trump’s campaign finances and is now reported to be the president elect’s first choice for the key treasury secretary role.

And if the rumours are true, it won’t be long before Mr Mnuchin, a former Wall Street banker, and Ms Linton are rubbing shoulders with America’s new political elite.

It would be a dramatic turn in fortune for Ms Linton, after she was met with widespread criticism for the contents of her In Congo’s Shadow memoir earlier this year.

Louise Linton, picture; Shutterstock

Louise Linton, picture; Shutterstock

The actress moved to Los Angeles after gap year in 1999 to study for an undergraduate degree in journalism at Pepperdine University.

She become engaged to 53-year-old Mr Mnuchin last year, with the pair’s age gap spanning almost 20 years.

The couple are reported to have met on the committee of environmental non-profit Conservation International’s Los Angeles gala. If Mr Mnuchin is named treasury secretary, it would make Linton the partner of the fifth most powerful man in the US government.

Until then she has her acting career to fall back on, having so far been seen in CSI: New York and horror film Cabin Fever. But it was in Edinburgh that Ms Linton took her first steps towards the big screen.

After attending St George’s School for Girls and Fettes College, she undertook her first bout of professional training at Edinburgh Drama Academy.

Private training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts followed, as did further acting at university.

Aside from work, Ms Linton has become involved with a number of different charities, including military veterans cause Erskine. She was an Erskine ambassador from 2010-12, with a spokesman for the charity saying they were “very grateful” for her support.

Ms Linton could not be contacted for comment last night on what is a spectacular end to a tumultuous year. In her widely-lambasted memoir, billed as “one girl’s perilous journey in the heart of Africa”, she recalled a six-month stint volunteering in Zambia in 1999.

Ms Linton, who grew up in Melville Castle, East Lothian, claimed to have been targeted by armed Congolese rebels and said orphans she encountered described her long blonde tresses as “angel hair”.

But the memoir prompted a huge backlash on social media over her supposed “white saviour complex”, criticism which eventually led to the book being pulled from the shelves.

The criticism even went as far as the High Commission of Zambia. Ms Linton went on to shut down one of her social media accounts soon afterwards, but later took to Twitter to apologise.