Samantha Morton

Samantha Morton

Infobox actor

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caption = Samantha Morton, February 2008
birthdate=birth date and age|1977|5|13
birthplace= Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
goldenglobeawards= Best Supporting Actress - Miniseries
2007 "Longford"

Samantha Morton (born May 13, 1977) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated English actress.


Personal life

Morton was born in Clifton Nottingham, England, the daughter of Pamela Freebury, a factory worker, and Peter Morton. [ [ Samantha Morton Biography (1977-) ] ] [ [ I may have left Sam in care but she still flies me First Class to Hollywood; EXCLUSIVE: MOTHER'S PRIDE AT BRITAIN'S NEW MOVIE STAR.(Features) | Article from Sunday Mirror (Lon... ] ] Her parents divorced in 1979. [ [ Samantha Morton Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] She attended West Bridgford Comprehensive School and spent part of her childhood in care.

Morton was reported to have had a stroke in 2006, as a result she was said to be close to death and had to relearn how to walk and talk. [cite news |author=Tahira Yaqoob |title=Actress Samantha Morton was 'close to death' after a secret stroke two years ago |date=9 March 2008 |publisher=Daily Mail|url= |accessdate=2008-03-10]

Morton has a daughter, Esme (born in 2000), with actor Charlie Creed-Miles. Morton is engaged to filmmaker Harry Holm, son of actor Ian Holm. Their daughter, Edie, was born January 4, 2008 in London weighing 7 lbs, 8 oz.


Morton began her career as a child actor. At 13 she joined the Central Junior Television Workshop. At 16 she moved to London and appeared in plays at the Royal Court Theatre, also securing an early break as a guest star in an episode of "Cracker". Although she applied to institutions such as RADA, she received no further formal training. [ [,,333453,00.html Young, gifted and gabby | | Guardian Unlimited Film ] ] She went on to star in television productions like "Jane Eyre" and "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling".

Starring roles in "Band of Gold" (1995), and the film "Under the Skin" in 1997, raised her profile in the UK. The latter impressed Woody Allen so much he cast her in his film "Sweet and Lowdown" for which she would receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1999. She is the first actress nominated for the Oscar for roles in a film in which she does not utter even a single word. In 2002 she won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress for her work in "Morvern Callar", followed by a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for "In America" in 2003.

Morton played the Moors Murderess Myra Hindley in a television film "Longford" (2006). Set between 1967 and 1997, the film depicts the relationship between the infamous child killer and Lord Longford, the politician who spent years campaigning for her release. Morton was severely criticised by the relatives of the children who were killed by Hindley and Ian Brady but she insisted, "It is my duty as a performer to raise issues...we're afraid to look at". [ [ 'Yes, I'm playing Myra Hindley. It's my duty to raise things we're afraid of' - News, Film & TV - ] ] Morton received a 2007 Emmy nomination and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the film, both for Best Supporting Actress.

She plans to make her directorial debut in 2008 with the semi-autobiographical piece "The Unloved", a collaboration with screenwriter Tony Grisoni.


* "Cracker" (1994) (TV)... Joanne Barnes
* "Band of Gold" (1995) (mini series)... Tracy Richards
* "Emma" (1996) (TV)... Harriet Smith
* "Jane Eyre" (1997) (TV)... Jane Eyre
* "This Is the Sea" (1997)... Hazel Stokes
* "Under the Skin" (1997)... Iris Kelly
* "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997) (mini series)... Sophia Western
* "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999)... Hattie
* "Jesus' Son" (1999)... Michelle
* "Dreaming of Joseph Lees "(1999)... Eva
* "Pandaemonium" (2000)... Sara Coleridge
* "U2: The Best of 1990-2000" (2002) (V)... Mermaid (video "Electrical Storm")
* "Minority Report" (2002)... Agatha
* "Morvern Callar" (2002)... Morvern
* "Max and Ruby" (2002–2007) (TV series)... Ruby
* "In America" (2003)... Sarah
* "Code 46" (2003)... Maria Gonzales
* "Enduring Love" (2004)... Claire
* "Farmers on E" (2005)
* "River Queen" (2005)... Sarah O'Brien
* "The Libertine" (2005)... Elizabeth Barry
* "Lassie" (2005)... Sarah Carraclough
* "Longford" (2006) (TV)... Myra Hindley
* "Expired" (2007)... Claire
* "Control" (2007)... Deborah Curtis
* "Mister Lonely" (2007)... Marilyn Monroe impersonator
* "" (2007)... Mary Queen of Scots
* "Synecdoche, New York" (2008) ... Hazel
* "The Daisy Chain" (2008)... TBA
* "The Messenger" (2009)... Olivia Pitterson

Awards and nominations

*Academy Awards
**2000 - Best Actress in a Supporting Role - "Sweet and Lowdown" (nominee)
**2004 - Best Actress in a Leading Role - "In America" (nominee)
**2007 - BAFTA TV Award / Best Actress - "Longford" (nominee)
**2008 - BAFTA Film Award / Best Supporting Actress - "Control" (nominee)
*Golden Globe
**2000 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - "Sweet and Lowdown" (nominee)
**2008 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - "Longford" (winner)

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-! colspan="3" style="background: #DAA520;" | Golden Globe Award
-succession box
title = Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
years = 2008
for "Longford"
before= Emily Blunt
for "Gideon's Daughter"
after = TBD


External links

*Screenonline name|id=493115|name=Samantha Morton

NAME= Morton, Samantha
DATE OF BIRTH=May 13, 1977
PLACE OF BIRTH= Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

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