Samantha Morton is an English actress and director counted amongst the most talented and finest actresses of Hollywood. She has earned Academy Award nominations for her performances in the comedy drama movie ‘Sweet and Lowdown’ and the drama flick ‘In America’. Born in Nottingham, Morton had a troubled childhood as her father was an alcoholic. Following her parents’ divorce in 1979, her mother remarried and once again entered an abusive relationship. Tired of her family situation, Morton left her home and spent many years in foster care. At the age of 13, she joined Central Junior Television Workshop which eventually led to an acting career. In 2009, the talented artiste made her directorial debut with ‘The Unloved’, a TV film that won her a BAFTA Television Award. Behind the screen, Morton is a mother of three and is currently in a relationship with filmmaker Harry Holm. She supports homes for foster children and is involved in causes related to foster care.
Childhood & Early Life
Samantha Morton was born on 13 May 1977 in Clifton, Nottingham, England to Peter and Pamela
Her parents divorced in 1979 and she went on to live with her mother and her stepfather, who was also abusive just like her biological father. Morton left her parents and spent the next nine years in and out of foster care.
She studied at West Bridgford Comprehensive School and later joined Central Junior Television Workshop.
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Samantha Morton initially landed minor roles in television shows such as ‘Soldier Soldier’ and ‘Boon’. She then went on to play a regular role in the TV series ‘Band of Gold’ in 1995-96.
In 1997, the actress was cast in the lead role in Carine Adler’s drama flick ‘Under the Skin’ where she played a lady coping with life after the death of her mother. Her role earned her the Best Actress Award at the event of Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.
In 1999, Morton was featured in the drama film ‘Jesus' Son,’ for which she earned a Satellite Award nomination. In 2000, she starred in ‘Pandaemonium,’ a biographical drama directed by Julien Temple and garnered a nomination for a British Independent Film Award.
From 2002 to 2003, the actress lent her voice to the character of Ruby for the animated series ‘Max & Ruby.’ After this, she played a grieving young Scottish woman who moves to Spain after her boyfriend commits suicide in ‘Morvern Callar.’
The year 2004 saw her in the movies ‘Code 46’ and ‘Enduring Love’. A year later, Morton did the British-New Zealand war film ‘In River Queen’. She next had roles in the romantic drama ‘Expired,’ dramedy ‘Mister Lonely,’ and the biopic ‘Control’, all of which were released in 2007.
In 2008, she starred alongside Michelle Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the box-office bomb ‘Synecdoche, New York’.
Morton made her directorial debut with the 2009 semi-autobiographical drama ‘The Unloved’ which earned her a BAFTA award.
In 2013, she appeared in the thriller ‘The Harvest’ as a controlling mother who keeps her sick son in an isolated environment.
Beginning in 2017, she has appeared in the period drama ‘Harlots.’ As of 2019, the actress plays Alpha, a villainous leader of a group, in season 9 of the series ‘The Walking Dead.’
In 1999, Samantha Morton was cast in the romantic comedy film ‘Sweet and Lowdown’ which garnered critical acclaim. Her role as the mute laundress Hattie earned her nominations for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.
In 2002, the actress found wider recognition with her role in the sci-fi thriller ‘Minority Report’ which also starred Tom Cruise. The film grossed US$358 million on a budget of $102 million. Her role earned her an Empire Award and a Saturn Award.
Morton starred in Jim Sheridan’s ‘In America’ where she portrayed the matriarch of an Irish family struggling to commence a new life in New York. Her role earned her multiple award nominations including for the Academy Award and the Independent Spirit Award.
Family & Personal Life
From 1999 to 2000, Samantha Morton was in a relationship with actor Charlie Creed-Miles. They have a daughter named Esme.
Following her separation from Miles, the actress began dating filmmaker Harry Holm. The two have a daughter, Edie, and a son named Theodore.
On 20 July 2011, Morton received an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the Nottingham Trent University "in recognition of her internationally successful acting career."