Dynamic actress Samantha Morton so convincingly played American, Irish, Scottish and even mute, that fans of her international independent films may not have even known that she hailed from Northern England. An active player in British television dramas and classic literary screen adaptations since she was a teenager, most U.S. audiences first caught the actress in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999), playing a mute to silent perfection, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Known for her raw intensity, Morton delivered authentic portrayals of street savvy survivalists while exhibiting exceptionally high standards in selecting quality material. By the time she was 30 years old, Morton racked up nearly 20 film credits, including "Jesus' Son" (2000), "Morvern Callar" (2002), "Minority Report" (2002), in which she was one of the mystical "precogs, and "In America" (2003), a film that earned her a second Oscar nomination. In 2006, Morton portrayed one of England's most famous criminals in the prison drama "Longford" (HBO, 2006), which netted her more award nominations and a Golden Globe, affirming that the talented actress was capable of turning out superb performances in just about every role she played.