Samantha Morton

Actor, Screenwriter, Poet
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1977 in Nottingham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (37)

The Harvest 2015 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

Decoding Annie Parker 2014 (Movie)

Annie Parker (Actor)

Miss Julie 2014 (Movie)

Kathleen (Actor)

Cosmopolis 2012 (Movie)

Vija Kinski (Actor)

John Carter 2012 (Movie)

Sola (Actor)

Shadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Messenger 2009 (Movie)

Olivia Pitterson (Actor)

Expired 2008 (Movie)

Claire Barney (Actor)

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Mister Lonely 2008 (Movie)

Marilyn Monroe (Actor)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

Hazel (Actor)

Control 2007 (Movie)

Deborah Curtis (Actor)

Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007 (Movie)

Mary Stuart (Actor)

The Daisy Chain 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lassie 2006 (Movie)

Sarah Carraclough (Actor)

Slipp Jimmy Fri 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Sonia (Actor)

River Queen 2005 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

The Libertine 2005 (Movie)

Elizabeth Barry (Actor)

Code 46 2004 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Enduring Love 2004 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

In America 2003 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

Agatha (Actor)

Morvern Callar 2002 (Movie)

Morvern Callar (Actor)

Eden 2001 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Pandaemonium 2001 (Movie)

Sara Coleridge (Actor)

Jesus' Son 2000 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

Dreaming of Joseph Lees 1999 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Sweet and Lowdown 1999 (Movie)

Hattie (Actor)

The Last Yellow 1999 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Henry Fielding's Tom Jones 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Skin 1998 (Movie)

Iris Kelley (Actor)

Jane Austen's Emma 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

This is the Sea 1997 (Movie)

Hazel Stokes (Actor)

Band of Gold 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Longford (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Under the Skin 1998 (Movie)

("Alone Again (Naturally)") (Song Performer)
Production Management (1)

Her 2013 (Movie)

Associate Producer (Associate Director)
Producer (1)

Her 2013 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (1)

The Unloved 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Edie

Daughter
Born January 4, 2008 father, Harry Holm

Charlie Creed-Miles

Companion
Born c. 1972 appeared together in "The Last Yellow" (1999) reportedly separated in 2000

Esme Creed-Miles

Daughter
Born February 5, 2000 father, Charlie Creed-Miles

Harry Holm

Companion
Son of actor Sir Ian Holm met when Holm directed her in a video for the band "The Victims" engaged to be married May 2006

Hans Matheson

Companion
Had two-year relationship c. 1995-97

Peter Morton

Father
Divorced from Morton's mother c. 1979 allegedly abused his daughter remarried

Pamela Morton

Mother
Divorced from Morton's father c. 1979 remarried

EDUCATION

Dropped out of school at age 13

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Taylor Kitsch in sci-fi Western "John Carter"

2009

Co-starred with Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson in the drama "The Messenger"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female ("The Messenger")

2008

Featured in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut, "Synecdoche, New York"

2007

Played Mary Queen of Scots in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," the follow-up to "Elizabeth" (1998)

2007

Portrayed Myra Hindley, a notorious child murderer in the HBO original movie "Longford"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

2006

Cast as Sarah Carraclough in "Lassie," Charles Sturridge's film based on Eric Knight's classic 1938 novel

2004

Cast opposite Tim Robbins in futuristic love story "Code 46"

2004

Co-starred with Daniel Craig and Rhys Ifans in the thriller "Enduring Love"

2003

Played Sarah, an Irish immigrant in the film "In America"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress

2002

Starred in Lynn Ramsay's second feature as director "Morvern Callar"

2002

Starred opposite Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report"

2000

Portrayed a very pregnant Sara Hutchison Coleridge opposite Linus Roache's Samuel Taylor Coleridge in "Pandemonium"; directed by Julien Temple

1999

Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as a mute laundress in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown"

1999

Starred as a headstrong woman in 1950s Britain torn between her love for her cousin (Rupert Graves) and her duty to her common law husband (Lee Ross) in "Dreaming of Joseph Lees"

1999

Appeared as a heroin addict in "Jesus' Son"

1999

Played a hostage kidnapped by two inept thieves in "The Last Yellow," co-starring Mark Addy and Charlie Creed-Miles

1998

Co-starred as Sophia Western in the BBC/A&E miniseries "Tom Jones"

1997

Landed title role in BBC/A&E production of "Jane Eyre"

1997

Cast as Harriet Smith in the BBC/A&E adaptation of "Jane Austen's 'Emma'"

1997

Appeared in the Irish production "This Is the Sea" with Gabriel Byrne and Richard Harris

1997

Breakthrough screen role in "Under the Skin"

1995

Co-starred as a teenage prostitute in the miniseries "Band of Gold" (HBO)

1994

Breakthrough TV role on an episode of the British TV drama "Cracker"; played a young girl impregnated by the head of a religious cult

1994

Earned acclaim for her stage performance alongside Susan Lynch and Melissa Wilson in "Ashes and Sand"

1991

First professional job at age 14; presented "Go Wild" a wildlife program

1991

Acted in the serial "Soldier Soldier" as a sergeant's daughter

Raised in Nottingham; put into foster care beginning when she was three years old

Began career in an acting workshop in Nottingham

Bonus Trivia

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On filming "Sweet and Lowdown", Morton told the New York Post (Sept. 7, 1999): "I had been warned that some of the people had ego politics, but that wasn't the case. Woody [Allen] treated me exactly as he treated Sean Penn. So I wasn't nervous."Woody is not quiet. He's an artist. He gets excited. He's constructively critical, so it makes you work better."

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On playing Sophia in the TV version of "Tom Jones," Morton told Clive King in the London Times (Nov. 13, 1999): "Every actor should be offered the opportunity to be versatile. I think people suddenly saw a different side to me. I knew I could do it and the producers believed in me. Sometimes people dare not go with you because you're a bit unexpected. They know they're going to get something, but they're not sure what."

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