Birth Date: May 13, 1977
Birth Place: Nottingham, England, UK
Height: 5' 3"
Quote: "I have a love/hate relationship with what I do. I think 'Where's the relevance of this? I'm not a doctor, I'm not an aid worker.' But then I think you only have one life and I am a vessel for stories to be told."
With only a handful of film credits to her name, British actress Samantha Morton earned a reputation as one of the most critically lauded up-and-comers of the late '90s. Small-boned and almost elfin features, Morton, who was born in Nottingham in 1977, began acting on television at the age of 13. She appeared in a number of series, including the popular crime drama Cracker and such costume extravaganzas as Jane Eyre and Emma.
Morton became known to an international film audience in 1997, when she won wide acclaim for her wrenching, fearless portrayal of a young woman driven to promiscuous behavior by the death of her mother in Carine Adler's Under the Skin. The following year, she did starring work in The Last Yellow and Dreaming of Joseph Lees, playing the girlfriend of a small-time crook in the former and a dissatisfied young woman harboring romantic feelings for her long-absent second cousin (Rupert Graves) in the latter.
In 1999, Morton's name became an increasingly familiar one to American filmgoers, thanks to starring roles in two very different films. The first, Jesus' Son, cast the actress as a heroin addict, while the second, Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, featured her as a shy, mute woman who gets used and abused by a legendary jazz guitarist (Sean Penn) whose musical talent runs in inverse proportion to his qualities as a human being. Heralded for both films, Morton scored a surprise Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for the latter. Not resting on the laurel, the actress immediately set to work with a pair of venerable cineastes, directors Julien Temple (in Pandemonium) and Amos Gitai (in his first English-language production, Eden).
Director Steven Spielberg soon followed Allen's lead, casting Morton in a small but pivotal role as a shivering, near-mute, clairvoyant "Precog" in his Blade Runner-esque mystery Minority Report, which premiered in the summer of 2002. Though the film would introduce Morton to her largest audience yet, it was a pair of independent features released in late 2002 and 2003 that would garner her even more significant critical attention. Teaming with the maverick Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, the actress would essay the enigmatic, directionless title character in Morvern Callar, a dreamy, elliptical adaptation of Alan Warner's cult novel. About a year later, Morton would see the release of In America, Jim Sheridan's acclaimed slice-of-life tale of an Irish family immigrating to New York City's Hell's Kitchen, for which she would receive her second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress.
Next, Morton will appear in Enduring Love also starring Daniel Craig and Rhys Ifans.
Samantha Morton Filmography
Synecdoche, New York (2007)
The Golden Age (2007) .... Mary - Queen of Scots
Control (2007) .... Deborah Curtis
Mister Lonely (2006) .... Marilyn Monroe
Expired (2007) .... Claire
Longford (2006) (TV) .... Myra Hindley
Free Jimmy (2006) .... Sonia (voice)
Lassie (2005) .... Sarah Carraclough
River Queen (2005) .... Sarah O'Brien
The Libertine (2004) .... Elizabeth Barry
Enduring Love (2004) .... Claire
Code 46 (2003) .... Maria Gonzales
"Max and Ruby" (2002) TV Series .... Ruby (voice)
In America (2002) .... Sarah
Minority Report (2002) .... Agatha
Morvern Callar (2002) .... Morvern Callar
Eden (2001) .... Sam
Pandaemonium (2000) .... Sara Coleridge
The Last Yellow (1999) .... Jackie
Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999) .... Eva
Jesus' Son (1999) .... Michelle
Sweet and Lowdown (1999) .... Hattie
"The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997) (TV Mini Series) .... Sophia Western
This Is the Sea (1997) .... Hazel Stokes
Under the Skin (1997) .... Iris Kelly
Jane Eyre (1997) (TV) .... Jane Eyre
Emma (1996) (TV) .... Harriet Smith
The Future Lasts a Long Time (1996) .... May
"Band of Gold" (1995) (TV Mini Series) .... Tracy Richards
"Cracker" .... Joanne Barnes (1 episode: "The Big Crunch" 1994)
"Peak Practice" .... Abbey, aka Pauline Jones (1 episode: "Abbey" 1994)
The Token King (1993) (TV) .... Vicky
"Boon" .... Mandy (1 episode: "Cab Rank Cowboys" 1991)
"Soldier Soldier" .... Clare Anderson (3 episodes, 1991)
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