Samantha Jane Morton (born 13 May 1977) is an English actress. She has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades throughout her career, including one BAFTA TV Award, one Golden Globe Award and has been nominated twice for an Academy Award and once for an Emmy Award.
Morton began her acting career with guest roles in television shows such as Soldier Soldier and Cracker, before appearing from 1995 to 1996 in the ITV drama Band of Gold. She then starred in the period dramas and coming-of-age features Emma, Jane Eyre and The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. The well-received Under the Skin (1997) made director Woody Allen cast Morton in Sweet and Lowdown (1999), which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She then went on to play critically praised roles in smaller and independent projects such as Morvern Callar (2002) and In America (2003). For the latter, she received a second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress, for her performance as the young Irish mother, Sarah, coping with life in New York City. At this time, she also found commercial success with 2002's science fiction thriller Minority Report, opposite Tom Cruise. For her role as Myra Hindley in 2006's Longford, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (television) .
In 2007, Morton appeared in the biographical films Control (as Deborah Curtis), and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (as Mary, Queen of Scots). The same year, she also played a Marilyn Monroe impersonator in Mister Lonely. She went on to star in Synecdoche, New York (2008) and The Messenger (2009). She made her directorial debut with the 2009 British television film The Unloved, for which she won a BAFTA Television Award for Best Single Drama. After a three-year withdrawal from film, she appeared in John Carter (2012), Cosmopolis (2012), Decoding Annie Parker (2013), and the 2014 period film Miss Julie, directed by Liv Ullmann.
From 1999 to 2000, Morton dated actor Charlie Creed-Miles, with whom she worked on the film The Last Yellow released the year they started dating. Their daughter Esme was born in London on 5 February, 2000. After her relationship with Creed-Miles ended, she began dating South band member Brett Shaw in 2002 until 2005. The same year, she worked with filmmaker Harry Holm (the son of actor Ian Holm) when Holm directed her in a video for the band The Vitamins; shortly thereafter they began dating. Their daughter Edie was born on 4 January 2008, in London. Their second child was born in 2012. The family lives in the Spitalfields area of London.
In early 2008, she revealed that she had been 'close to death' after suffering a debilitating stroke due to being hit by a piece of 17th-century plaster that fell on her head (damaging her vertebral artery) in 2006. She was in hospital for three weeks after the incident. She withdrew from public spotlight and took a 18-month hiatus from film acting in order to learn to walk again. In 2011, Morton wrote an open letter hoping her stepfather would get back in touch with her after being estranged for several years. She remarked in the note: "I keep thinking that I should not be writing to you, as you may not want to hear from me. I'm imagining everything is well and that you are angry and don't want to speak with me and that's why you haven't tried to contact me in all these years". Morton also stated that she would hire a private detective to track him down. However, it was revealed shortly afterwards that her stepfather had died of prostate cancer four years prior to the letter.
On 20 July 2011, Morton received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from Nottingham Trent University "in recognition of her internationally successful acting career".
Lewis Clark (Benedict Cumberbatch) is an author who stumbles upon a world of magic after his two young children go missing. He starts a quest to try to stop the evil that threatens to destroy both his worlds of reality and magic.
, 1h44 Directed byJohn McNaughton OriginUSA GenresDrama, Thriller, Horror ActorsMichael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Charlie Tahan, Peter Fonda, Natasha Calis Roles Katherine Rating60% Reeling from the loss of her mother and father, the teenage Maryann (Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents and is grateful when she manages to befriend Andy (Charlie Tahan), a wheelchair bound boy. As Andy is very sick he must stay within his home per the instructions of his mother, Katherine (Samantha Morton), who also forbids him from having any visitors. When their visits are discovered, Andy's father, Richard (Michael Shannon), is initially fine with the visits but Katherine is having none of it and her behavior grows increasingly erratic.
, 1h31 Directed bySteven Bernstein OriginUSA GenresDrama ActorsHelen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Richard Schiff, Rashida Jones, Bradley Whitford Roles Annie Parker Rating61% 11-year-old Annie Parker is living the perfect young life, loved by all, and especially by her mother, father, and older sister. But none of them knows that something horrible is stalking their perfect family. On a fall afternoon in 1976, young Annie hears a noise from upstairs. Her mother has collapsed and died, and an agonizing downward spiral begins.
, 1h48 Directed byDavid Cronenberg OriginFrance GenresDrama, Science fiction, Thriller ThemesFilms set in the future ActorsRobert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric Roles Vija Kinsky Rating51% Twenty-eight-year-old billionaire currency speculator/asset manager Eric Packer rides slowly across Manhattan amid traffic jams, in his state-of-the-art luxury stretch limousine office, to his preferred barber. Various visitors discuss the meaning of life and inconsequential trivia. The traffic jams are caused by a visit of the President of the United States and the funeral of Eric's favorite musician, a rap artist whose music he plays in one of his two private elevators. Despite devastating currency speculation losses over the course of the day, Packer fantasizes about buying the Rothko Chapel.
, 1h45 Directed byOren Moverman OriginUSA GenresDrama, War, Romantic comedy, Historical, Romance ThemesPolitical films ActorsBen Foster, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Yaya DaCosta Roles Olivia Pitterson Rating70% Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a lone rebellious U.S. Army staff sergeant and declared war hero, has returned home from Iraq, and since he served enough war time, he is assigned as a casualty notification officer. Montgomery is partnered with a strict recovering alcoholic, Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton), now a single mother, to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.
, 1h52 Directed byHarmony Korine GenresDrama, Comedy, Comedy-drama ActorsDiego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant, Werner Herzog, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg Roles Marilyn Monroe Rating64% A young man living in Paris scratches out a living as a Michael Jackson look-alike, dancing on the streets, public parks, tourist spots and trade shows. During a show in an old people's home, he meets Marilyn Monroe. Haunted by her angelic beauty, he follows her to a commune in the Scottish Highlands, joining her husband Charlie Chaplin, and her daughter Shirley Temple. Here, the Pope, the Queen, Madonna, James Dean, and other impersonators build a stage in the hope that the world will visit and watch them perform.
, 2h1 Directed byAnton Corbijn OriginUnited-kingdom GenresDrama, Biography ThemesFilms about music and musicians, Films about suicide, Musical films ActorsSam Riley, Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell, Alexandra Maria Lara Claudia Paolina, Joe Anderson, Craig Parkinson Roles Debbie Curtis Rating75% Ian Curtis (Sam Riley) and Debbie Woodruff (Samantha Morton) marry in 1975 in their home town of Macclesfield at ages 19 and 18, respectively. Ian retreats from domestic life, preferring to write poetry in solitude. On June 4, 1976 they attend a Sex Pistols concert with Bernard Sumner (James Anthony Pearson), Peter Hook (Joe Anderson), and Terry Mason (Andrew Sheridan), who are starting a band. Mesmerized by the concert, Ian volunteers to be their singer. They name themselves Warsaw, and Terry moves into a managerial role with the addition of drummer Stephen Morris (Harry Treadaway). The band debuts 19 May 1977 and soon rename themselves Joy Division. Ian and Debbie finance their first EP, An Ideal for Living (1978).
, 1h54 Directed byShekhar Kapur OriginUnited-kingdom GenresDrama, Biography, Historical, Romance ThemesPolitique, Political films, Films about royalty ActorsCate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Rhys Ifans, Jordi Mollá, Abbie Cornish Roles Mary, Queen of Scots Rating67% In 1585, Catholic Spain ruled by King Philip II of Spain (Jordi Molla) is the most powerful country in the world. Seeing Protestant England as a threat, and in retaliation for English piracy of Spanish ships, Philip declares war. He plans to take over England, and make his daughter Isabella the Queen of England in Elizabeth's place. Meanwhile, Elizabeth I of England (Cate Blanchett) is being pressured to marry by her advisor, Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush). She is ageing and, with no child, the throne will pass to her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots (Samantha Morton). The Queen is presented with portraits of appropriate suitors, but Elizabeth refuses to marry, particularly to the Charles II, Archduke of Austria (Christian Brassington), who has become infatuated with the Queen. English explorer Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) is presented at Elizabeth's court, having returned from the New World, and offers her potatoes, tobacco, two Native Americans, and gold from a Spanish ship that he claims was "unable to continue its journey". Elizabeth commands that the Native Americans be treated well, and refuses to accept the gold.