Samantha Morton is a Actor, Director and Writer British born on 13 may 1977 at Nottingham (United-kingdom)
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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".