Samantha Morton Biography

Birthday: 1977-05-13
Place of Birth: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Wiki Biography: Samantha Morton has established herself as one of the finest actors of her generation, winning Oscar nominations for her turns in Woody Allen's Sweet and Low Down" (1999) and Jim Sheridan's "In America" (2002). She has the talent to become one of the major performers in the cinema of this young century. Samantha Morton was born May 13, 1977 in Nottingham, England to parents who divorced when she was three years old. Peter and Pamela Morton took other spouses and made Samantha part of a mixed family of 13: She has eight brothers and sisters. She turned to play-acting early in her life, while she was a school-girl. At 13, she left regular school to train as an actress at the Central Junior Television Workshop, where she learned her craft for three years. It was at the end of her training then that she decided that a life as a professional actress was for her. She honed her skills in television roles, working her way up from series television to TV-movies and prestigious mini-series, such as Emma (1996) (TV) and Jane Eyre (1997) (TV). Her first major film role, Under the Skin (1997), won her the Best Actress Award from the Boston Film Critics Society. Woody Allen cast her as Hattie, the "dumb" (unspeaking) lover of Sean Penn's caddish jazz guitarist in Sweet and Lowdown (1999), a beautiful performance in a role that could have flummoxed a less-talented performer. Penn was Oscar-nominated for his performance, but it was Morton's Hattie that was central to the success of the film, Allen's last unqualified success. She provided the moral and narrative center of the film. It was quite a remarkable performance for a 21-year old as she had to do all her acting with her face, having been shorn of her voice. The role of Hattie won Morton a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. Ironically, Morton had never seen a Woody Allen movie before. (She grew up watching the TV and listening to the radio.) She agreed to do the film after reading the script (as she says, well-written roles for women are hard to find), and the movie made her a hot commodity in Hollywood after she won the Oscar nomination. (She lost out to the ultra-hyped Angelina Jolie.) Morton was offered many roles, but was very choosy as she was not in acting as a game with a payoff of stardom and money. She had consolidated her reputation by following the Allen film up with work in indie features that showed that she was not only talented, but quite courageous as a performer. She played a heroin addict in the underrated Jesus' Son (1999) and gave a brilliant performance in Morvern Callar (2002), the story of a Scottish supermarket clerk coping with her boyfriends suicide. Steven Spielberg cast her opposite superstar Tom Cruise as the clairvoyant in Minority Report (2002), in which she more than held her own opposite Cruise and the special effects. (She took the role as Cruise and Speilberg are favorites of hers). As good as she was, Morton was better served by Irish director Jim Sheridan, Sheridan cast her as a character modeled after his wife in an autobiographical picture more in line with persona and that made better use of her talents. Her performance as the young Irish mother coping with life in New York City in In America (2002) won her numerous critics' awards and another Oscar nod, this time as Best Actress. At this point, one feels that the odds of her winning the Oscar are even or better. Samantha Morton continues to deliver fine work in provocative films such as Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 (2003), though she is branching out towards the mainstream, taking a role in the remake of that perennial family favorite, Lassie (2005). IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood Mini Biography Born in Nottingham, England and trained at the Central Junior Television Workshop, Samantha's first television work came at the age of 13. Since then, she has played many minor TV roles in such dramas as "Cracker" (1993), "Peak Practice" (1993), "Boon" (1986), "Soldier Soldier" (1991) and "Medics" (1990), before reaching the big time with major roles in such TV movies and mini-series as "Band of Gold" (1995), Emma (1996) (TV), Jane Eyre (1997) (TV) and "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Band Of Gold 1995 Crime
Longford Myra Hindley 2006 -
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
This Is the Sea 1998 Drama, Romance
Under the Skin Iris Kelly 1998 Drama
Jesus' Son Michelle 1999
Dreaming of Joseph Lees Eva 1999 Romance, Drama
The Last Yellow Jackie 1999 Comedy
Pandaemonium 2001 Drama
Eden Sam 2001 Drama, Romance
Morvern Callar Morvern Callar 2002 Drama
Code 46 Maria Gonzales 2003 Sport, Game Show, 0, Biography
In America Sarah 2003 Drama, Romance
Enduring Love Claire 2004 Drama, Mystery, Romance
Longford Myra Hindley 2006 Comedy
River Queen 2006 Action, Adventure, Drama
Slipp Jimmy fri Sonia 2006 Animation, Comedy
Lassie Sarah Carraclough 2006 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Puffball 2007
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Mary Stuart 2007 0, 0
Control 2007 Drama, Music
Synecdoche, New York Hazel 2008
The Daisy Chain Martha Conroy 2008 Reality Tv
Mister Lonely Marilyn Monroe 2008 Comedy, Drama
Cosmopolis Vija Kinsky 2012
John Carter Sola 2012 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The Harvest Katherine 2013 Horror, Thriller
Decoding Annie Parker Anne Parker 2014
Miss Julie Kristin 2014 Drama
The Messenger Olivia Pitterson 2015 Game Show, 0
Magik Lucia 2015 Fantasy