Morton, Samantha: Profile

SAMANTHA MORTON plays the role of Claire in “Expired,” which world-premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Fest.

Morton has been hailed as one of the foremost actresses of her generation. Her career to date has seen her work with some of the most respected directors in the world, including Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen. The diverse and often difficult choices of role she has made are reflected in the list of accolades including a Golden Globe and two Oscar nominations.

Morton grew up in Nottingham, England. At 13, she joined Central Televisions Junior Workshop, where she was quickly spotted and cast in early TV roles including Cracker and Peak Practice. Acclaimed theater work included two award-winning plays at Londons Royal Court Theatre, Ashes and Sand and Stargazy Pie and Sauerkraut.

At age 17, Morton was cast as Tracy in Band of Gold. TV films Emma and Tom Jones quickly followed and led to her playing the title role in Robert Youngs acclaimed TV drama Jane Eyre.

Morton first came to the attention of international film audiences as Iris in Carine Adlers harrowing Under The Skin. It was a role that earned her unanimous critical acclaim and the Boston Film Critics Award for Best Actress.

In 1999, Woody Allen cast her as the mute Hattie in SWEET AND LOWDOWN, for which she received both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Notable roles in Alison Macleans JESUS SON, Julien Temples PANDEMONIUM, Eric Styles DREAMING OF JOSEPH LEES and Amos Gitais EDEN followed.

In 2002, Morton starred as the title role in Lynne Ramsays critically acclaimed MORVERN CALLAR. She went on to appear opposite Tom Cruise as the precog Agatha in Spielbergs MINORITY REPORT. More recently, the actress has starred in Michael Winterbottoms CODE 46, Jim Sheridans IN AMERICA (for which she received her second Oscar nomination for Best Actress) and Roger Michells ENDURING LOVE, for which she received a British Independent Film Award Best Actress nomination.

In 2005, Morton completed filming in New Zealand on the epic RIVER QUEEN, in which she starred as Sarah opposite Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Rhea. In the autumn of 2005, she appeared in cinemas alongside Johnny Depp and John Malkovich as the actress Elizabeth Barry in Laurence Dunsmores critically acclaimed THE LIBERTINE and with Peter OToole in Charles Sturridges remake of the classic LASSIE. She also received a halfLifetime Achievement Award from Dennis Hoppers Cinevegas Film Festival.
During 2006, Morton made several films, including CONTROL, playing Deborah Curtis in Anton Corbijns film about the life of the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis; Mary Queen of Scots alongside Cate Blanchett in Shekhar Kapurs sequel to ELIZABETH, THE GOLDEN AGE; and Marilyn Monroe in Harmony Korines MISTER LONELY.

Earlier this year, Morton was seen playing the part of Myra Hindley in the Channel 4 film LORD LONGFORD opposite Jim Broadbent. She will start filming Charlie Kaufmans SYNECDOCHE opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Michelle Williams later this spring.

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