Samantha Morton

Samantha Morton

Highest Rated: 100% Longford (2007)

Lowest Rated: 0% Puffball (2008)

Birthday: May 13, 1977

Birthplace: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK

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 possessed of 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.Morton continued to take on challenging assignments such as the futuristic Code 46 opposite Tim Robbins and directed by British helmer Michael Winterbottom, and appearing opposite Johnny Depp in the little-seen The Libertine, and the period drama River Queen. Although Lassie may seem like a unusual film for Morton to appear in, she has a history of working in family friendly fare having provided the voice for Ruby in the Max and Ruby animated television series based on the popular children's books by Rosemary Wells.In 2007 she appeared as Mary Stuart in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and appeared in the Ian Curtis biopic Control. She had a leading part as a suspected murderer in the superb Longford. She played one of the women in the life of the troubled writer at the center of Synecdoche, New York, and she was a war widow in Oren Moverman's The Messenger. In 2012 she provided one of the voices for the aliens in the big-budget flop John Carter, but also worked with David Cronenberg on his Cosmopolis.


Highest Rated Movies



74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Mary Lou $234.1M 2016
72% The Harvest Katherine 2015
No Score Yet Cider with Rosie Actor 2015
51% Miss Julie Kathleen 2014
56% Decoding Annie Parker Annie Parker $40.4K 2014
65% Cosmopolis Vija Kinski $0.7M 2012
52% John Carter Sola $73.1M 2012
90% The Messenger Olivia Pitterson $1.1M 2009
94% The Unloved Screenwriter Director 2009
68% Synecdoche, New York Hazel $3.1M 2008
59% Expired Claire Barney 2008
0% Puffball Actor 2008
34% Elizabeth: The Golden Age Mary Stuart $16.3M 2007
47% Mister Lonely Marilyn Monroe 2007
88% Control Deborah Curtis $1M 2007
No Score Yet The Daisy Chain Martha 2007
100% Longford Myra Hindley 2007
93% Lassie Sarah Carraclough $0.6M 2006
10% Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri) Sonia (English language version) 2006
33% The Libertine Elizabeth Barry $4.8M 2006
No Score Yet Max and Ruby - Afternoons with Max and Ruby Actor 2006
40% Honra e Liberdade Sarah O'Brien 2005
59% Enduring Love Claire $0.4M 2004
50% Code 46 Maria 2004
89% In America Sarah Sullivan $15.4M 2003
No Score Yet Ruby (Blood Ruby) Actor 2002
84% Morvern Callar Morvern Callar 2002
90% Minority Report Agatha $132.1M 2002
58% Pandaemonium Sara Coleridge 2001
No Score Yet The Last Yellow Jackie 1999
77% Sweet and Lowdown Hattie 1999
36% Dreaming of Joseph Lees Eva 1999
81% Jesus' Son Michelle 1999
88% Under the Skin Iris 1998
No Score Yet Jane Eyre Jane Eyre 1997
No Score Yet Henry Fielding's Tom Jones Actor 1997
No Score Yet This is the Sea Hazel Stokes 1997
88% Jane Austen's Emma Harriet Smith 1996


81% The Walking Dead
Alpha 2020
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
Guest 2020
97% Harlots
Margaret Wells 2019
83% Rillington Place
Ethel Christie 2017
88% The Last Panthers
Naomi 2016
No Score Yet Max & Ruby
Voice 2009
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Harriet Smith 1997


Annie Parker says: No Breast, No Hair. They all want you but they can't have you.

Agatha says: You can choose.

Hazel says: The end is built into the beginning.

John Wilmot Second Earl of Rochester says: Ask yourself what you want from the theatre.

Elizabeth Berry says: I want the passionate love of my audience. I want when I make a sweep of my arm to carry their hearts away and for when I die for them to sigh for never seeing me again, until the next afternoon.

John Wilmot Second Earl of Rochester says: There is your answer - I want to be one with that multitude, I wish to be moved. I cannot feel in life. I must have others do it for me here in the theatre.

Agatha says: Can you see?

Sir Amyas Paulet says: The Queen orders these measures for your protection.

Mary Stuart says: The Queen? I am a Queen.

Ian Brady says: How could you not love a girl like that?

Myra Hindley says: Evil can be a spiritual experience too.

Agatha says: (To passing woman) He knows. Don't go home.

Agatha says: [to passing woman] He knows. Don't go home.

Tars Tarkas says: Sola, are you mad?

Sola says: No. The blood of my father drives me.

Vija Kinski says: Destroy the past, make the future.

Vija Kinski says: The future becomes insistent.

Vija Kinski says: This is a protest against the future. They want to hold off the future.

Sola says: Woola will follow you anywhere

Sola says: Woola will follow you anywhere.

Sola says: Dotar Sojat!