Samantha 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 and the diverse and often difficult choices of role she has made are reflected in the list of accolades including her Golden Globe for the role of Myra Hindley in Longford.At thirteen Morton joined Central Television’s Junior Workshop where she was quickly spotted and cast in early TV roles including Cracker and Peak Practice. Acclaimed theatre work followed with two award winning plays at London’s Royal Court Theatre and then a part in the award-winning TV drama Band of Gold. TV films Emma and Tom Jones led to her playing the title role in Robert Young’s acclaimed TV film Jane Eyre. Morton first came to the attention of International film audiences as Iris in Carine Adler’s harrowing Under The Skin. It was a role that earned her unanimous critical acclaim and the Boston Film Critics Award for Best Actress. Other critically acclaimed roles include the mute Hattie in Woody Allen’s Sweet And Lowdown for which she received both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actress; Sarah in Jim Sheridan’s In America for which she received her second Academy nomination for Best Actress; Claire in Roger Michell’s Enduring Love for which she received a British Independent Film Award Best Actress nomination and Deborah Curtis in Anton Corbijn’s multi award-winning film Control, earning a BAFTA nomination. She has also received a half–Lifetime achievement Award from Dennis Hopper’s ‘Cinevegas Film Festival’Notable film credits include Alison Maclean’s Jesus’ Son, Julien Temple’s Pandemonium, Eric Styles Dreaming Of Joseph Lees, Amos Gitai’s Eden, Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46, River Queen, The Libertine, Lassie, Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely, Charlie Kaufman’s Synedoche, The Daisy Chain, Expired and The Golden Age. Samantha is currently filming her directorial debut in a film she has written called The Unloved which will transmit on Channel 4 in May.
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