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Born: Samantha Morton
May 13, 1977
Nottingham, England, UK
Parents: Pamela and Peter Morton, divorced when Samantha was three.
Stepmother: Jane Morton
Daughter: Esme Creed-Miles, born February 5, 2000
Beau: Charlie Creed-Miles (co star in The Last Yellow), father of
Education: Central Junior Television Workshop, Nottingham, England
|Samantha Morton grew up
poor, in public housing in Nottingham, in the north of England, with
eight brothers and sisters, and was shuffled in and out of foster
homes from the age of three, when her parents divorced. She rarely
saw her mother again. She recalls her father, when not in prison or
drunk, would be abusive both verbally and physically. Her stepmother
was a prostitute selling herself in the backs of cars. From the age
of seven, Samantha missed many months of school because she was looking
after her younger stepbrother and stepsister.
Morton left school and home at the age
of 13 to do TV work. After a series of minor roles she started obtaining
larger roles in TV movies and mini-series like Tom Jones, Emma,
and 1997's Under the Skin, for which she won a Best Actress
award from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in Woody Allen's 1999 mock-biography,
Sweet and Lowdown, in which she plays a mute woman who's the
love interest of a jazz musician played by Sean Penn.
"I don't tend to think too much about what
I'm doing, if my emotional truth is there."
"No matter what happens to you in your life, no matter what your
circumstances are now or whenever, your soul fundamentally stays
the same. I believe you make who you are before you get here, basically."
"I don't analyse people at all, I hate all that. People
are people, and you either get on with them or you don't."