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Samantha Morton is an English actress and film director, perhaps best known for her roles in Sweet and Lowdown and Minority Report.
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including Under the Skin (1997). She is best known for roles in Sweet and Lowdown and Minority Report.
Morton gained a measure of recognition for her roles in three acclaimed BBC/A&E TV productions: she played Harriet Smith in Emma (1997), the title role in Jane Eyre (also 1997), and Sophia Western in an adaptation of Tom Jones (1998). Her feature film debut, in the low-budget drama Under the Skin (1997), earned her a Best Actress award from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
The pace of Morton?s career moved up several notches in 1999, when she made no fewer than five films. She first garnered praise for her starring role in Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999), also featuring Rupert Graves. Also in 1999, she turned in an impressive performance?and scored an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress?as the long-suffering mute companion of Sean Penn?s dissolute jazz guitarist in Sweet and Lowdown, written and directed by Woody Allen. Other films she completed in 1999 included Jesus? Son, the comedy caper The Last Yellow, and Pandemonium, in which she played the very-pregnant wife of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (played by Linus Roache).
After appearing in several small-budget films that never saw release in the United States, Morton began production on Steven Spielberg's $80 million sci-fi thriller Minority Report. In 2004, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in In America.
Morton gave birth on February 5, 2000, to her first child, a daughter named Esme. The father is actor Charlie Creed-Miles (1997?s The Fifth Element), Morton?s co-star in The Last Yellow. The couple lives in London.
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