January 9, 2012
Brit of the Week
Samantha Morton (May 13, 1977) was born in Nottingham, England as one of three children in the Morton family. At age seven, Samantha was made a ward of the state and was shuffled in and out of foster homes for several years after. Under the influence of drugs, she threatened a bully and had to serve time in a juvenile facility. After a troubled childhood, Morton decided to make a change in her life. She focused her efforts on drama. She landed parts in several British series, but it was her role in 1999's "Sweet and Lowdown" which garnered her the attention of Hollywood (and an Oscar nomination). Since then she has had starring roles in "Minority Report", "In America" (her 2nd Oscar nom), "The Libertine", and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age". Up next: "John Carter of Mars" (with Mark Strong and Willem Dafoe) and "Banking on Mr. Toad" (with Ioan Gruffudd).