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SAMANTHA MORTON (Hazel) has received numerous awards for her work, including a Golden Globe and two Academy Award® nominations.

Growing up in Nottingham, England, she joined Central Television's Junior Workshop at age 13, where she was quickly spotted and cast in early television roles, including Cracker and Peak Practice. Acclaimed theatre work included two award-winning plays at London's Royal Court Theatre: Ashes and Sand and Stargazy Pie and Sauerkraut. At 17, Morton was cast as Tracy in the award-winning television drama Band of Gold. The television films Emma and Tom Jones quickly followed and led to her playing the title role in Robert Young's acclaimed telefilm 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. In 1999, Woody Allen cast her as the mute Hattie in SWEET AND LOWDOWN, for which she received both Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Notable roles in Alison Maclean's JESUS' SON, Julien Temple's PANDEMONIUM, Eric Style's DREAMING OF JOSEPH LEES and Amos Gitais' EDEN followed. In 2002, Morton starred as the title role in Lynne Ramsay's critically acclaimed MORVERN CALLAR. She then went on to appear opposite Tom Cruise as the pre-cog Agatha in Steven Spielberg's MINORITY REPORT, Maria Gonzales in Michael Winterbottom's CODE 46, Sarah in Jim Sheridan's IN AMERICA (for which she received her second Oscar® nomination for Best Actress) and Claire in Roger Michell's ENDURING LOVE (for which she received a British Independent Film Award Best Actress nomination). Films in 2005 and 2006 included the New Zealand epic RIVER QUEEN, THE LIBERTINE, opposite Johnny Depp, and LASSIE. She also received a half-lifetime achievement award from Dennis Hopper's Cinevegas Film Festival.

In 2007, Morton was seen in CONTROL, playing Deborah Curtis in Anton Corbijn's film about the life of the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, and as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator in Harmony Korine's MISTER LONELY. In addition, Morton played the part of Myra Hindley, opposite Jim Broadbent, in the NBC/Channel 4 film Longford (which aired in the States on HBO). Her performance earned her a BAFTA and an Emmy nomination.

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