Samantha Morton has been recognized for her contribution to British film by receiving the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Award (BIFA).
She will receive the award next month on December 4.
Morton starred in such films as ‘Emma’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Under the Skin’ and ‘Jesus’ Son’ and appeared alongside Tom Cruise in Stephen Spielberg’s blockbuster ‘Minority Report’.
Morton has been nominated for an Oscar twice—for her roles in Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown” and Jim Sheridan’s “In America”—and has been nominated for eight BIFAs. She won two BIFAs for Best Actress for her roles in ‘Dreaming of Joseph Lees’, in which she played a woman involved in a scandalous love triangle in the 1950s, and ‘Pandaemonium’, in which she played the wife of poet Samuel. Coleridge.
She has also won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of serial killer Myra Hindley in Tom Hooper’s “Longford,” a role that also earned her BAFTA and Emmy nominations.
Morton has also worked behind the camera, most notably on her autobiographical directorial debut ‘The Unloved’, in which she detailed her own experiences of the British healthcare system. Her experiences have also made her a tireless campaigner for reform and the provision of resources to UK child protection services. Morton won a BAFTA and a BIFA nomination for best directorial debut with “The Unloved”.
The actor currently stars in Maria Schrader’s “She Said” (pictured above), the New York Times dramatization of Harvey Weinstein’s revelation, as well as the Lionsgate+ series “The Serpent Queen.” She will next be seen in the drama ‘The Burning Girls’.
“I am thrilled that the British Independent Film Awards have selected me to receive this year’s Richard Harris award,” said Morton. “This means the world to me. Independent cinema is my real home, the reason for my art, and Richard Harris was my first teacher. It is a great privilege to be part of such an esteemed group of former award winners, all champions of the British screen, and to continue to shine a light on the immense wealth and diversity of talented filmmakers and artists who we have on these islands. ”
Harris’ children Damian, Jared and Jamie Harris said: “Samantha Morton seemed to arrive like a meteor, her performances in ‘Under the Skin’, ‘Sweet and Lowdown’, ‘Jesus’ Son’ and ‘Morvern Callar’ not only had a impact on British cinema. After working with Samantha on ‘This Is the Sea’, Richard was as impressed with her work as I had never seen it before. He said to me, ‘If you ever get the chance to team up with her, grab it. She’s the real effing deal.’”
Previous winners of the Richard Harris Award include Riz Ahmed, Kristin Scott Thomas, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter and Chiwetel Ejiofor.