Samantha Jane Morton (born 13 May 1977) is an English actress and film director. Throughout her career, she has won a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Television Award and has been nominated for twice for the Academy Award and once for an Emmy.Morton began her acting career with guest roles in television shows such as Soldier Soldier and Cracker, before appearing from 1995 to 1996 in the ITV drama Band of Gold. Her profile raised significantly when she appeared in the period dramas and coming-of-age features Emma, Jane Eyre and The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. The well-received Under the Skin (1997) made director Woody Allen cast Morton in the musical Sweet and Lowdown (1999), and earned her a Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She then went on to play critically praised roles in smaller and independent projects such as Morvern Callar (2002) and In America (2003), for which Morton received a second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress, for her performance as the young Irish mother, Sarah, coping with life in New York City. At the time, she found commercial success with 2002's science fiction thriller Minority Report, opposite Tom Cruise. For her role as Myra Hindley in 2006's Longford, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress (television) at the 65th Golden Globe Awards.