Samantha Jane Morton (born 13 May 1977) is an English actress and film director. She has won a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. She is also a two-time Academy Award nominee.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 film debut was in 1997 in This Is the Sea. In 1999, she played Hattie in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She 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 in the 2003 film In America. For her role as Myra Hindley in 2006's Longford she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress (television).