Samantha Jane Morton (born 13 May 1977) is an English actress and film director. She began her performing career with guest roles in television shows such as Soldier Soldier, Cracker and Boon. She played Hattie in Sweet and Lowdown (1999), for which she received attention from Hollywood, critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.Morton subsequently starred in Minority Report (2002) and Morvern Callar (also 2002). She received her second Academy Award nomination for her performance as the young Irish mother, Sarah, coping with life in New York City in In America (2003). Morton starred in Enduring Love (2004) and The Libertine and Lassie (2005). She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Film for her role as Myra Hindley in Longford (2006). She appeared in the biographical films Control, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Mister Lonely (all 2007). She then starred in Synecdoche, New York (2008). Morton appeared in the critically acclaimed The Messenger (2009). She made her directorial debut in the British television film The Unloved (2009).