Samantha Morton portrayed Alpha in The Walking Dead and ranks with the top villains the series had ever seen. Her skin-wearing group, the Whisperers, was a foe that comic fans couldn’t wait to see introduced to the series. Morton has had a diverse list of roles throughout her career, which has led to her receiving the honor of Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Award (BIFA).
Variety reports that on December 4, Morton will be recognized for all she has contributed to British Film by being given The Richard Harris Award. This award is bestowed on those who have made significant contributions to British Film. Previous award winners include Riz Ahmed, Kristin Scott Thomas, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, and Glenda Jackson.
Morton’s career began when she was 13 at Nottingham’s Central Junior Television Workshop. She would star in Emma (1996) and Jane Eyre (1997). Her first BIFA nomination came for her performance in Under the Skin (1998). This performance caught the eye of Woody Allen, who would then cast her in Sweet and Lowdown. She received Academy Award and Golden Globe Best Actress nominations for this role. Throughout her career, Morton has been nominated for eight BIFAs.
Recently Morton starred in Lionsgate+The Serpent Queen, which has been renewed for a second season, and She Said, which is a dramatization of the New York Times expose of Harvey Weinstein.
Morton is set to lead, alongside Ruby Stokes, in the new series The Burning Girls that will air on Paramount+. This thriller sees Morton and Stokes as Reverand Jack Brooks and her daughter Flo who move to Chapel Croft for a fresh start. But a dark history is revealed with ancient superstitions that cause mistrust of outsiders.
Congrats to Samantha Morton for her Richard Harris Award.
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