Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer (born 1 December 1971) is an English actress and screenwriter. She began acting in stage productions, and has since appeared in several film and television roles. In 2003, she won an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in . She is also known for playing roles in Lovely and Amazing (2007), Lars and the Real Girl (2009), Harry Brown (2010), and Shutter Island (2011). Hugo
Early life and education [ edit ]
Mortimer was born in
Hammersmith, London, England, to Sir John Mortimer, QC (a lawyer and writer who created the TV series ), and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop). Rumpole of the Bailey She has a younger sister, Rosie; two older half-siblings, Sally Silverman and [3 ] Jeremy, by her father's first marriage, to author Penelope Fletcher; and a half-brother, Ross Bentley, by her father's extramarital relationship with actress Wendy Craig. [4 ]
Mortimer studied at
St Paul's Girls' School in west London, where she appeared in several pupil productions. She then went on to [5 ] Oxford University, where she read Russian at Lincoln College and performed in several plays. Before becoming an actress, Mortimer wrote a column for the , and was screenwriter for an adaptation of Daily Telegraph Lorna Sage's memoir, . Bad Blood
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Mortimer performed in several plays while studying at
Oxford University, and while acting in a student production she was spotted by a producer who later cast her in the lead in a television adaptation of Dame Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin (1995). Subsequent television roles included [6 ] and Sharpe's Sword . She followed this with the 1996 television film, Coming Home Lord of Misrule, directed by Guy Jenkin and filmed in Fowey, Cornwall.
Her first feature film role was opposite
Val Kilmer in , also in 1996. She appeared in the Irish The Ghost and the Darkness coming-of-age story , also released in 1996. The Last of the High Kings
Mortimer at a film premiere in September 2007
In 1998 she appeared as
Kat Ashley in , and played Miss Flynn in the TV mini-series Elizabeth , which was adapted for television by her father. In 1999, she played three roles that raised her profile outside the UK: She was the "Perfect Girl" dropped by Cider with Rosie Hugh Grant in ; Notting Hill Esther in the US TV mini-series Noah's Ark; and Angelina, the star of the film-within-a-film in . Scream 3
In 2000, Mortimer was cast as Katherine in
Kenneth Branagh's musical adaptation of , where she met actor and future husband Love's Labour's Lost Alessandro Nivola. She took on her biggest role in an American film to date, playing opposite Bruce Willis in . In 2002, she had a major role in Disney's The Kid (also known as The 51st State Formula 51), starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle. [6 ]
In 2003, Mortimer appeared in
Stephen Fry's film . In 2004, Mortimer played the female lead in the film Bright Young Things . In 2005, she played a major role as the oblivious spouse of Dear Frankie Jonathan Rhys Meyers's adulterer in Woody Allen's , as well as voiced young Sophie in the English- Match Point dubbed version of . In 2007 she played a supporting role in Howl's Moving Castle as the supportive sister-in-law of Lars and the Real Girl Ryan Gosling's title character. She appeared in The Pink Panther in 2006 and in its 2009 sequel. In the last three episodes of the first season of , she played 30 Rock Phoebe, the mysterious love interest of Alec Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy.
Mortimer played an aspiring actress opposite
Andy García in (2009) and as Rachel Solando in City Island Martin Scorsese's 2010 film . She played Shutter Island Leonie Gilmour in , released in the autumn of 2010. In 2011, she had a role in Leonie as Liz, the sister of Our Idiot Brother Paul Rudd's character. In 2011, she also started work with the acclaimed screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin as Mackenzie McHale in HBO's . In January 2013 it was announced that Mortimer would be co-creating and starring in the comedy series The Newsroom Doll & Em for [7 ] Sky Living, along with her longtime friend, actress and comedian Dolly Wells. [8 ] [9 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
In 2000, Mortimer met American actor
Alessandro Nivola, while both were starring in . The couple married in the Love's Labour's Lost Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, on 3 January 2003. A Mexican punk band performed at their wedding. They have two children. Mortimer holds dual citizenship for both the U.S. and the U.K. [10 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
Video games [ edit ]
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ A Voyage Round John Mortimer, Penguin Books, 2008, Valerie Grove
^ Profile, familysearch.org; accessed 13 January 2016.
^ Rumpole creator Sir John Mortimer dies, aged 85" Daily Mail, 16 January 2009] says her maiden name is Gallop. In this , the maiden name of the second wife is Gollop. The Guardian obituary for the first wife Daily Mail article mentions that Sir John Mortimer had two children by his first marriage, which ended in 1972 (1971 per his Wikipedia article), and two by his second marriage.
^ Walker, Tim; Eden, Richard (13 September 2004). "Mortimer's joy at son with Wendy Craig". Daily Telegraph (UK) . Retrieved . 23 May 2009
^ , September 2005, p. 212 GQ
^ a b Woman on the verge, Guardian.co.uk; retrieved 14 April 2012.
^ "Doll & Em". Sky Living.
^ Kemp, Stuart (23 January 2013). "Emily Mortimer to Write and Star in 'Doll & Em' for Sky Living". . The Hollywood Reporter
^ Sarah Jane Griffiths (18 February 2014). "Doll and Em: Friendship, family and film stars". BBC News . Retrieved . 18 February 2014
^ Boyle, Louise (24 June 2012). "Actress Emily Mortimer, star of The Newsroom, says Americans are 'dangerously uninformed. Dailymail.co.uk '" . Retrieved . 23 March 2014
^ "Blue Heelers" Skin Deep (TV Episode 1994) - IMDb
^ Avalanche Software. . Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. Disney Infinity 3.0
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