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Samantha Morton to be honoured with BAFTA Fellowship

7 February 2024
Event: EE BAFTA Film AwardsDate: Sunday 18 February 2024 Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd., London, U.K. Host: David Tennant-Area: Fellowship©Sarah Dunn
  • Samantha Morton to be presented the BAFTA Fellowship – the arts charity’s highest honour 
  • The Fellowship will be presented at the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards on 18 February, broadcast at 19.00 on BBC One and iPlayer   

7 February 2024, London: Award-winning British actor, writer and director Samantha Morton will be awarded the BAFTA Fellowship at the EE BAFTA Film Awards next week. It is the arts charity’s highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.  

Samantha Morton’s credits span independent British cinema to Hollywood blockbusters, television and theatre. From her breakout film role Under the Skin (1997), to her directorial debut The Unloved (2009), to She Said (2022), Morton across three decades and counting, has championed the portrayal of complex and often underrepresented stories. 

Having worked with Darren Aronofsky, Jim Sheridan, Charlie Kaufman, Lynne Ramsay, David Cronenberg, Harmony Korine, Steven Spielberg, Michael Winterbottom and David Yates, on films spanning Morvern Callar (2002) and Control (2007) to The Minority Report (2002) and The Whale (2022), she is beloved by British independent filmmakers and Hollywood titans alike.  

The BAFTA Fellowship will be presented as part of a special commemoration of Morton’s work to-date during the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards ceremony on 18 February at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. 

Samantha Morton said: “As a proud BAFTA member I am honoured, profoundly humbled and grateful to BAFTA for giving me this award.” 

Anna Higgs, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said: “Samantha Morton is a mesmerising storyteller with incredible range.  She has made an extraordinary impact on the British film industry – consistently shining a light on complex characters and championing underrepresented stories.  On-and-off screen, she always works to break down societal barriers and change the make-up of the screen industries for the better - often against great odds.  Samantha is hugely respected by her peers in Britain and Hollywood alike for her versatility, talent and passion for the craft of acting, and we are delighted to be honouring her exceptional body of work at the EE BAFTA Film Awards next week.” 

Born in Nottingham in 1977, at 12, Morton joined what was then the Central Junior Television Workshop. Within a couple of years, she was acting in theatre, with a stage début at the Royal Court and in hit television shows such as Cracker (1994); Band of Gold (1995–96), and The History of Tom Jones (1997), while her early TV-film roles included Emma (1996) and the lead role in Jane Eyre (1997). 

Morton garnered international attention in 1997 for her searing performance in Carine Adler’s Under the Skin, earning her a BIFA nomination and the Boston Film Critics Award for Best Actress. She has been nominated for an Academy Award® first for Best Supporting Actress for Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown (1999), and later for Best Actress for Jim Sheridan's In America (2003). 

Other notable film credits include work with such acclaimed directors as Lynne Ramsay on Morvern Callar (2002), for which she won Best Performance, Toronto Film Critics Award and a BIFA for Best Actress; Steven Spielberg on Minority Report (2002); Michael Winterbottom on Code 46 (2003); Shekhar Kapur on The Golden Age (2007); Harmony Korine on Mister Lonely (2007); Anton Corbijn on Control, (2007), earning her a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Film Award nomination; Charlie Kaufman Synecdoche, New York (2008), David Cronenberg on Cosmopolis (2012), Andrew Stanton on John Carter (2012), David Yates on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Darren Aronofsky on The Whale (2022) and Maria Schrader on She Said (2022). 

For her portrayal of notorious child-murderer Myra Hindley in Longford (2006) Morton received Best Actress nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award, and BAFTA Television Award, and won a Golden Globe®. In 2009, she made her directorial debut with television film The Unloved, a semi-autobiographical film based in the British children’s care system, which won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Single Drama, and a BAFTA Scotland Best Actor award for Robert Carlyle.  

Morton has starred in hit shows such as Rillington Place (2016) and Harlots (2017-19) and the award-winning The Walking Dead, where she played the iconic villain, Alpha. In 2020 she was nominated for a Leading Actress BAFTA for the Dominic Savage drama I Am…Kirsty, which she co-wrote. Other major TV shows include period drama The Serpent Queen (2022) in the lead role of Catherine de Medici, and most recently The Burning Girls (2023). In 2023 she released her first music with producer Richard Russell.   

BAFTA Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Helen Mirren, Mike Leigh, Sidney Poitier, Mel Brooks, Sir Ridley Scott, Thelma Schoonmaker, Kathleen Kennedy and Ang Lee. Sandy Powell received the BAFTA Fellowship at the Film Awards in 2023, and most recently Meera Syal CBE was honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises in May 2023. 

The 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards will be hosted by David Tennant at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 18 February and will broadcast at 19.00 on BBC One, and iPlayer, and on BritBox International in USA, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and South Africa, as well as BBC Australia and Britbox in Australia, NOVA Bulgaria, NOVA Greece, Turner Spain, and Canal Plus. 


Portrait of Samantha Morton available on BAFTA’s Third Light website here and a selection of photograpy relating to the EE BAFTA Film Awards is also available here

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Notes to Editors   

The Nominations can be found here 

BAFTA’s Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award, more information here 

EE Rising Star Award. Voting is open at 

A selection of free-to-use imagery is available on BAFTA Third Light  

More press information can be found at the BAFTA Media Centre 

Countdown to the BAFTAs a new 10-part podcast series of excusive interviews with producers of the 10 longlisted films in contention for Best Film, can be found here  


BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).

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