University of Nottingham

Actress Samantha Morton receives honorary degree

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

A Nottingham-born actress has received an honorary degree from the university where her mother and grandmother worked as dinner ladies.

Samantha Morton, who was born in Clifton, was made a Doctor of Letters at the University of Nottingham yesterday.

She told the BBC: "If they were alive today they'd just be over the moon I'm here actually getting a degree, someone from my background actually achieving that is extraordinary."

Samantha Morton

She also spoke about her experience as a child in the city's care system, responding to this summer's IICSA report.

"The abuse I and my friends suffered is equivalent to hell," she said. "The system was not, and still isn't, fit for purpose.

"They were allowed to do what they did because there were not proper systems in place. How are we going to get justice?"

Actress Samantha Morton to be awarded honorary degree

Samantha Noble

BBC News Online

An actress born in Nottingham is to be awarded an honorary degree in her home city.

Samantha Morton, who was born in Clifton, will be made a Doctor of Letters at the University of Nottingham on 10 December.

Ms Morton, who has spoken openly about growing up in care and suffering abuse at care homes in Nottingham, attended the Television Workshop in the city from the age of 13 and went to West Bridgford School.

Samantha Morton
University of Nottingham

She has appeared in a number of television shows including Peak Practice, Boon, Cracker and Soldier, Soldier before becoming a regular cast member in the first two series of Band of Gold.

Ms Morton has also worked in films including Minority Report with Tom Cruise, Morvern Callar, Synecdoche New York, The Walking Dead, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Her work has been recognised with Academy Award nominations for her performances in Sweet and Lowdown, and In America, a Golden Globe Award for her role in Longford and a BAFTA for her semi-autobiographical directorial debt for film The Unloved.