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Born: December 1, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, columnist, author

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Prior to her emergence into the spotlight with films like "Lovely and Amazing" (2002) and "Match Point" (2005), actress Emily Mortimer made her way playing small and often unrewarding roles. Following the traditional actor's path, Mortimer studied her craft at school while honing her skills on stage and eventually made her onscreen debut. She first gained notice with a noticeable role as the governess to the Virgin Queen in "Elizabeth" (1998), which led to more substantial appearances in features like "Notting Hill" (1999) and "Scream 3" (2000). But it was her award-winning supporting turn in "Lovely and Amazing" (2002) that made both audiences and critics take notice. From there, she began to become a more consistent presence in major features, including "Match Point" (2005) and "The Pink Panther" (2006), making Mortimer one of the more promising young actresses to travel across the pond in some time.Born on Dec. 1, 1971 in London, England, Mortimer was raised by her father, John, a playwright and novelist who wrote the popular mystery series Rumpole on the Bailey, and her mother, Penelope. Though she liked to mimic television commercials as a child, Mortimer had no early predilections for becoming...

Prior to her emergence into the spotlight with films like "Lovely and Amazing" (2002) and "Match Point" (2005), actress Emily Mortimer made her way playing small and often unrewarding roles. Following the traditional actor's path, Mortimer studied her craft at school while honing her skills on stage and eventually made her onscreen debut. She first gained notice with a noticeable role as the governess to the Virgin Queen in "Elizabeth" (1998), which led to more substantial appearances in features like "Notting Hill" (1999) and "Scream 3" (2000). But it was her award-winning supporting turn in "Lovely and Amazing" (2002) that made both audiences and critics take notice. From there, she began to become a more consistent presence in major features, including "Match Point" (2005) and "The Pink Panther" (2006), making Mortimer one of the more promising young actresses to travel across the pond in some time.

Born on Dec. 1, 1971 in London, England, Mortimer was raised by her father, John, a playwright and novelist who wrote the popular mystery series Rumpole on the Bailey, and her mother, Penelope. Though she liked to mimic television commercials as a child, Mortimer had no early predilections for becoming an actress. But while attending St. Paul's Girls' School in London, Mortimer took her first steps into performing with several stage productions. She also began falling in love with Russian culture and language, particularly after a trip to the country when she was 17. In 1990, Mortimer went to Lincoln College at Oxford University, where she was a double major in English literature and Russian, and spent two terms studying acting at the Moscow Arts Theater Drama School. She performed in several school productions at Oxford, then acted in "The Lights" at London's Royal Court Theatre and "The Merchant of Venice" at Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre. Mortimer first gained professional consideration when a classmate's mother - also an agent at William Morris - saw her in a play and began sending her on auditions.

Making her television debut, Mortimer had a small role in an adaptation of Dame Catherine Cookson's "The Glass Virgin" (1995). After playing a young nun who escapes Napoleon's marauding army in "Sharpe's Sword" (ITV, 1995), she played Val Kilmer's wife in the uninspired African adventure "The Ghost and the Darkness" (1996). That same year she was featured in the sweet 1977-set Irish romance "The Last of the High Kings," playing Romy, the unattainable dream girl of a love-struck virgin (Jared Leto). Mortimer teamed up with Kilmer again with a cameo role in "The Saint" (1997). In 1998, the actress took a featured role in the A&E mystery special "The Killings at Badger's Drift." She was impressive in Shekhar Kapur's historical epic "Elizabeth" (1998), after which she returned the following year to American television screens with an appropriately haunting turn as a beautiful, but tormented young woman in "Cider With Rosie"(PBS, 1999), a Masterpiece Theatre presentation penned by her father. Meanwhile, her capable turn as Esther in the event miniseries "Noah's Ark" (NBC, 1999) broadened her audience considerably.

After another small supporting role, this time in the popular romantic comedy "Notting Hill" (1999), Mortimer finally landed a more visible role in "Disney's The Kid" (2000), playing Bruce Willis' feisty British love interest. She surprised audiences with her next career move, playing Angelina Tyler in Wes Craven's "Scream 3" (2000), which introduced her to an entirely new audience and eventually led to the opportunity to play Neve Campbell's hard-to-kill Sidney in the horror-flick-within-a-horror-flick "Stab 3." While taking the role was an interesting and courageous move for the actress, many found her miscast and otherwise wasted. Moving on, she was featured as Katherine in Kenneth Branagh's 1930s-set Busby Berkeley-esque musical take on the Shakespeare comedy "Love's Labour's Lost" (2000). While her acting was without fault, segments of the film required her to sing, proving that skill was not one of her strong suits. Mortimer next had a featured role in the 1920s-set romantic comedy "Sleeping Dictionary" (2000) and followed by co-starring with Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater in "Windtalkers" (2001), John Woo's disappointing World War II drama.

Mortimer did the best she could in the formulaic actioner "Formula 51" (2002), playing a detached, but abrasive hit-woman who locks horns with an American master chemist (Samuel L. Jackson) looking for his last payday by introducing a designer drug to the European market. She stepped back from the action genre to settle into the ensemble comedy "Lovely & Amazing" (2002), in which she took the bold step of appearing fully nude - an act that helped transform her prim and proper image. More importantly, however, Mortimer earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. After appearing in the straight-to-video period romance, "The Sleeping Dictionary" (2003), she delivered a fine performance as a young television journalist acting as a translator between two brothers (Tim Blake Nelson and David Arquette) and potential Russian brides in the dark comedy, "A Foreign Affair" (2003). Following a turn as the betrothed daughter of a colonel (Peter O'Toole) in Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things" (2003), Mortimer appeared in the little seen "Young Adam" (2004), an erotic drama about a young drifter (Ewan McGregor) who engages in a passionate, but ultimately cruel relationship with a downtrodden woman (Tilda Swinton), all the while hiding a similar affair with another woman (Mortimer).

After some voiceover work for the American edition of the anime adventure, "Howl's Moving Castle" (2004), she portrayed a young mom always on the move with her nine-year-old son (Jack McElhone) to avoid the boy's abusive father in the heartwarming family drama, "Dear Frankie" (2004). Mortimer was unfortunately underutilized in Woody Allen's otherwise compelling "Match Point" (2005), in which she played the wife of an ex-tennis pro (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) too desperate in trying to get pregnant that she fails to notice her husband's passionate affair with a struggling American actress (Scarlett Johansson). Mortimer next co-starred in "The Pink Panther" (2006), an inexplicable remake starring Steve Martin as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau - a part once performed to perfection by the incomparable Peter Sellers. She took a turn to offbeat independent features with "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007), playing the loving wife of a man (Paul Schneider) whose brother (Ryan Gosling) forms a bond with a blow-up doll. After turns in less-heralded fare like "Number Thirteen" (2007), "Redbelt" (2008) and "Transiberian" (2008), as well as a three-episode run as the fragile, bird-boned love interest of TV exec Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) on the Emmy-winning sitcom, "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006- ), Mortimer reprised Inspector Clouseau's love interest, Nicole, in the ill-fated sequel "The Pink Panther 2" (2009).

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 Spectral (2016)
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 Cars 2 (2011)
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 Hugo (2011)
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 Shutter Island (2010)
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 Harry Brown (2009)
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 City Island (2009)
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 Chaos Theory (2008)
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Performed in several plays while studying at Oxford University
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Acted in "The Lights" at London's Royal Court Theatre and "The Merchant of Venice" at Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre
1995:
TV debut in an adaptation of Dame Catherine Cookson's "The Glass Virgin"
1996:
First film role, playing Val Kilmer's wife in "The Ghost and the Darkness"
1996:
Cast in the Irish comedy "The Last of the High Kings" (released direct-to-video in the USA as "Summer Fling")
1998:
Appeared as Kat Ashley in Shekhar Kapur's Oscar-nominated epic "Elizabeth"
1999:
Played Miss Flynn in the TV mini-series "Cider with Rosie" (PBS); adapted for television by her father, John Mortimer
1999:
Had a small but pivotal role, opposite Hugh Grant in "Notting Hill"
1999:
Played Esther in the American TV mini-series "Noah's Ark" (NBC)
2000:
Cast as Angelina, the star of the film-within-a-film, in "Scream 3"
2000:
Featured in Kenneth Branagh's musical adaptation of "Love's Labour's Lost"
2000:
Played Bruce Willis' love interest in Disney's "The Kid"
2001:
Changed her prim image in favor of a more provocative one when she appeared full-frontally nude in "Lovely and Amazing"
2003:
Joined an ensemble cast in Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things"
2004:
Featured in "Young Adam" opposite Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton
2005:
Played the oblivious spouse of an adulterous Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Woody Allen's "Match Point"
2006:
Cast in "The Pink Panther" as the love interest of Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin)
2007:
Appeared in three episodes of NBC's "30 Rock" as a love interest of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy
2007:
Played the title character's (Ryan Gosling) sister-law in "Lars and the Real Girl"
2008:
Co-starred in "Chaos Theory" with Ryan Reynolds and Stuart Townsend
2008:
Featured in the David Mamet directed, "Redbelt"
2009:
Appeared opposite Steve Martin in "Pink Panther 2"
2010:
Played escaped patient Rachel Solando in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"
2011:
Voiced Holley Shiftwell, a British spy-in-training, in the animated feature "Cars 2"
2011:
Played Paul Rudd's sister in "Our Idiot Brother"
2011:
Cast in Martin Scorsese┬┐s family adventure "Hugo"
2012:
Played news show producer Mackenzie MacHale on Aaron Sorkin's drama series "The Newsroom" (HBO)
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Education

St Paul's Girls' School: -
University of Oxford: -
Moscow Arts Theater: -

Notes

Like her father, Mortimer has shown her own interest in letters. She wrote a tongue-in-cheek column chronicling the life of an actress for London's Daily Telegram, and has worked on a novel of her own.

Emily Mortimer describes landing her role in "Scream 3": The audition was just so silly. There I am, suddenly transplanted in L.A., sitting in a corridor full of girls with cutesy T-shirts and big blond hair. I'm given a sheet of paper with five lines on it which I then go in and read to the casting agent. I didn't give a shit and it was all stupid and hilarious and she goes, 'My God, you're right for this part.' It's such an unlikely thing, but somehow the perfect thing for me to be doing." --quoted in Vanity Fair, December 1999.

Mortimer on her role in Kenneth Branagh's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost": "I have a phobia about singing. I knew I couldn't sing, and hadn't sung since primary school. Luckily the audition didn't involve singing, or I don't think I would've got the part." --From Movieline, July 2000.

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companion:
Nick Moran. Actor.
companion:
Allesandro Nivola. Actor. Met during the making of "Love's Labour's Lost".

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father:
John Clifford Mortimer. Playwright, novelist, screenwriter. Wrote the popular "Rumpole on the Bailey" mystery series.
mother:
Penelope Mortimer. Married John Mortimer in 1972; has two daughters with him.
sister:
Rosie Mortimer. Younger.

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