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Also Known As: Died:
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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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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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 City Island (2009)
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 Harry Brown (2009)
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 Redbelt (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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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.

Companions close complete companion listing

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

Family close complete family listing

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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