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Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer[1] (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 Lovely and Amazing. She is also known for playing roles in Match Point
Match Point
(2005), Lars and the Real Girl
Lars and the Real Girl
(2007), Chaos Theory (2008), Harry Brown (2009), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), and the HBO
series The Newsroom.


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Video games

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Mortimer was born in Hammersmith, London, England,[2] to Sir John Mortimer, QC (a lawyer and writer who created the television series Rumpole of the Bailey), and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop).[3] She has a younger sister, Rosie; two older half-siblings, Sally Silverman and 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
St Paul's Girls' School
in west London,[5] where she appeared in several pupil productions. She then went on to Oxford University, where she read Russian at Lincoln College and performed in several plays. Before becoming an actress, Mortimer wrote a column for the Daily Telegraph, and was screenwriter for an adaptation of Lorna Sage's memoir, Bad Blood.[citation needed] Career[edit]

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Mortimer performed for 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).[6] Subsequent television roles included Sharpe's Sword and Coming Home. She followed this with the 1996 television film Lord of Misrule, directed by Guy Jenkin and filmed in Fowey, Cornwall. Her first feature film role was opposite Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer
in The Ghost and the Darkness, also in 1996. She appeared in the Irish coming-of-age story The Last of the High Kings, also released in 1996.

Mortimer at a film premiere in September 2007

In 1998 she appeared as Kat Ashley
Kat Ashley
in Elizabeth, and played Miss Flynn in the television mini series Cider with Rosie, which was adapted for television by her father. In 1999, she played three roles that raised her profile outside the United Kingdom: She was the "Perfect Girl" dropped by Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
in Notting Hill; Esther
in the television mini series Noah's Ark; and Angelina, the star of the film within a film in Scream 3.

Mortimer at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2000, Mortimer was cast as Katherine in Kenneth Branagh's musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, where she met actor and future husband Alessandro Nivola. She took on her biggest role in an American film to date, playing opposite Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
in Disney's The Kid. In 2002, she had a major role in The 51st State
The 51st State
(also known as Formula 51), starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
and Robert Carlyle.[6] In 2003, Mortimer appeared in Stephen Fry's film Bright Young Things. In 2004, Mortimer played the female lead in the film Dear Frankie. In 2005, she played a major role as the oblivious spouse of Jonathan Rhys Meyers's adulterer in Woody Allen's Match Point, as well as voiced young Sophie in the English-dubbed version of Howl's Moving Castle. In 2007 she played a supporting role in Lars and the Real Girl
Lars and the Real Girl
as the supportive sister-in-law of 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 30 Rock, she played Phoebe, the mysterious love interest of Alec Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy. Mortimer played an aspiring actress opposite Andy García
Andy García
in City Island (2009) and as Rachel Solando in Martin Scorsese's 2010 film Shutter Island. She played Leonie Gilmour
Leonie Gilmour
in Leonie, released in the autumn of 2010. In 2011, she had a role in Our Idiot Brother
Our Idiot Brother
as Liz, the sister of Paul Rudd's character. In 2011, she also started work with the acclaimed screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
as Mackenzie McHale in HBO's The Newsroom. In January 2013 it was announced that Mortimer would be co-creating and starring in the comedy series Doll & Em[7] for 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 Love's Labour's Lost. The couple married in the village of Turville
in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, on 3 January 2003.[10] The Mexican punk band Los Super Elegantes performed at their wedding. They have two children.[11] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Helana Patterson

1996 The Last of the High Kings Romy Thomas

1997 The Saint Woman on Plane

1998 Elizabeth Kat Ashley

1998 Killing Joe

Short film

1999 Notting Hill Will's "Perfect Girl"

2000 Scream 3 Angelina Tyler

2000 Love's Labour's Lost Katherine

2000 The Miracle Maker Mary of Nazareth Voice role

2000 Disney's The Kid Amy

2001 Lovely and Amazing Elizabeth Marks

2001 The 51st State Dakota Parker

2003 A Foreign Affair Angela Beck

2003 Nobody Needs to Know Emily

2003 The Sleeping Dictionary Cecil

2003 Bright Young Things Nina Blount

2003 Young Adam Cathie Dimly

2004 Dear Frankie Lizzie

2004 Howl's Moving Castle Young Sophie (voice) English dub

2005 Match Point Chloe Hewett Wilton

2006 Paris, je t'aime Frances Segment: "Père-Lachaise"

2006 The Pink Panther Nicole Durant

2007 Lars and the Real Girl Karin

2007 Chaos Theory Susan Allen

2008 Transsiberian Jessie

2008 Redbelt Laura Black

2009 The Pink Panther 2 Nicole Durant

2009 Harry Brown DI Alice Frampton

2009 City Island Molly Charlesworth

2010 Shutter Island Rachel Solando

2010 Leonie Leonie Gilmour

2011 Cars
2 Holley Shiftwell Voice role

2011 Our Idiot Brother Liz

2011 Hugo Lisette

2014 Rio, I Love You Dorothy Segment: "La Fortuna"

2015 Ten Thousand Saints Di Urbanski

2016 Spectral CIA Officer Fran Madison

2017 The Sense of an Ending Sarah Ford

2017 The Party Jinny

2017 The Bookshop Florence Green In post-production

2018 Mary Poppins Returns Jane Banks Filming


Year Title Role Notes

1994 Under the Hammer Angela Episode: "The Virgin of Vitebsk"

1994 Blue Heelers Kelly Episode: "Skin Deep"

1995 Sharpe's Sword Lass Television movie

1995 The Glass Virgin Annabella Lagrange 3 episodes

1995 Screen Two Amanda Ellis Episode: "A Very Open Prison"

1996 Lord of Misrule Emma Movie

1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Elvira Episode: "Heartstones"

1996 Silent Witness Fran 2 episodes

1996 Jack and Jeremy's Real Lives Tilly Episode: "Aristocrats"

1996 No Bananas Una 6 episodes

1997 Midsomer Murders Katherine Lacey Episode: "The Killings at Badger's Drift"

1997 A Dance to the Music of Time Polly Duport Episode: "Post War"

1998 Cider with Rosie Miss Flynn Movie

1998 Coming Home Judith Dunbar Movie

1999 Noah's Ark Esther 3 episodes

2000 Disney's The Kid Amy Movie

2002 Jeffrey Archer: The Truth Diana, Princess of Wales Movie

2007 30 Rock Phoebe 3 episodes

2012–14 The Newsroom Mackenzie McHale 25 episodes

2014–15 Doll & Em Emily 12 episodes; also creator and writer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role

2011 Cars
2: The Video Game Holley Shiftwell (voice)

2012 Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

2013 Disney Infinity

2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, Cars: Fast as Lightning

2015 Disney Infinity
Disney Infinity

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result

2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Lovely & Amazing Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Won

Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical Nominated

2004 Empire Awards Best British Actress Young Adam Nominated

Film Critics' Circle British Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated

2005 British Actress of the Year Dear Frankie Nominated

2007 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Lars and the Real Girl Nominated

Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Nominated

2009 Saturn Awards Best Actress Transsiberian Nominated

2018 Goya Awards Best Actress The Bookshop Nominated


^ 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 Guardian obituary for the first wife, the maiden name of the second wife is Gollop. The Daily Mail article mentions that Sir John Mortimer had two children by his first marriage, which ended in 1972 (1971 per his 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.  ^ GQ, September 2005, p. 212 ^ a b Woman on the verge, Guardian.co.uk; retrieved 14 April 2012. ^ "Doll & Em". Sky Living.  ^ Kemp, Stuart (23 January 2013). " Emily Mortimer
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.  ^ "Get Reading". Retrieved 18 December 2016.  ^ Boyle, Louise (24 June 2012). "Actress Emily Mortimer, star of The Newsroom, says Americans are 'dangerously uninformed'". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2014.  ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity
Disney Infinity
3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 

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