Emily Mortimer

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Emily Mortimer
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Mortimer at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
BornEmily Kathleen A. Mortimer
(1971-12-01) 1 December 1971 (age 42)
Finsbury Park, London, England
Alma materLincoln College, Oxford
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Alessandro Nivola (m. 2003)
  • Samuel Nivola
  • May Nivola
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Emily Mortimer
Emily Mortimer 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Mortimer at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
BornEmily Kathleen A. Mortimer
(1971-12-01) 1 December 1971 (age 42)
Finsbury Park, London, England
Alma materLincoln College, Oxford
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Alessandro Nivola (m. 2003)
  • Samuel Nivola
  • May Nivola

Emily Kathleen A. Mortimer[1] (born 1 December 1971) is an English actress. She began performing on stage, and has since appeared in several film and television roles, including 30 Rock, Scream 3, Match Point, Lars and the Real Girl, Hugo, Cars 2, Shutter Island, Harry Brown, Our Idiot Brother, and The Newsroom.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mortimer was born in Finsbury Park, London[3] England, to Sir John Mortimer, QC (a lawyer and writer who created the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey) and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop).[4] 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 liaison with actress Wendy Craig.[5]

Mortimer studied at St Paul's Girls' School in west London,[6] 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 also screenwriter for an adaptation of Lorna Sage's memoir, Bad Blood.


Mortimer performed in 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).[7] Subsequent television roles included Sharpe's Sword and Coming Home. She followed this with the 1996 television film, Lord of Misrule, which also featured Richard Wilson, Stephen Moyer and Prunella Scales. The television film was directed by Guy Jenkin and filmed in Fowey, Cornwall. Her first feature film role was opposite Val Kilmer in 1996's The Ghost and the Darkness. Mortimer was then in the Irish coming-of-age story The Last of the High Kings, released later the same year.

Mortimer at a film premiere in September 2007

In the 1997 Midsomer Murders pilot episode The Killings at Badger's Drift, she appeared as Katherine Lacey.

In 1998 she appeared as Kat Ashley in Elizabeth, and played Miss Flynn in the TV 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 UK: She was the "Perfect Girl" dropped by Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, appeared as Esther in the American TV mini-series Noah's Ark, and was Angelina, the star of the film-within-a-film, in the upscale slasher flick Scream 3.

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 in Disney's The Kid. In 2002, she had a major role in The 51st State (also known as Formula 51), starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle.[7]

In 2003, Mortimer appeared in Stephen Fry's film Bright Young Things. In 2004, Mortimer appeared in the film Dear Frankie. In 2005, she played a major role as the oblivious spouse of an adulterous Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Woody Allen's Match Point, as well as voicing 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 as the supportive sister-in-law of Ryan Gosling's title character. She also appeared in The Pink Panther in 2006 and in its 2009 sequel, as the love interest of Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin). In the last three episodes of 30 Rock's first season, she played Phoebe, a love interest of Alec Baldwin's character, Jack Donaghy.

Mortimer played an aspiring actress opposite Andy García in City Island (2009) and as Rachel Solando in Martin Scorsese's 2010 film Shutter Island. She played Leonie Gilmour in the film Leonie, released in the autumn of 2010. In 2011, she had a role in Our Idiot Brother as Liz, the sister of Paul Rudd's character. In the same year, she also started work with the acclaimed screenwriter and producer 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[8] for Sky Living, along with her long-term friend, actress and comedian Dolly Wells.[9][10]

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 Chilterns, Buckinghamshire,[11] on 3 January 2003. A Mexican punk band performed at their wedding. Mortimer gave birth to their son, Samuel John, in Westminster, London,[11] on 23 September 2003. Their second child, May Rose, was born on 15 January 2010.[12] During the same year, Mortimer became an American citizen for "cynical reasons" in order to avoid paying inheritance tax in the event of anything happening to her husband.[13] Mortimer holds dual citizenship for both the U.S. and the U.K.[14]

Mortimer is an atheist.[13]


List of acting credits in film and television
1994Blue HeelersKellyTV[15]
1995Sharpe's SwordLassTV
1995The Glass VirginAnnabella LagrangeTV miniseries
1996Heartstones (Ruth Rendell Mysteries)ElviraTV
1996The Ghost and the DarknessHelana Patterson
1996Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Badger's DriftKatherine LaceyTV
1996The Last of the High KingsRomy Thomas
1996Silent WitnessFranEpisodes "Long Days, Short Nights" parts 1 and 2
1996Lord of MisruleEmmaTV
1997The SaintWoman on Plane
1998Coming HomeJudith DunbarTV
1998Cider with RosieMiss FlynnTV
1998ElizabethKat Ashley
1998Killing Joe
1999Notting HillWill's "Perfect Girl"
2000Scream 3Angelina Tyler
2000Love's Labour's LostKatherine
2000Disney's The KidAmy
2001Lovely and AmazingElizabeth MarksCentral Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
2001The 51st State aka Formula 51Dakota Parker
2002Jeffrey Archer: The TruthDiana, Princess of WalesTV
2003A Foreign AffairAngela Beck
2003Nobody Needs to KnowEmily
2003The Sleeping DictionaryCecilNominated—DVD Exclusive Award for Best Supporting Actress in a DVD Premiere Film
2003Bright Young ThingsNina Blount
2003Young AdamCathie DimlyNominated—Empire Award for Best British Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Critics' Circle Film Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
2004Dear FrankieLizzieNominated—London Critics' Circle Film Award for British Actress of the Year
2004Howl's Moving CastleYoung SophieVoice (English dub)
2005Match PointChloe Hewett Wilton
2006Paris, je t'aimeFrancesSegment Père-Lachaise
2006The Pink PantherNicole Durant
200730 RockPhoebeEpisodes "Corporate Crush", "Cleveland" and "Hiatus"
2007Lars and the Real GirlKarinNominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2007Chaos TheorySusan Allen
2008TranssiberianJessieNominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
2008RedbeltLaura Black
2009The Pink Panther 2Nicole Durant
2009Harry BrownDetective Inspector Alice Frampton
2009Engie BenjyMessenger MoVoice
2009City IslandMolly Charlesworth
2010Shutter IslandRachel Solando
2010LeonieLeonie Gilmour
2011Cars 2Holley ShiftwellVoice
2011Our Idiot BrotherLiz
2012–presentThe NewsroomMackenzie McHaleTV
2014–presentDoll & EmPlaying herselfTV mini-series (mockumentary)


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.
  2. ^ Merritt, Stephanie (20 January 2005). "Woman on the verge". Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". Interview with Jay Leno. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  4. ^ 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 Wikipedia article), and two by his second marriage.
  5. ^ Walker, Tim; Eden, Richard (13 September 2004). "Mortimer's joy at son with Wendy Craig". Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  6. ^ GQ magazine, September 2005, p212
  7. ^ a b Woman on the verge The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2012
  8. ^ "Doll & Em". Sky Living. 
  9. ^ Kemp, Stuart (2013-01-23). "Emily Mortimer to Write and Star in 'Doll & Em' for Sky Living". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ Sarah Jane Griffiths (18 February 2014). "Doll and Em: Friendship, family and film stars". BBC News. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Marriages and Births England and Wales 1837–2006". Findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  12. ^ "Emily Mortimer Says Son 'Mocks' Her English Accent". Celebrity-babies.com. Retrieved 23 February 2011. [dead link]
  13. ^ a b Barkham, Patrick (8 July 2010). "Emily Mortimer: 'Secrets are a part of all of our lives'". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  14. ^ Boyle, Louise (2012-06-24). "Actress Emily Mortimer, star of The Newsroom, says Americans are 'dangerously uninformed' | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  15. ^ "Blue Heelers" Skin Deep (TV Episode 1994) - IMDb

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