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Emily Mortimer

Mortimer at a film premiere in September 2007
Born 1 December 1971 (1971-12-01) (age 38)
Finsbury Park, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Alessandro Nivola (2003 – present), 2 children

Emily Mortimer (born 1 December 1971) is an English actress. She began performing on stage, and has since appeared in several film and television roles, including Scream 3 (2000) and Match Point (2005).


Early life

Mortimer was born in Finsbury Park, London,[1] England, the daughter of Sir John Mortimer QC (lawyer and dramatist famous for Rumpole of the Bailey) and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop).[2] She has a younger sister, Rosie; two older 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.[3] Her maternal grandfather was a pig farmer.[4]

Mortimer studied at St Paul's Girls' School, where she appeared in several student productions. After St. Paul's, she moved on to Lincoln College, Oxford, where she read Russian, and performed in several plays. Before becoming an actress, Mortimer wrote a column for the Daily Telegraph, and was also screenwriter for a screen 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 a supporting role in a television adaptation of Dame Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin (1995). Subsequent television roles included Sharpe's Sword and Coming Home. Her first 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. 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 ill-fated "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, and was a supporting character in John Woo's war drama Windtalkers.

In 2003, Mortimer appeared in Stephen Fry's film Bright Young Things. In 2004, Mortimer appeared in the movie 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 a mental patient in Martin Scorsese's 2010 film Shutter Island. She will play Leonie Gilmour in the upcoming film Leonie scheduled for release in the fall.

Personal life

In 2000, Mortimer met American actor Alessandro Nivola, while both were starring in Love's Labour's Lost. The couple married in Chiltern, Buckinghamshire, on 3 January 2003. A Mexican punk band performed at their wedding. Mortimer gave birth to their son, Samuel John, in Westminster, London,[5] on 23 September 2003. At age 38, she gave birth to their second child. Their daughter May Rose was born on 15 January 2010.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1995 Sharpe's Sword Lass TV
The Glass Virgin Annabella Lagrange TV miniseries
1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Helana Patterson
Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Badger's Drift Catherine Lacey
The Last of the High Kings Romy Thomas
Silent Witness Fran Episodes "Long Days, Short Nights" parts 1 and 2
1998 Coming Home Judith Dunbar TV
Cider with Rosie Miss Flynn TV
Elizabeth Kat Ashley
Killing Joe
1999 Notting Hill Perfect Girl
2000 Scream 3 Angelina Tyler
Love's Labour's Lost Katherine
Disney's The Kid Amy
2001 Lovely and Amazing Elizabeth Marks
The 51st State aka Formula 51 Dakota Parker
2002 Jeffrey Archer: The Truth Diana, Princess of Wales TV
2003 A Foreign Affair Angela Beck
Nobody Needs to Know Emily
The Sleeping Dictionary Cecil
Bright Young Things Nina Blount
Young Adam Cathie Dimly
2004 Dear Frankie Lizzie
Howl's Moving Castle Young Sophie Voice
2005 Match Point Chloe Hewett Wilton
2006 Paris, je t'aime Frances Segmant Père-Lachaise
The Pink Panther Nicole Durant
2007 30 Rock Phoebe Episodes "Corporate Crush", "Cleveland" and "Hiatus"
Lars and the Real Girl Karin
Chaos Theory Susan Allen
2008 Transsiberian Jessie
Redbelt Laura Black
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Nicole Durant
Harry Brown Frampton
City Island Molly Charlesworth
2010 Shutter Island Rachel Solando
Leonie Leonie Gilmour


  1. ^ "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". Interview with Jay Leno. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Mortimer's joy at son with Wendy Craig". Daily Telegraph. 13 September 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  4. ^ Cavendish, Lucy A bohemian hunter, Evening Standard (30 July 2003)
  5. ^ Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984-2006
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