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Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer's many film credits include her breakout role in the critically-acclaimed Lovely & Amazing, a comical, bittersweet tale of four hapless, but resilient, women and the lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. The film brought Mortimer great critical acclaim and a 2003 Independent Spirit Award for her role in the film.

Mortimer was last seen on screen in back-to-back successes: Woody Allen's Match Point, which she received glowing reviews starring alongside Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Matthew Goode; and The Pink Panther, playing Inspector Clouseau's hapless secretary alongside Steve Martin.

Over the last year, she's worked continuously shooting a handful of upcoming projects: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment's touching comedy Lars and the Real Girl, starring opposite Ryan Gosling and Patricia Clarkson; the Brad Anderson (The Machinist) thriller, Transsiberian, opposite Woody Harrelson, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noreiga and Sir Ben Kingsley; and the romantic comedy Chaos Theory, in which she stars opposite Ryan Reynolds under the direction of Marcos Siega.

Mortimer's other diverse film credits include starring in Shona Auerbach's Dear Frankie, as an impoverished single mother who has moved to a seaside Scottish town with her deaf child; Young Adam, an independent production by first time writer/director David Mackenzie, starring Ewan McGregor, which Mortimer was nominated in the Best British Actress category at the 2004 Empire Awards and in the Best British Actress in a Supporting Role category at the 2004 London Film Critics Circle Awards; leading the ensemble cast in Stephen Fry's directorial debut, Bright Young Things; Notting Hill; Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost; Shekhar Kapur's award-winning Elizabeth; The Saint; The Ghost and the Darkness; Formula 51 with Robert Carlyle and Samuel L. Jackson; Wes Craven's Scream 3; The Kid opposite Bruce Willis; and Helmut Schleppi's independent feature A Foreign Affair.

In addition to her several film projects, Mortimer played the recurring role of Phoebe (as Alec Baldwin's Jack McBrayer's love interest) on this season's acclaimed 30 Rock, and provided the voice for the character of young Sophie in Walt Disney Studios' English language version of Howl's Moving Castle, directed by the renowned Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (released in 2004). Mortimer has also starred in a range of television projects for the BBC.

Mortimer's theatre credits include the productions of The Merchant of Venice for the Lyceum Theatre and The Lights for the Royal Court. While studying English at Oxford University, Mortimer had starring roles in numerous stage productions including:

Ophelia in Hamlet at Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Gertrude in Hamlet and Lady Nijo/Winn in Top Girls at the Edinburgh festival 1992, Miss Burstner/Leni in The Trial at the Oxford Playhouse, and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. She also devised, directed and acted in a production of Don Juan, which was a Drama Cupper's Winner in 1990.

Mortimer was born in London, England. She is the daughter of famed writer John Mortimer and Penelope Glossop. Mortimer attended the highly respected St. Paul's Girls School in Barnes, London. She then studied English and Russian at Oxford University from 1990 - 1994. She married actor Alessandro Nivola in 2002, and their first child was born in 2003.

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Emily Mortimer Facts

BirthdayDecember 1, 1971 (49)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Emily Mortimer compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Ghost and The Darkness
Cars 2
Howl's Moving Castle
Shutter Island
Notting Hill
Pink Panther 2
Match Point
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