Woman Crush Wednesday: Samantha Morton


Samantha Morton has been in so many great period films in the last 20 years (and a good deal of great non-period films, as well!). She’s played the ingenue and the bawd and everything in between. Let’s take a look at her resume of historical flicks!

Emma (1996) – Harriet Smith


Jane Eyre (1997) – Jane Eyre


The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997) – Sophia Western


Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999) – Eva


Sweet and Lowdown (1999) – Hattie


Pandaemonium (2000) – Sara Coleridge


The Libertine (2005) – Elizabeth Barry


The River Queen (2005) – Sarah O’Brien


Lassie (2005) – Sarah Carraclough


Elizabeth the Golden Age (2007) – Mary, Queen of Scots


Miss Julie (2014) – Kathleen


Cider with Rosie (2015) – Annie Lee


Rillington Place (2016) –  Ethel Christie


Harlots (2017 – ) – Margaret Wells



About the author

Sarah Lorraine


Sarah discovered her dual passion for history and costume right around the age of twelve. Dragged kicking and screaming to her first Renaissance Faire at Black Point, she was convinced she was going to hate it, but to her surprise, she fell head over heels in love with the world of reenactment and dress up immediately. Her undergraduate degree is in Clothing & Textile Design, and she has a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture. When she’s not hauling crap to SCA events and ren faires, Sarah enjoys reading true crime books, writing fiction, and sewing historical clothing from the Middle Ages through the 20th-century. One of these days, she might even start updating her old costuming blog again.

15 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    I am going to have to re-watch these films as the only two I remember and that is a vague memory are The Libertine and Emma. Also I’m waiting for the DVD for Harlots or PBS whichever comes first.

  2. SaucyMarla

    Does anyone know where I can obtain History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997)? I’d never even heard of it! :(

  3. Karen K.

    I will always love Samantha Morton as the voice of Ruby in Max and Ruby — I loved that cartoon! But of the historical I think my favorite was Emma though she’s a perfect Jane Eyre.

  4. Kathleen Norvell

    I am enjoying watching Samantha Morton in Harlots. And I love the fact that she seems to have maybe 3 dresses. The part is gritty and she’s wonderful.

  5. Maria Kleopatra

    I know it sounds weird, but there’s just something about her face that “works” for me… I remember seeing her in Minority Report, and I had an instant crush. It always surprises me she’s not a bigger, better-known actress.

    • Constance

      I don’t think her face is “period” though…at least not for prior 20th century…

  6. SunMoonTalia

    Samantha is my headcanon for older Mary Queen of Scots, mainly because she was the 1st Mary I saw in a movie. The movie portrayed as an embittered, but still charming schemer and that’s how I imagine Mary in her captive years, so far away from the lovely peacemaker Queen who arrived to Scotland… Mary’s costumes in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” were not great, but when Samantha was on screen, she reigned over everything and everyone!

  7. themodernmantuamaker

    My favourite Jane Eyre! Samantha Morton was fabulous (like her better as Jane than as Harriet in Emma, though it’s one of my fave Emma versions) and had such fabulous chemistry with the totally swoon-worthy Ciaran Hindes…mmmmmmm…….

  8. Damnitz

    Samantha Morton was perfect for the innocent Hariet Smith, but her best performance was in “Tom Jones”. I could not believe that there is somebody who could do the role better. Poor Max Beesley – no chance along with such a cast!


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