Emily Mortimer

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

Emily Mortimer

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Born: 1 December,1971, London.

Emily Mortimer is an English actress and filmmaker who has appeared in several film and television roles. She was born on 6 October 1971 in London, to dramatist and barrister Sir John Mortimer and his second wife, Penelope. She has a younger sister, Rosie and four half-siblings from her father’s previous relationships. She attended St Paul’s Girls’ School and Lincoln College, Oxford, where she studied Russian and performed in several plays.

Emily Mortimer began her acting career in the mid-1990s, starring in television adaptations of The Glass Virgin and The Saint. She made her film debut in The Ghost and the Darkness, opposite Val Kilmer and later appeared in Elizabeth, Notting Hill, and Scream 3. She gained critical acclaim for her performance in Lovely and Amazing, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2003. She also starred in Woody Allen’s Match Point, Lars and the Real Girl, and The Pink Panther films.

Emily Mortimer has also worked behind the camera, creating and writing the series Doll & Em with her friend Dolly Wells and writing and directing the miniseries The Pursuit of Love, based on the novel by Nancy Mitford. She earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Fanny Logan in the latter. She has also voiced characters in animated films such as Howl’s Moving Castle and Cars 2.

Emily Mortimer is married to American actor Alessandro Nivola, whom she met on the set of Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2000. They have two children, Samuel and May and live in Brooklyn, New York. Mortimer became a US citizen in 2010. She is a supporter of the Conservative Party in the UK and has described herself as an atheist.


Suggested viewing 


Bright Young Things (2003)

Bright Young Things

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.5

A cash-strapped novelist navigates love and life amidst a group of wealthy, eccentric socialites in 1930s London. Their frivolous antics and lavish parties mask a growing unease as the looming threat of war casts a shadow over their carefree existence.

Top cast: Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, James McAvoy, Michael Sheen, Fenella Woolgar, Dan Aykroyd, Simon Callow, Jim Broadbent.

Doll & Em (2013)

Doll & Em

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

Two British actresses, one established and the other aspiring, grapple with the highs and lows of Hollywood, their codependent friendship offering solace and sometimes causing chaos as they chase professional dreams and personal fulfillment.

Top cast: Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells, Jonathan Cake, Aaron Himelstein, Olivia Wilde, Evan Rachel Wood, Eileen Atkins, Andy Garcia

Dear Frankie (2004)

Dear Frankie poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.7

To protect her deaf son from a dangerous past, a single mother writes him letters pretending to be his father, a sailor traveling the world. When the boy longs to meet his “dad,” she hires a stranger to pose for a day, leading to unexpected consequences and heartfelt connections.

Top cast: Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone, Sharon Small, Katy Murphy, Jayd Johnson, Mary Riggans, Cal MacAninch, John Kazek.

The Bookshop (2017)

The Bookshop

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.5

A determined widow risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative town, bringing new voices and ideas through literature. Facing resistance from a powerful local figure, she finds solace and support from a book-loving widower, sparking a quiet battle for the town’s cultural soul.

Top cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Hunter Tremayne, Honor Kneafsey, James Lance, Frances Barber and Reg Wilson.

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