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Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer[1] (born 1 December 1971) is an English actress and screenwriter. She began acting in stage productions and has since appeared in several film and television roles. In 2003, she won an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in Lovely and Amazing. She is also known for playing the role of Mackenzie McHale in the HBO series The Newsroom, and as the voice actress of Sophie Hatter in the English language version of Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Match Point (2005), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), Chaos Theory (2008), Harry Brown (2009), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

Emily Mortimer
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Mortimer at the 32nd Goya Awards.
Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer

(1971-12-01) 1 December 1971 (age 47)
ResidenceBoerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Alma materLincoln College, Oxford
OccupationActress, screenwriter
Years active1994–present
Parent(s)John Mortimer
Penelope Gollop

Early life and educationEdit

Mortimer was born in Hammersmith, London, England,[2] to dramatist and barrister John Mortimer, and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop).[3] She has a younger sister, Rosie;[4] 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 relationship 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 the University of Oxford, where she read Russian[7] at Lincoln College and performed in several plays. Before becoming an actress, Mortimer wrote a column for the Daily Telegraph and was screenwriter for an adaptation of Lorna Sage's memoir, Bad Blood.[8][9]


Mortimer performed in several plays while studying at University of Oxford. While acting in a student production, she was spotted by a producer who later cast her in the lead in a television adaptation of Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin (1995).[10] Subsequent television roles included Sharpe's Sword (1995) and Coming Home (1998). She followed this with the 1996 television film Lord of Misrule, directed by Guy Jenkin and filmed in Fowey, Cornwall.[11]

Also in 1996, Mortimer appeared in her first feature film opposite Val Kilmer in The Ghost and the Darkness, and in the coming-of-age story, The Last of the High Kings.[11]

Mortimer at a film premiere in September 2007

In 1998 she appeared as Kat Ashley in Elizabeth, and played Miss Flynn in the television mini series Cider with Rosie, which was adapted for television by her father. In 1999, she played three roles: she was the "Perfect Girl" dropped by Hugh Grant in Notting Hill; Esther in the television mini series Noah's Ark; and Angelina, the star of the film within a film in 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.[10]

In 2003, Mortimer appeared in Stephen Fry's film Bright Young Things. In 2004, Mortimer played the female lead in the film Dear Frankie. In 2005, she played a major role as the oblivious spouse of Jonathan Rhys Meyers's adulterer in Woody Allen's Match Point, as well as voiced 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 appeared in The Pink Panther in 2006 and in its 2009 sequel. In the last three episodes of the first season of 30 Rock, she played Phoebe, the mysterious 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 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 titular character. Also in 2011, she 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[12] for Sky Living, along with her longtime friend, actress and comedian Dolly Wells.[13][14]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2000, Mortimer met American actor Alessandro Nivola while both were starring in Love's Labour's Lost. The couple married in the village of Turville in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire, on 3 January 2003.[15]. Mortimer gave birth to her first child, Samuel John Nivola on 26 September, 2003, their second child, May Rose Nivola, in 2010. They live with their two children[16] in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Helana Patterson
The Last of the High Kings Romy Thomas
1997 The Saint Woman on Plane
1998 Elizabeth Kat Ashley
Killing Joe Short film
1999 Notting Hill Will's "Perfect Girl"
2000 Scream 3 Angelina Tyler
Love's Labour's Lost Katherine
The Miracle Maker Mary of Nazareth Voice role
Disney's The Kid Amy
2001 Lovely and Amazing Elizabeth Marks
The 51st State Dakota Parker
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) English dub
2005 Match Point Chloe Hewett Wilton
2006 Paris, je t'aime Frances Segment: "Père-Lachaise"
The Pink Panther Nicole Durant
2007 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 DI Alice Frampton
City Island Molly Charlesworth
2010 Shutter Island Rachel Solando
Leonie Leonie Gilmour
2011 Cars 2 Holley Shiftwell Voice role
Our Idiot Brother Liz
Hugo Lisette
2014 Rio, I Love You Dorothy Segment: "La Fortuna"
2015 Ten Thousand Saints Di Urbanski
2016 Spectral CIA Officer Fran Madison
2017 The Sense of an Ending Sarah Ford
The Party Jinny
The Bookshop Florence Green
2018 Write When You Get Work Nan Noble
To Dust N/A Producer
Head Full of Honey Sarah
Mary Poppins Returns Jane Banks
2019 Good Posture Julia Price
Mary Sarah


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Under the Hammer Angela Episode: "The Virgin of Vitebsk"
Blue Heelers Kelly Episode: "Skin Deep"
1995 Sharpe's Sword Lass Television movie
The Glass Virgin Annabella Lagrange 3 episodes
Screen Two Amanda Ellis Episode: "A Very Open Prison"
1996 Lord of Misrule Emma Movie
Ruth Rendell Mysteries Elvira Episode: "Heartstones"
Silent Witness Fran 2 episodes
Jack and Jeremy's Real Lives Tilly Episode: "Aristocrats"
No Bananas Una 6 episodes
1997 Midsomer Murders Katherine Lacey Episode: "The Killings at Badger's Drift"
A Dance to the Music of Time Polly Duport Episode: "Post War"
1998 Cider with Rosie Miss Flynn Movie
Coming Home Judith Dunbar Movie
1999 Noah's Ark Esther 3 episodes
2002 Jeffrey Archer: The Truth Diana, Princess of Wales Movie
2007 30 Rock Phoebe 3 episodes
2012–14 The Newsroom Mackenzie McHale 25 episodes
2014–15 Doll & Em Emily 12 episodes; also creator and writer

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2011 Cars 2: The Video Game Holley Shiftwell (voice)
2012 Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure
2013 Disney Infinity
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, Cars: Fast as Lightning
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0[18]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ A Voyage Round John Mortimer, Penguin Books, 2008, Valerie Grove
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 13 January 2016.
  3. ^ Rumpole creator Sir John Mortimer dies, aged 85" Daily Mail.
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  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, September 2005, p. 212
  7. ^
  8. ^ Stadlen, Matthew (29 June 2015). "The kind of movies I'm in, you're lucky if your mum sees it". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  9. ^ Merritt, Stephanie (2 December 2001). "Interview: Emily Mortimer". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ a b Woman on the verge,; retrieved 14 April 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Emily Mortimer". IMDb. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Doll & Em". Sky Living.
  13. ^ Kemp, Stuart (23 January 2013). "Emily Mortimer to Write and Star in 'Doll & Em' for Sky Living". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ Sarah Jane Griffiths (18 February 2014). "Doll and Em: Friendship, family and film stars". BBC News. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Get Reading". Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  16. ^ Helena de Bertodano (24 July 2011). "Emily Mortimer interview: 'I hope my kids don't look like my father'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  17. ^ Vincentelli, Elizabeth (16 November 2013). "Alessandro Nivola: My Brooklyn". New York Post. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  18. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.

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