Hollywood star Samantha Morton's shout out to Nottingham on Lorraine

By Karen Antcliff

Hollywood actress Samantha Morton appeared on ITV's Lorraine this morning and proved that she hadn’t forgotten her Nottingham roots.

On the show to promote her latest film ‘Save the Cinema’, the Clifton born celeb not only name checked the city as her home town but went on to credit her acting start in the city.

The Oscar nominee chatted to Lorraine in an endearing interview via video link from East Sussex.

Taking about her new film she explained that it was the story of the founder of a Welsh youth theatre [Liz Evans] who began a campaign to save the Lyric in Carmarthen - writing to Steven Spielberg in the hope of showing the premier of 'Jurassic Park' in a bid to save the venue.

Likening the theatre set-up the her own experience of youth theatre, Morton name checked the former director of Television Workshop in the heart warming Lorraine Interview.

She said it tells the tale of the Lyric Theatre where the campaigner was a drama teacher, “A bit like what I had with Ian Smith back in Nottingham... these people do so much for their community and young people who have nothing and that’s their everything. They’re singing, they’re dancing..."

She also appeared to be thrilled at the prospect that Nottingham ice-skating legends Torvill and Dean would be appearing on the show today, Wednesday January 12.

Adding "And you’ve got Torvill and Dean on which I’m very excited about because I’m a Nottingham girl".

Oscar nominated for ''In America' and Sweet and Lowdown, Morton said of the new film: "I love drama and I love film… its such a beautiful story that made me smile, it's warm and it's a family film - this just made me laugh, it made me cry and its real people."

But she admitted: ‘“When the script came through I had no idea about her story… her existence".

Save the Cinema is being hailed as the feel-good film of 2022.. Lorraine described at “full of hope and uplifting”.

As Samantha went on to thank the crew and the local Carmarthen community for welcoming the team during film in what she called "very tough times" during the pandemic, her kindness didn't go unnoticed. Lorraine concluded: "What a gorgeous woman".

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