Samantha Morton apologises for threatening girl's life when she was 14

Amy Johnson
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Samantha Morton attends the "I Am Kirsty" photocall during the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival 2019 at BFI Southbank on April 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Samantha Morton attends the "I Am Kirsty" photocall during the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival 2019 at BFI Southbank on April 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Samantha Morton has publicly apologised for threatening a girl with a knife when she was a 14-year-old growing up in care.

The Harlots star spoke about her past struggles on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs where she opened up on the incident that saw her charged with attempted murder.

Morton said the older girl had bullied her at the care home they both lived in and on one occasion she came home from a rave to find a nine-year-old boy had been "pimped", believing the girl to be responsible.

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“I snapped and said I was going to kill her. I didn’t harm her, I didn’t touch her, but I said those words. And I regret it and I am sorry,” she disclosed.

Samantha Morton during Women in Film & TV Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane on December 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
Samantha Morton during Women in Film & TV Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane on December 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

She subsequently spent three days confined in adult cells.

“I was mortified. And I’m sorry to her. We were all abused. She was a child herself. Nobody looked after us properly.

"We were rioting in that home because they were locking the fridges at night. We were not safe,” the now 43-year-old shared.

Morton reiterated that she was "incredibly sorry" and that she had been "angry at the system".

The Walking Dead actor went to discuss her parents as she described her late mother as “kind, subservient, vulnerable, funny, beautiful,” before hitting out at the way her mental health issues were treated. Morton added her mother had a "very traumatic childhood".

Samantha Morton and Esme Creed-Miles attend the 21st British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate on December 2, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Samantha Morton and Esme Creed-Miles attend the 21st British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate on December 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

She remarked that she has “huge amount of love and respect” for “elements” of her father's parenting but was critical of his temper and the "hidings" he gave.

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Morton is parent to 20-year-old daughter Esme, also an actor, whom she shares with Charlie Creed-Miles and a daughter Edie, 12, and an eight-year-old son Theodore with filmmaker Harry Holm.

With additional reporting by PA.

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