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  • Father John Mortimer authored the popular Rumpole of the Bailey books.
  • Was one year behind Rachel Weisz at St Paul's Girls' School.
  • Studied English and Russian at Oxford.
  • Attended Moscow Arts Theater Drama School for two semesters.
  • Played Ophelia in Hamlet at the Oxford Shakespeare Festival while still in school.
  • Met husband Alessandro Nivola while they were filming Love's Labour's Lost.
  • Holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and England.


  • 2003, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Winner


  • Jeremy Mortimer — Half Brother
  • Alessandro Nivola — Husband
  • May Rose Nivola — Daughter
  • Sally Silverman — Half Sister
  • Samuel John Nivola — Son
  • Ross Bentley — Half Brother
  • Rosie Mortimer — Sister
  • Paul Bettany — Ex-significant Other
  • John Mortimer — Father
  • Penelope Gollop — Mother


  • University of Oxford, Lincoln College, Oxford, England (1994)

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  • Birth Name: Emily Kathleen A. Mortimer
  • Birth Place: Finsbury Park, London, England
  • Profession: Actor

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