Actress Samantha Morton reveals she was charged with attempted murder as a teenager

Samantha Morton

Criminal record: Samantha Morton revealed she was convicted of threats to kill as a teenager

Actress Samantha Morton has admitted she was charged with attempted murder and convicted of threats to kill at the age of 14.

The 31-year-old revealed she was in a children's home in Nottingham when she threatened to kill a girl who had bullied her.

Samantha has just directed her first film The Unloved, which is based on her tough childhood growing up in care. 

The Nottingham-born actress was sent to a care home at age three after her parents split up.

By the age of 16, she was battling a drug problem.

The award-winning actress told The Guardian newspaper that she picked up a knife and threatened to kill an older girl during a riot at the children's home.

She said: 'I was physically abused and I retaliated.

'The only person I hurt in the end was myself.

'I was locked in a cell for three days. It was terrible.

'I just sat there thinking, I don't want this life - I'm not a petty criminal. I'm not a thug. I was so ashamed of myself.'

The initial charge of attempted murder was reduced to threats to kill.

She was sentenced to 18 weeks at an attendance centre, and said it turned her life round.

In the interview, in Weekend magazine, Morton said in future she hoped to work with children in care.

'What shocks me is that so many people leave care and become homeless, and when you're homeless you get into crime, prostitution and drugs, and it's a vicious circle. That's what we need to change.'

The mother-of-two won a Golden Globe award last year for her portrayal of Myra Hindley in Tom Hopper's Channel 4 film Longford. She has also been nominated for an Oscar twice.