Samantha Morton has revealed that she gets angry over the way society treats abused women.
The Harlots star was appearing on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and opened up about growing up in care homes and her mother’s mental health issues.
Speaking to host Lauren Laverne, she said as a child she was unable to live with her mum Pamela but “wouldn’t be who I am today” without her.
She added: “But I am fuming at how society behaves around mental health issues for women.”My mum had a very, very traumatic childhood. And it’s fascinating now as a mother and as a woman growing up to go ‘wow’.”
Raised in care
Samantha, 43, who was born in Nottingham, was made a ward of court after her parents divorced in 1979 as neither could look after her.
Describing her mother as “kind, subservient. vulnerable, funny” and “beautiful”, she said: “She is a saint in a way to me.
“There’s something fascinating in what I did get from her from not getting what I thought I wanted from her. I was not privy to seeing her when she was very poorly when I was very small with her mental health issues. That’s what people were rude about and mean about.”
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Samantha said her mother was abused as a child and added: “Women aren’t allowed to be angry if they’d been raped or sexually abused – things weren’t talked about.”
Morton, who has been nominated for two Oscars, told Laverne that she was sexually abused while in care and added: “People abused positions of power.”
She said she has “absolute forgiveness” and understanding for everybody who mistreated her, but will never forget what they did.
“I think that people in a professional role have a duty of care, not only to the children that they’re looking after, to do their jobs properly.
“And I think a lot of people failed in those jobs in regards to me and many of my friends, my foster siblings, my siblings, and I just wish certain individuals would put their hands up and say, ‘Yeah, we were wrong, we could have done better.’
“But people don’t want to admit any liability in the culture that we are now because it’s like, people get sued or… what’s that gonna achieve?”
Unless people say, ‘We got it wrong, we want to get it right’, how are we going to change?”