The Walking Dead star Samantha Morton apologises to girl she threatened with knife at age 14: ‘I snapped’


Samantha Morton was convicted of threats to kill over the incident (Picture: Getty Images)

The Walking Dead star Samantha Morton has publicly apologises to the girl she threatened with a knife when she was 14, admitting that she’s ‘mortified’ by her actions. 

Samantha, 43, moved around care homes in Nottingham when she was a young child and lived with various foster families. 

In one home, she decided to take a stand against an older girl who she thought was bullying the other children. 

The Oscar-winning actress confronted the bully with a knife one night after taking drugs and partying. She was later convicted of threats to kill.

Opening up about the incident, Samantha said on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: ‘One girl was bullying other kids and I was fed up of being beaten up. I had taken, sadly, some drugs and had been away to some rave somewhere. 

‘I got back and there was a boy who had been pimped at nine years old. I thought it was the girl who had been doing it and I snapped.’ 

‘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,’ she recalled. 

The actress had a troubled childhood living in care homes (Picture: Getty Images)

Offering a public apology, Samantha added: ‘And I regret it and I am sorry. 

‘I’m sorry to her. I was in the cells for three days, adult solitary confinement as a child. I was mortified…  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, the telly. We were not safe.’ 

The Oscar-winning actress explained that the conditions were so bad at the care home that there were two members of staff on-duty for around 14 children. She added that one of the staff members was just 19 themselves. 

Samantha added of her past behaviour: ‘I’m incredibly sorry. It wasn’t self-defence, I was angry at the system.’ 

The actress, who currently stars in hit zombie series The Walking Dead, also revealed that she was still living in care homes when she got her big break on TV drama Peak Practice in 1994. 

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