Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Mortimer 'stressed' by acting jobs

Emily Mortimer, 42, has appeared in Shutter Island and Harry Brown
Emily Mortimer, 42, has appeared in Shutter Island and Harry Brown

Despite a long and varied acting career, Emily Mortimer has said she is always stressed about every job she does and is convinced she will get fired.

The 42-year-old actress, who has appeared in Shutter Island and Harry Brown, currently has a role in the popular political drama series The Newsroom.

She is also co-creating and starring in the comedy series Doll & Em with her long-term friend Dolly Wells.

But speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, she said her paranoia may have more to do with the privileges she enjoyed growing up, rather than her acting.

Daughter of John Mortimer, famous QC and screenwriter, she was educated at the prestigious St Paul's Girls' School in London, and always worried it was because of him that she was accepted at the school.

"I'm always paranoid and completely stressed out about any job I do. I'm convinced I'm terrible and I'm going to get fired," she said.

"I remember someone at school saying: 'You only got in because your dad's John Mortimer', and a part of that may be true."

But she said once she started at the school her father gave her extensive help with homework, writing most of her essays.

She also said he instilled in her a love of theatre as he always wanted to be an actor himself.

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