Actress Samantha Morton has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Nottingham.

The Clifton-born actress, has been made a Doctor of Letters in a ceremony alongside hundreds of students who were graduating.

Samantha Morton attending the twenty-first British Independent Film Awards Credit: PA Images

Morton has spoken openly about the nine years she spent in the care system in Nottinghamshire after being a ward of court when she was eight years old.

She found global recognition when she was cast opposite Tom Cruise in the Steven Spielberg-directed sci-fi thriller Minority Report before going on to star in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Walking Dead.

Samantha Morton with her QI Best Performance Award Credit: PA Images

Her talent has been recognised with accolades including Academy Award nominations for her performances in Sweet and Lowdown and In America, a Golden Globe Award for her role in Longford and a BAFTA for her semi-autobiographical directorial debut, the 2009 TV film The Unloved.

Throughout her career, Morton's personal experiences have seen her lend her voice to victims of sexual abuse and she has supported the Fostering Network's annual campaign Foster Care Fortnight.

She received her honorary degree from the university's Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West.

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