Samantha Morton stars in Hulu’s, Harlots, as a brothel owner struggling to reconcile her role as a fierce businesswoman and mother to two daughters. Multi-award-winning British actress, Morton, first came to the attention of international film audiences in 1997 starring in Carine Adler’s harrowing feature, UNDER THE SKIN. Since then, Morton has starred in many different films and television series including Woody Allen’s SWEET AND LOWDOWN, Lynne Ramsay’s highly acclaimed MORVERN CALLAR, MINORITY REPORT, IN AMERICA, LONGFORD, and CONTROL. Morton has received numerous Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA nominations throughout her career as well as a Best Actress Golden Globe for her performance in LONGFORD.
Margaret Wells is at the centre of our world. Shrewd, indomitable and humorous, Margaret has risen up from the streets. She is proud of the way she runs her family and her house, tough and loving in equal measure. She is hungry for success and thrilled when she achieves it – even when her ambition begins to threaten everything she cares for.
Margaret is the product of generations of whoring. She runs a popular middleDclass brothel in Covent Garden. She works hard to find new clients and to keep her position on Fortune’s slippery wheel. This is becoming increasingly difficult as Covent Garden isn’t the hotDspot it once was. Margaret retains a bruised humanity. She uses laughter as a weapon and a shield. She treats her employees fairly, by the standards of the day. Although she takes a massive cut of everything that they earn, she encourages them not to drink and to save their money. This gives Margaret’s house its good atmosphere D the women are there by choice and they earn a decent living. She is ambitious for herself, hoping to exploit London’s property boom with a move to Soho D a more fashionable and expensive area. She is also deeply ambitious for her two daughters.