Samantha Morton has publicly apologised for threatening a girl with a knife when she was a 14-year-old growing up in care.
The Harlots star spoke about her past struggles on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs where she opened up on the incident that saw her charged with attempted murder.
Morton said the older girl had bullied her at the care home they both lived in and on one occasion she came home from a rave to find a nine-year-old boy had been "pimped", believing the girl to be responsible.
“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. And I regret it and I am sorry,” she disclosed.
She subsequently spent three days confined in adult cells.
“I was mortified. And I’m sorry to her. 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. We were not safe,” the now 43-year-old shared.
Morton reiterated that she was "incredibly sorry" and that she had been "angry at the system".
The Walking Dead actor went to discuss her parents as she described her late mother as “kind, subservient, vulnerable, funny, beautiful,” before hitting out at the way her mental health issues were treated. Morton added her mother had a "very traumatic childhood".
She remarked that she has “huge amount of love and respect” for “elements” of her father's parenting but was critical of his temper and the "hidings" he gave.
Morton is parent to 20-year-old daughter Esme, also an actor, whom she shares with Charlie Creed-Miles and a daughter Edie, 12, and an eight-year-old son Theodore with filmmaker Harry Holm.
With additional reporting by PA.
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