Samantha Morton plays the Serpent Queen herself, Catherine de’ Medici, and the actor’s role as the Machiavellian Medici isn’t his first turn at wearing a crown. In 2007, Morton played the unfortunate Scottish queen Mary Stuart in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”. She has also appeared in a number of other films, including “Minority Report”, “The Libertine”, Synecdoche, New York”, “John Carter” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. appeared in ‘The Whale’, a film notable for earning Brendan Fraser wide critical acclaim.
Millennials may recognize Morton’s voice from her role as Ruby in Rosemary Wells’ “Max & Ruby” children’s series, which aired on Nick Jr. in the early 2000s. On the other end of the entertainment spectrum, Morton starred as 18th-century Madame Margaret Wells on Hulu’s “Harlots,” telling Decider she relished the madam’s “really dirty, dark sense of humor” and found the script “just brilliant.” She went on to play the completely maniacal leader of Whisperer Alpha in “The Walking Dead,” a role that earned her praise from critics like Collider’s Vinnie Mancuso, who praised the “unpredictable performance” and “energy there.” from Morton, comparing the role to “Marlon Brando’s psychotically magnetic Colonel Walter Kurtz.” In many ways, her role in “The Serpent Queen” comes across as a marriage between Alpha’s ruthless, unpredictable nature and Margaret Wells’ cynical, sarcastic pragmatism, making it one of her most delightful performances to date. this day.