Samantha has had an extensive career as an actress working in theatre, film, TV and radio. Samantha’s West End Theatre credits include Juliet opposite Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo, and later Beatrice opposite Branagh’s Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Three Tall Women with Dame Maggie Smith, Amy in Amy’s View opposite Dame Judi Dench, Lady Macbeth opposite Sean Bean, the title role in A Woman of No Importance, Lady Driver in Donkey’s Years, Hannah in Arcadia, Mrs Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, Mrs Prentice in What The Butler Saw, Nell in Passion Play and most recently Muriel Eubanks in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
At the Royal Shakespeare Company she played Rosalind in As You Like It and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale.
In recent years Samantha has played leading roles on television in Home Fires, Downton Abbey, Fanny Hill, Outnumbered, Distant Shores, Donovan, Larkrise, Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders. On film she is best known as Moneypenny in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
A passionate supporter of the charity sector, Samantha has been an Ambassador of Macmillan Cancer Support for over 15 years, and has also been an active Ambassador of The Prince’s Trust, and a supporter of ActionAid for a similar amount of time.
Samantha is a long-standing Patron of Shooting Star Chase, and has recently been appointed Patron to Mothers2Mothers and React. She is also Vice-Chair of The Royal Theatrical Fund.