Actress Samantha Morton has been left devastated after learning the step-father she has been attempting to track down died four years ago.
The Oscar-nominee published a heart-felt letter in British magazine Port this week (beg28Feb11) appealing for help contacting her step-father, referred to only as "Frank", but believed to be her mother's second husband, Frank Braidwood.
Morton, who spent much of her youth in and out of foster care, reveals her mum, Pamela, told her Frank had died, and when she found out that was untrue, she became determined to find him and hired a private detective to help.
In the letter, addressed to Frank, Morton wrote, "I miss you so much it hurts and I have to be strong. Really strong... I am imagining everything is well and that you are angry and don't want to speak with me and that is why you haven't tried to contact me in all these years. I said some very hurtful things when we last spoke. I am sorry... I want you to know that I forgive you. Forgive you for everything. I wish you could meet my family - I know you would be so proud of me."
Reporters for Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper successfully traced Braidwood's son, also named Frank, who revealed his father died in 2007 after contracting the deadly Mrsa virus while in hospital receiving treatment for prostate cancer.
The younger Braidwood claimed he had attempted to contact Morton to inform her of Frank's passing, but could not reach her.
He tells the publication, "I tried to contact Samantha about the funeral, but I couldn’t get a message to her through Facebook. I wanted her to know and be there."
The publication reports Morton has been told the sad news, but declined to comment.