is far from her Midlands home, where she moved from London seven years ago. She’s in Georgia, filming The Walking Dead
, where she’s playing lead baddie, the cunning and sadistic Alpha. But the actress, who has won both a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, and stars in Minority Report
and Jane Eyre
, shares seemingly few of the characteristics of Alpha – the leader of a group of survivors who dress in zombie skin and shun civilisation and humanity. "Sorry, can you hear the lawnmower behind me?" she apologises. We are here to talk about her new film, Two For Joy
. Written and directed by Tom Beard, it’s a delicate and unnervingly intimate portrait of a family’s trip to the seaside. The film – Beard’s debut – tells the story of Aisha (Morton), a woman who is suffering from grief, anxiety and depression following the death of her partner, and her two kids – thoughtful and sweet Vi (played by Emilia Jones), who is seemingly constantly plugged into Duolingo, and her younger brother Troy, who is navigating the tumultuous beginnings of puberty. Vi begs Aisha to take her to the seaside for a weekend break in their late dad’s caravan, as if getting away from their gritty council house, where Aisha struggles with each minute of the day under a heavy blanket of medication, will provide an escape into normality. It doesn’t really but what it does provide them with is a transgressive experience; here they meet Lias, the site manager of the caravan park, his sister, Lillah, played by Billie Piper, and her daughter Miranda, who begins a friendship with Troy that ultimately becomes destructive.