Naomi Watts

Biography

Naomi Watts had already been a working actress for over a decade when she earned notice as a promising newcomer in David Lynch's Cannes Film Festival prizewinner Mulholland Drive (2001).

Born September 28th, 1968, Watts began acting in her teens, landing her first film role in For Love Alone (1986). Watts subsequently appeared with future Hollywood headliners Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton in John Duigan's disarming teen romance Flirting (1991). Watts's next film with Duigan, Wide Sargasso Sea (1992), was not so well received. After her first taste of Hollywood with Joe Dante's schlock movie homage Matinee (1992), Watts nabbed a starring role as Jimmy Smits's disturbed student in George Miller's little seen courtroom drama Gross Misconduct (1993). Watts then starred as Jet Girl to Lori Petty's Tank Girl (1995), but the science fiction fantasy suffered an ignominious box office fate. After a series of TV movies and thrillers, including Sleepwalkers (1997) and Children of the Corn IV (1996), Watts appeared in Marshall Herskovitz's high-toned Venetian courtesan costumer Dangerous Beauty (1998) and successful TV docudrama The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999). Watts's breakthrough finally arrived when David Lynch cast her in his ABC pilot Mulholland Drive. Though ABC canceled the project in 1999 after Lynch turned in a typically mood-drenched work, StudioCanal financed its transformation into a feature that debuted to acclaim at Cannes in 2001. A Los Angeles dreamscape akin to Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive featured Watts as the blonde half of a female duo caught in a mystery of shifting identities. Drawing attention for her not-for-network TV love scene with co-star Laura Harring, Watts also earned praise as a rising "new" actress.

Though ignored for an Oscar nomination, Watts's tour-de-force dual performance earned her numerous accolades and critics' awards, igniting her career. Working steadily in the wake of Mulholland Drive, Watts scored a box-office as well as critical success a year later with The Ring (2002), the Hollywood remake of the Japanese horror blockbuster. Starring Watts as an intrepid reporter investigating the origins of a lethal videotape, The Ring overcame studio doubts to become a sleeper hit, solidifying Watts's new star status. Watts subsequently donned period dress for the Showtime western The Outsider (2002), and to co-star alongside fellow Aussie Heath Ledger in The Kelly Gang (2003). Balancing her genre work with potentially headier fare guided by notable directors, Watts also appeared with Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing in the Merchant-Ivory romantic comedy Le Divorce (2003), and won a leading role opposite formidable actors Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams (2003).

Naomi Watts had already been a working actress for over a decade when she earned notice as a promising newcomer in David Lynch's Cannes Film Festival prizewinner Mulholland Drive (2001).

Born September 28th, 1968, Watts began acting in her teens, landing her first film role in For Love Alone (1986). Watts subsequently appeared with future Hollywood headliners Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton in John Duigan's disarming teen romance Flirting (1991). Watts's next film with Duigan, Wide Sargasso Sea (1992), was not so well received. After her first taste of Hollywood with Joe Dante's schlock movie homage Matinee (1992), Watts nabbed a starring role as Jimmy Smits's disturbed student in George Miller's little seen courtroom drama Gross Misconduct (1993). Watts then starred as Jet Girl to Lori Petty's Tank Girl (1995), but the science fiction fantasy suffered an ignominious box office fate. After a series of TV movies and thrillers, including Sleepwalkers (1997) and Children of the Corn IV (1996), Watts appeared in Marshall Herskovitz's high-toned Venetian courtesan costumer Dangerous Beauty (1998) and successful TV docudrama The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999). Watts's breakthrough finally arrived when David Lynch cast her in his ABC pilot Mulholland Drive. Though ABC canceled the project in 1999 after Lynch turned in a typically mood-drenched work, StudioCanal financed its transformation into a feature that debuted to acclaim at Cannes in 2001. A Los Angeles dreamscape akin to Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive featured Watts as the blonde half of a female duo caught in a mystery of shifting identities. Drawing attention for her not-for-network TV love scene with co-star Laura Harring, Watts also earned praise as a rising "new" actress.

Though ignored for an Oscar nomination, Watts's tour-de-force dual performance earned her numerous accolades and critics' awards, igniting her career. Working steadily in the wake of Mulholland Drive, Watts scored a box-office as well as critical success a year later with The Ring (2002), the Hollywood remake of the Japanese horror blockbuster. Starring Watts as an intrepid reporter investigating the origins of a lethal videotape, The Ring overcame studio doubts to become a sleeper hit, solidifying Watts's new star status. Watts subsequently donned period dress for the Showtime western The Outsider (2002), and to co-star alongside fellow Aussie Heath Ledger in The Kelly Gang (2003). Balancing her genre work with potentially headier fare guided by notable directors, Watts also appeared with Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing in the Merchant-Ivory romantic comedy Le Divorce (2003), and won a leading role opposite formidable actors Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams (2003).

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Gender Female

Known Credits 80

Birthday 1968-09-28

Place of Birth Shoreham, Kent, England, UK

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Ascendant as Evelyn
2016 Holland, Michigan
2016 The Book of Henry as Susan Parpenter
2016 The Sea of Trees as Joan Brennan
2016 Demolition as Karen Moreno
2016 Allegiant as Evelyn
2016 Shut In
2015 About Ray as Maggie
2015 While We're Young as Cornelia
2015 Insurgent as Evelyn
2014 Birdman as Lesley
2014 St. Vincent as Daka
2013 Diana as Princess Diana
2013 Sunlight Jr. as Melissa
2013 Adore as Lil
2013 Movie 43 as Samantha (segment "Homeschooled")
2012 The Impossible as Maria
2011 Woody Allen: A Documentary as Herself
2011 J. Edgar as Helen Gandy
2011 Dream House as Ann Patterson
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger as Sally
2010 Fair Game as Valerie Plame
2009 Mother and Child as Elizabeth
2009 The International as Eleanor Whitman
2007 Funny Games as Ann
2007 Eastern Promises as Anna Khitrova
2006 The Painted Veil as Kitty Fane
2006 Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong' as Herself
2005 King Kong as Ann Darrow
2005 King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries as Herself
2005 Stay as Lila Culpepper
2005 The Ring Two as Rachel Keller
2005 Ellie Parker as Ellie Parker
2004 I Heart Huckabees as Dawn Campbell
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon as Marie Bicke
2004 The Making of: Mulholland Drive as Herself
2004 We Don't Live Here Anymore as Edith Evans
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(2 episodes)
2003 21 Grams as Cristina Peck
2003 Le Divorce as Roxeanne de Persand
2003 Celebrities Uncensored(1 episode)
2003 Ned Kelly as Julia Cook
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2002 The Ring as Rachel Keller
2002 Undertaking Betty as Meredith Mainwaring
2002 Icons(1 episode)
2002 Rabbits as Suzie
2002 The Outsider as Rebecca Yoder
2001 Mulholland Drive as Betty Elms
2001 Down as Jennifer Evans
2000 The Wyvern Mystery as Alice Fairfield
1999 The Early Show(3 episodes)
1999 Strange Planet as Alice
1999 The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer as Holly Maddux
1999 Mulholland Dr.
1998 The Christmas Wish as Renee
1998 Dangerous Beauty as Giulia De Lezze
1997 Sleepwalkers(9 episodes) as Kate Russell
1997 Under the Lighthouse Dancing as Louise
1997 The View(1 episode)
1996 Persons Unknown as Molly
1996 Timepiece as Mary Chandler
1996 Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering as Grace Rhodes
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1995 Tank Girl as Jet Girl
1994 Inside the Actors Studio(1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1993 The Custodian as Louise
1993 Gross Misconduct as Jennifer Carter
1993 Matinee as Shopping Cart Starlet
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(4 episodes)
1991 Brides of Christ(6 episodes) as Frances Heffernan
1991 Flirting as Janet Odgers
1987 Hey Dad..!(3 episodes) as Belinda Lawrence
1986 For Love Alone as Leo's Girlfriend
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)
1952 Today(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(3 episodes)
1929 The Academy Awards(3 episodes) as Naomi Watts
1900 The Bleeder as Linda Wepner
1900 The Glass Castle as Rose Mary Walls

Production

2015 About Ray … Executive Producer
2013 Adore … Executive Producer
2007 Funny Games … Executive Producer
2006 The Painted Veil … Producer

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