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Naomi Watts

1968-09-28 Shoreham, Kent, England, UK

Image of Naomi Watts


Naomi 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).


Boss Level Jemma Wells 2020-12-31
The Wolf Hour June Leigh 2019-01-26
Ophelia Gertrude / Mechtild 2019-06-28
Luce Amy Edgar 2019-08-02
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal Herself (archive footage) 2018-08-21
Vice News Anchor 2018-12-25
I Am Heath Ledger Herself 2017-04-23
Chuck Linda Wepner 2017-05-05
The Glass Castle Rose Mary Walls 2017-08-10
A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth Herself 2017-12-20
Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers Herself 2017-12-05
The Book of Henry Susan Carpenter 2017-06-16
Demolition Karen Moreno 2016-04-06
Allegiant Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2016-03-09
Shut In Mary Portman 2016-11-11
3 Generations Maggie 2016-10-27
The Sea of Trees Joan Brennan 2016-04-27
Insurgent Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2015-03-18
Birdman: All-Access (A View From the Wings) Herself 2015-05-18
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Lesley Truman 2014-08-27
St. Vincent Daka Parimova 2014-10-09
While We're Young Cornelia Schrebnick 2014-09-28
Sunlight Jr. Melissa 2013-04-20
Adore Lil 2013-04-03
Movie 43 Samantha (segment "Homeschooled") 2013-01-01
Diana Princess Diana 2013-09-19
Lo imposible Maria Bennett 2012-09-09
Wide-Awake The Makeup Artist 2012-12-07
Dream House Ann Patterson 2011-09-30
J. Edgar Helen Gandy 2011-11-09
Woody Allen: A Documentary Herself 2011-11-20
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Sally 2010-05-23
Fair Game Valerie Plame 2010-05-20
The International Eleanor Whitman 2009-02-03
Mother and Child Elizabeth 2009-11-07
Funny Games Ann Farber 2007-10-20
Vanity Fair: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die The Skirt 2007-01-01
Eastern Promises Anna Ivanova Khitrova 2007-09-14
The Eighth Blunder of the World Herself 2006-11-14
Inland Empire Suzie Rabbit (voice) 2006-09-06
Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong' Herself 2006-11-14
The Painted Veil Kitty Fane 2006-12-09
King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries Herself 2005-12-13
Stay Lila Culpepper 2005-09-24
King Kong Ann Darrow 2005-12-12
Ellie Parker Ellie Parker 2005-01-21
The Ring Two Rachel Keller 2005-03-17
The Assassination of Richard Nixon Marie Bicke 2004-05-17
The Making of: Mulholland Drive Herself 2004-04-05
We Don't Live Here Anymore Edith Evans 2004-01-20
I ♥ Huckabees Dawn Campbell 2004-09-10
Le Divorce Roxeanne de Persand 2003-08-08
21 Grams Cristina Peck 2003-09-06
Ned Kelly Julia Cook 2003-03-22
Down Jennifer Evans 2002-01-23
The Outsider Rebecca Yoder 2002-01-01
Rabbits Suzie 2002-01-01
Undertaking Betty Meredith Mainwaring 2002-12-04
The Ring Rachel Keller 2002-10-18
Never Date an Actress The Shallow Girlfriend 2001-01-01
Mulholland Drive Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn 2001-09-08
Ellie Parker Ellie Parker 2001-01-19
The Wyvern Mystery Alice Fairfield 2000-10-12
BlueBOB: Thank You, Judge Wife 1999-12-31
The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Holly Maddux 1999-05-09
Strange Planet Alice 1999-10-06
Mulholland Dr. 1999-01-01
Dangerous Beauty Giulia De Lezze 1998-02-20
The Christmas Wish Renee 1998-12-06
Under the Lighthouse Dancing Louise 1997-10-15
Timepiece Mary Chandler 1996-12-22
The Bermuda Triangle Amanda 1996-01-01
Persons Unknown Molly 1996-12-27
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering Grace Rhodes 1996-10-08
Tank Girl Jet Girl 1995-03-31
The Custodian Louise 1994-03-17
Matinee Shopping Cart Starlet 1993-01-29
Gross Misconduct Jennifer Carter 1993-07-29
Flirting Janet Odgers 1991-03-20
For Love Alone Leo's Girlfriend 1986-05-22
Penguin Bloom Sam Bloom
The Burning Season June Engle
Once Upon a Time in Staten Island