Naomi Watts

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Age: 45
Birthplace: Shoreham, Kent, England, UK

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).

In 2004, Watts worked opposite Mark Ruffalo for the independent film We Don't Live Here Anymore, and reteamed with Sean Penn for The Assassination of Richard Nixon. She landed the starring role of Ann Darrow in director Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong (2006), and starred in the 2006 remake of The Painted Veil. Watts was praised for her work as a British midwife who accidentally gets involved in the Russian mafia in director David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Eastern Promises. Watts starred along with Clive Owen in 2009's The International, for which she played the part of an assistant district attorney who participates in a plan to rob a bank, and co-starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Benning, and Kerry Washington for the drama Mother and Child. Watts was later cast in Dream House (2011), a thriller starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2011 biopic J. Edgar. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

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Movie Character Year
Htgczui3nydhqtwck5qggrtwg3q Tank Girl Jet Gir 1995
Yurcnpp5hpk1735rrmuynvfq6lk Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering Grace Rhodes 1996
Ircedb2gfskzcqihpem2bzimx7i Under the Lighthouse Dancing Louise 1997
Vsgdmtsjad2yzrs73nuj4ikpqjq Dangerous Beauty Giulia De Lezze 1998
Sjr7pukm9tu3geoxhsftdyszbyv The Christmas Wish Renee 1998
Wzppndqqdxejdok8nq0z1sx9nhl The Wyvern Mystery Alice Fairfield 2000
Fmc8jbwx2vjsj53jopacfjqmlyv Mulholland Drive Betty Elms 2001
Qekiit6fr3mniztrtaglwa0o2yr The Ring Rachel Keller 2002
Qniotf6qsbijdkdjhp6wifnhnq8 Ned Kelly Julia Cook 2003
O7jrhg1ebjuaunswpi4dmu2c0sh Le Divorce Roxeanne de Persand 2003
Aps7gzryijzkhnt524rsg4jaxej 21 Grams Cristina Peck 2003
4ykwajssmc2mhajye4c5xuizbz3 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Marie Bicke 2004
Ixbon4knr5kn72ui1zewbbzldoe I Heart Huckabees Dawn Campbell 2004
3dxcatrudduijbygcckhaodrwbh The Ring Two Rachel Keller 2005
Jpb0yow9lsbvwfas6zsj2b4kfmn Stay Lila Culpepper 2005
Apfitexs1a4jkch40ewb1ceyy48 Plots with a View Meredith Mainwaring 2005
Owjlhgyqlubsehh45phlhylug0z King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries Himself 2005
Mcf9yosc0uyifx9qvzun8t6cap8 King Kong Ann Darrow 2005
5jxwb59th5vs3knx0ulhdyxxpjc The Painted Veil Kitty Fane 2006
Py4xprz0z6pu5n3bs06hlz7fsy Eastern Promises Anna Khitrova 2007
Eyyqrggnejpoqulbyadbw2abjwo Funny Games Ann 2007
4cq33d6kmbrwhfgnb9qtu6cj8cx The International Eleanor Whitman 2009
Ye8uba2fkmfagmpennoo0cpyj7d Fair Game Valerie Plame 2010
Qn18b06ehnunh2hhsflenttz3of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Sally 2010
Fboa3in1tpydgnxleye7rvobmsw Dream House Ann Patterson 2011
Upaco9i21lb5lg7ovf51m3lipcv J. Edgar Helen Gandy 2011
S2fkqwihpmzzoszzdohwfexfl3o The Impossible Maria 2012
8jilcz2x2fjqizihe7oihgfw4y0 Movie 43 2013
Svvglhrtngsrp0dvoqyuqzgm1zc Adore Lil 2013
7tjtd5bpouxo9xowrxtlodmpexx Diana Princess Diana 2013
Miwsgnfywc2ymxmulh5qmvgttqo Sunlight Jr. Melissa 2013
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Popcorn While We're Young 2015