Naomi Watts
Birthday: 1968-09-28
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).
Career History
Being Produced
The Burning Season as June Engle
Whisper To A Scream as Elizabeth Moore
Penguin Bloom as Sam Bloom
The Desperate Hour as Amy Carr
This Is the Night as Marie Dedea
Boss Level as Jemma Wells
The Wolf Hour as June Leigh
Ophelia as Gertrude / Mechtild
Luce as Amy Edgar
The Book of Henry as Susan Carpenter
Chuck as Linda Wepner
The Glass Castle as Rose Mary Walls
Shut In as Mary Portman
Demolition as Karen Moreno
3 Generations as Maggie
Allegiant as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
The Sea of Trees as Joan Brennan
While We're Young as Cornelia Schrebnick
Insurgent as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
Adore as Lil
Diana as Princess Diana
Sunlight Jr. as Melissa
Movie 43 as Samantha (segment "Homeschooled")
The Impossible as Maria Bennett
Wide-Awake as The Makeup Artist
Dream House as Ann Patterson
J. Edgar as Helen Gandy
Fair Game as Valerie Plame
Mother and Child as Elizabeth
The International as Eleanor Whitman
Funny Games as Ann Farber
Eastern Promises as Anna Ivanovna Khitrova
King Kong as Ann Darrow
The Ring Two as Rachel Keller
Ellie Parker as Ellie Parker
Stay as Lila Culpepper
Le Divorce as Roxeanne de Persand
21 Grams as Cristina
Ned Kelly as Julia Cook
The Ring as Rachel Keller
The Outsider as Rebecca Yoder
Undertaking Betty as Meredith Mainwaring
Rabbits as Suzie
Mulholland Drive as Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn
Down as Jennifer Evans
Never Date an Actress as The Shallow Girlfriend
Ellie Parker as Ellie Parker
The Wyvern Mystery as Alice Fairfield
Dangerous Beauty as Giulia De Lezze
Babe: Pig in the City as Additional Voices (voice)
Timepiece as Mary Chandler
Persons Unknown as Molly
Tank Girl as Jet Girl
The Custodian as Louise
Gross Misconduct as Jennifer Carter
Wide Sargasso Sea as Fanny Grey
Matinee as Shopping Cart Starlet
Flirting as Janet Odgers
For Love Alone as Leo's Girlfriend