Naomi Watts

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Personal Info


Known For Acting

Known Credits 110

Gender Female

Birthday 1968-09-28 (52 years old)

Place of Birth Shoreham, Kent, England, UK

Biography

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 customer 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 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).

Acting

Wolves and Villagers (1 episode)—Goodnight MommyInfinite Storm as Pam Bales—The Burning Season as June Engle—LakewoodOnce Upon a Time in Staten Island
2021 Boss Level as Jemma Wells 2021 Penguin Bloom as Sam Bloom
2020 Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo (7 episodes) as Narrator
2019 Luce as Amy Edgar 2019 The Loudest Voice (5 episodes) as Gretchen Carlson2019 Ophelia as Gertrude / Mechtild2019The Wolf Hour as June Leigh
2018 Vice as News Anchor 2018 Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal as Herself (archive footage)
2017 A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth as  Not Pick Up Hitchhikers as Herself 2017 The Glass Castle as Rose Mary Walls2017 Gypsy (10 episodes) as Jean Holloway 2017 The Book of Henry as Susan Carpenter2017Chuck as Linda Wepner2017 I Am Heath Ledger as Herself
2016 Shut In as Mary Portman20163 Generations as Maggie2016 The Sea of Trees as Joan Brennan2016 Demolition as Karen Moreno2016Allegiant as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
2015The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (1 episode) as Self2015Birdman: All-Access (A View From the Wings) as Herself2015While We’re Young as Cornelia Schrebnick2015Insurgent as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
2014 St. Vincent as Daka Parimova2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Lesley Truman2014BoJack Horseman (1 episode) as Naomi Watts (voice)
2013-Diana as Princess Diana 2013-Sunlight Jr. as Melissa 2013-Adore as Lil 2013-Movie 43 as Samantha (segment “Homeschooled”)
2012Wide-Awake as The Makeup Artist2012The Impossible as Maria Bennett
2011Woody Allen: A Documentary as Herself2011J. Edgar as Helen Gandy2011Dream House as Ann Patterson
2010You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger as Sally2010Fair Game as Valerie Plame
2009-Mother and Child as Elizabeth2009The International as Eleanor Whitman
2008-Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (1 episode)
2007-Funny Games as Ann Farber 2007- Eastern Promises as Anna Ivanovna Khitrova 2007 Killers Kill, Dead Men Die as The Skirt
2006 Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of ‘King Kong’ as Herself
2006 The Eighth Blunder of the World as Herself
2006 Inland Empire as Suzie Rabbit (voice)2006The Painted Veil as Kitty Fane
2005 King Kong: Peter Jackson’s Production Diaries as Herself
2005 King Kong as Ann Darrow
2005 Stay as Lila Culpepper
2005 The Ring Two as Rachel Keller
2005 Ellie Parker as Ellie Parker
2004I ♥ Huckabees as Dawn Campbell
2004The Assassination of Richard Nixon as Marie Bike
2004The Making of Mulholland Drive as Herself
2004We Don’t Live Here Anymore as Edith Evans
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2 episodes) as Self
2003 Le Divorce as Roxeanne de Persand
2003 Celebrities Uncensored (1 episode) as Herself
2003 Ned Kelly as Julia Cook
2003 21 Grams as Cristina Peck
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (1 episode)
2002Undertaking Betty as Meredith Mainwaring2002The Ring as Rachel Keller2002Icons (1 episode)2002Rabbits as Suzie2002The Outsider as Rebecca Yoder
2001Down as Jennifer Evans2001Mulholland Drive as Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn2001Ellie Parker as Ellie Parker2001Never Date an Actress as The Shallow Girlfriend
2000The Wyvern Mystery as Alice Fairfield
1999The Early Show (3 episodes)1999Strange Planet as Alice1999The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer as Holly Maddux1999Mulholland Dr.
1998The Christmas Wish as Renee1998Dangerous Beauty as Giulia De Lezze
1997Sleepwalkers (9 episodes) as Kate Russell1997Under the Lighthouse Dancing as Louise1997The View (1 episode)
1996Persons Unknown as Molly1996Timepiece as Mary Chandler1996Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering as Grace Rhodes1996The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1 episode)1996The Bermuda Triangle as Amanda
1995Tank Girl as Jet Girl
1994Inside the Actors Studio (1 episode)1994The Custodian as Louise
1993Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1 episode)1993Gross Misconduct as Jennifer Carter1993Matinee as Shopping Cart Starlet
1992The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (4 episodes)
1991Brides of Christ (5 episodes) as Frances Heffernan1991Flirting as Janet Odgers
1990Twin Peaks (10 episodes) as Janey-E Jones
1988LIVE with Kelly and Ryan(1 episode) as Self – Guest(1 episode)
1987Hey Dad..! (174 episodes) as Belinda Lawrence
1986For Love Alone as Leo’s Girlfriend
1966Goldene Kamera Verleihung (1 episode) as himself
1953 The Oscars (3 episodes)
1952 Today (1 episode)

Production

Goodnight Mommy … Executive Producer—Infinite Storm … Producer—Lakewood … Producer—Once Upon a Time in Staten Island … Executive Producer
2021Penguin Bloom … Producer
2016 3 Generations … Executive Producer
2013 Adore … Executive Producer
2007 Funny Games … Executive Producer
2006 The Painted Veil … Producer
2004 We Don’t Live Here Anymore … Producer

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