Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

  • Born on
    • September 28th, 1968
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).

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Acting (64 Credits)

2020Penguin Bloom as Sam Bloom
2020Boss Level as Jemma Wells
2019The Wolf Hour as June Leigh
2019Luce as Amy Edgar
2018Ophelia as Gertrude / Mechtild
2018Vice as News Anchor
2017The Book of Henry as Susan Carpenter
2017The Glass Castle as Rose Mary Walls
2017Gypsy as Jean Holloway
2016Shut In as Mary Portman
2016Chuck as Linda Wepner
2016Allegiant as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
2015Demolition as Karen Moreno
2015The Sea of Trees as Joan Brennan
20153 Generations as Maggie
2015The Divergent Series: Insurgent as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
2014While We're Young as Cornelia Schrebnick
2014St. Vincent as Daka Parimova
2014Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as Lesley Truman
2013Adore as Lil
2013Diana as Princess Diana
2013Sunlight Jr. as Melissa
2013Movie 43 as Samantha (segment "Homeschooled")
2012The Impossible as Maria Bennett
2011Dream House as Ann Patterson
2011J. Edgar as Helen Gandy
2010Fair Game as Valerie Plame
2010You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger as Sally
2009Mother and Child as Elizabeth
2009The International as Eleanor Whitman
2007Eastern Promises as Anna Ivanovna Khitrova
2007Funny Games as Ann Farber
2006The Painted Veil as Kitty Fane
2006Inland Empire as Suzie Rabbit (voice)
2005The Ring Two as Rachel Keller
2005Ellie Parker as Ellie Parker
2005King Kong as Ann Darrow
2005Stay as Lila Culpepper
2004We Don't Live Here Anymore as Edith Evans
2004The Assassination of Richard Nixon as Marie Bicke
2004I Heart Huckabees as Dawn Campbell
200321 Grams as Cristina Peck
2003The Divorce as Roxeanne de Persand
2003Ned Kelly as Julia Cook
2002The Ring as Rachel Keller
2002The Outsider as Rebecca Yoder
2002Undertaking Betty as Meredith Mainwaring
2002Rabbits as Suzie
2001Mulholland Drive as Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn
2001The Shaft as Jennifer Evans
2000The Wyvern Mystery as Alice Fairfield
1999Strange Planet as Alice
1999The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer as Holly Maddux
1999Mulholland Dr.
1998The Christmas Wish as Renee
1998Dangerous Beauty as Giulia De Lezze
1998Babe: Pig in the City as Additional Voices (voice)
1996Children of the Corn: The Gathering as Grace Rhodes
1996Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle as Amanda
1996Persons Unknown as Molly
1995Tank Girl as Jet Girl
1993Wide Sargasso Sea as Fanny Grey
1993Matinee as Shopping Cart Starlet
1991Flirting as Janet Odgers

Herself (2 Credits)

2017I Am Heath Ledger as Herself
2011Woody Allen: A Documentary as Herself


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