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Naomi Watts

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).

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Sep 28, 1968 In Shoreham, Kent, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Holland, Michigan
Latest Project:
Movie Once Upon a Time in Staten Island 2021
Known For
Poster of Fair Game
Poster of The International
Poster of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Movie Holland, Michigan 2021
Movie Once Upon a Time in Staten Island 2021
Movie The Burning Season June Engle 2019
Movie The Wolf Hour June Leigh 2019-01-26
Movie Luce Amy Edgar 2019-08-02
Movie Vice News Anchor 2018-12-25
Movie Ophelia Gertrude / Mechtild 2018-01-22
Movie I Am Heath Ledger Herself 2017-04-23
Movie Chuck Linda Wepner 2017-05-05
Movie The Glass Castle Rose Mary Walls 2017-08-10
Movie The Book of Henry Susan Carpenter 2017-06-16
Series Gypsy Jean Holloway 2017-06-30
Movie Allegiant Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2016-03-09
Movie Shut In Mary Portman 2016-11-11
Movie The Sea of Trees Joan Brennan 2016-04-27
Movie 3 Generations Maggie 2016-10-27
Movie Insurgent Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2015-03-18
Movie Demolition Karen Moreno 2015-09-10
Series BoJack Horseman Naomi Watts (voice) 2014-08-22
Movie While We're Young Cornelia Schrebnick 2014-09-28
Movie Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Lesley Truman 2014-08-27
Movie St. Vincent Daka Parimova 2014-10-09
Movie Movie 43 Samantha (segment "Homeschooled") 2013-01-01
Movie Diana Princess Diana 2013-09-19
Movie Sunlight Jr. Melissa 2013-04-20
Movie Adore Lil 2013-04-03
Movie The Impossible Maria Bennett 2012-09-09
Movie Dream House Ann Patterson 2011-09-30
Movie Woody Allen: A Documentary Herself 2011-11-20
Movie J. Edgar Helen Gandy 2011-11-09
Movie Fair Game Valerie Plame 2010-05-20
Movie You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Sally 2010-05-23
Movie The International Eleanor Whitman 2009-02-03
Movie Mother and Child Elizabeth 2009-11-07
Movie Funny Games Ann Farber 2007-10-20
Movie Eastern Promises Anna Ivanovna Khitrova 2007-09-14
Movie The Painted Veil Kitty Fane 2006-12-09
Movie Inland Empire Suzie Rabbit (voice) 2006-09-06
Movie Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong' Herself 2006-11-14
Movie Ellie Parker Ellie Parker 2005-01-21
Movie King Kong Ann Darrow 2005-12-12
Movie The Ring Two Rachel Keller 2005-03-17
Movie King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries Herself 2005-12-13
Movie We Don't Live Here Anymore Edith Evans 2004-01-20
Movie I ♥ Huckabees Dawn Campbell 2004-09-10
Movie The Making of: Mulholland Drive Herself 2004-04-05
Movie The Assassination of Richard Nixon Marie Bicke 2004-05-17
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie 21 Grams Cristina Peck 2003-03-05
Movie Le Divorce Roxeanne de Persand 2003-08-08
Movie Ned Kelly Julia Cook 2003-03-22
Movie The Outsider Rebecca Yoder 2002-01-01
Movie Rabbits Suzie 2002-01-01
Movie Down Jennifer Evans 2002-01-23
Movie The Ring Rachel Keller 2002-10-18
Series Icons Unknown 2002-05-01
Movie Never Date an Actress The Shallow Girlfriend 2001-01-01
Movie The Wyvern Mystery Alice Fairfield 2000-10-12
Movie Mulholland Dr. 1999-01-01
Movie Strange Planet Alice 1999-10-06
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Movie The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Holly Maddux 1999-05-09
Movie Dangerous Beauty Giulia De Lezze 1998-02-20
Movie The Christmas Wish Renee 1998-12-06
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Under the Lighthouse Dancing Louise 1997-10-15
Series Sleepwalkers Kate Russell 1997-11-01
Movie The Bermuda Triangle Amanda 1996-01-01
Movie Persons Unknown Molly 1996-12-27
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Movie Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering Grace Rhodes 1996-10-08
Movie Timepiece Mary Chandler 1996-12-22
Movie Tank Girl Jet Girl 1995-03-31
Movie The Custodian Louise 1994-03-17
Movie Matinee Shopping Cart Starlet 1993-01-29
Movie Gross Misconduct Jennifer Carter 1993-07-29
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Series Brides of Christ Frances Heffernan 1991-09-04
Movie Flirting Janet Odgers 1991-03-20
Series Twin Peaks Jane-Y Jones 1990-04-08
Movie For Love Alone Leo's Girlfriend 1986-05-22
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Movie Ascendant Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 0
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