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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 For Love Alone 1986-05-22
Latest Project:
Movie The Glass Castle 2017-08-10
Known For
Poster of Movie 43
Poster of The International
Poster of The Painted Veil
Poster of 21 Grams
Movie The Glass Castle Rose Mary Walls 2017-08-10
Series Gypsy Jean Holloway 2017-06-30
Movie The Book of Henry Susan Carpenter 2017-06-16
Movie Chuck Linda Wepner 2017-05-05
Movie Shut In Mary Portman 2016-11-11
Movie The Sea of Trees Joan Brennan 2016-04-27
Movie Demolition Karen Moreno 2016-04-06
Movie Allegiant Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2016-03-09
Movie 3 Generations Maggie 2016-02-11
Movie While We're Young Cornelia Schrebnick 2015-04-03
Movie Insurgent Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2015-03-18
Movie St. Vincent Daka Parimova 2014-10-09
Movie Birdman Lesley 2014-08-27
Movie The Nut Job Herself 2014-01-17
Movie Movie 43 Samantha (segment "Homeschooled") 2013-01-01
Movie Adore Lil 2013-04-03
Movie Sunlight Jr. Melissa 2013-04-20
Movie Rush Grace Rhodes 2013-09-02
Movie Diana Princess Diana 2013-09-19
Movie The Impossible Maria Bennett 2012-09-09
Movie Small Fry Shopping Cart Starlet 2011-11-23
Movie Woody Allen: A Documentary Herself 2011-11-20
Movie J. Edgar Helen Gandy 2011-11-09
Movie Dream House Ann Patterson 2011-09-30
Movie You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Sally 2010-05-23
Movie Fair Game Valerie Plame 2010-05-20
Movie Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic Ann 2010-02-09
Movie The Righteous Thief Roxeanne de Persand 2009-11-26
Movie Mother and Child Elizabeth 2009-11-07
Movie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Betty Elms 2009-09-12
Movie The International Eleanor Whitman 2009-02-03
Movie Funny Games Ann Farber 2007-10-20
Movie Eastern Promises Anna Ivanova Khitrova 2007-09-14
Movie The Painted Veil Kitty Fane 2006-12-09
Movie Inland Empire Suzie Rabbit (voice) 2006-09-06
Movie King Kong Ann Darrow 2005-12-12
Movie Stay Lila Culpepper 2005-09-24
Movie The Ring Two Rachel Keller 2005-03-17
Movie Ellie Parker Ellie Parker 2005-01-21
Movie King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries Herself 2005-12-13
Movie Battle of the Brave Melissa 2004-11-19
Movie I Heart Huckabees Dawn Campbell 2004-09-10
Movie The Assassination of Richard Nixon Marie Bicke 2004-05-17
Movie The Making of: Mulholland Drive Herself 2004-04-05
Movie We Don't Live Here Anymore Edith Evans 2004-01-20
Movie X2 Julia Cook 2003-04-24
Movie Ned Kelly Julia Cook 2003-03-22
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Le Divorce Roxeanne de Persand 2003-08-08
Movie 21 Grams Cristina Peck 2003-09-06
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Dangerous Invitations Janet Odgers 2002-11-19
Movie The Ring Rachel Keller 2002-10-18
Movie Undertaking Betty Meredith Mainwaring 2002-10-04
Series Icons Unknown 2002-05-01
Movie Rabbits Suzie 2002-01-01
Movie The Outsider Rebecca Yoder 2002-01-01
Movie Mulholland Drive Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn 2001-09-08
Movie Down Jennifer Evans 2001-05-11
Movie For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Jennifer Carter 2000-11-18
Movie The Wyvern Mystery Alice Fairfield 2000-10-12
Movie Strange Planet Alice 1999-10-06
Movie The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Holly Maddux 1999-05-09
Movie Tank Girl Jet Girl 1995-03-31
Series Twin Peaks Janey-E Jones 1990-04-08
Series Hey Dad..! Belinda Lawrence 1987-02-11
Movie For Love Alone Leo's Girlfriend 1986-05-22