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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). In 2004, Watts worked opposite Mark Ruffalo for the independent film We Don't Live Here Anymore, and reteamed with Sean Penn for The Assassination of Richard Nixon. She landed the starring role of Ann Darrow in director Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong (2006), and starred in the 2006 remake of The Painted Veil. Watts was praised for her work as a British midwife who accidentally gets involved in the Russian mafia in director David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Eastern Promises. Watts starred along with Clive Owen in 2009's The International, for which she played the part of an assistant district attorney who participates in a plan to rob a bank, and co-starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Benning, and Kerry Washington for the drama Mother and Child. Watts was later cast in Dream House (2011), a thriller starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2011 biopic J. Edgar. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi


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Born:
Sep 28, 1968 In Shoreham, Kent, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
105
First Appeared:
In the series Pis Yedili
Latest Project:
movie Terror Nullius 2018-03-20
Known For
Poster of Keep Up the Good Work
Poster of Animali metropolitani
Filmography
Series Ang Panday Princess Diana 2019
Series Play Your Hunch Unknown 2019
Movie The Wolf Hour June Leigh 2019
Movie Larrikins (voice) 2019
Movie Sly Cooper Unknown 2019
Series Adam dan Hawa Molly 2019
Movie Ascendant Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2019
Series Pis Yedili Alice 2019
Movie Terror Nullius (Archive Footage) 2018-03-20
Movie Ophelia Gertrude / Mechtild 2018-01-22
Movie The Glass Castle Rose Mary Walls 2017-08-10
Movie Chuck Linda Wepner 2017-05-05
Movie The Book of Henry Susan Carpenter 2017-06-16
Movie I Am Heath Ledger Herself 2017-04-23
Movie 3 Generations Maggie 2016-02-11
Movie Allegiant Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2016-03-09
Movie Thomas & Friends: The Great Race Daka 2016-05-21
Movie The Sea of Trees Joan Brennan 2016-04-27
Movie Geethaiyin Raadhai Herself 2016-09-22
Movie Sang Sekretaris Herself 2016-09-22
Movie Shut In Mary Portman 2016-11-11
Movie Cartoons 4 Christ Unknown 2016-09-28
Movie Almost Paris Ann 2016-04-24
Movie Daylight's End Unknown 2016-04-16
Movie Demolition Karen Moreno 2016-04-06
Movie While We're Young Cornelia Schrebnick 2015-04-03
Movie High-Rise 2015-11-22
Movie Insurgent Evelyn Johnson-Eaton 2015-03-18
Movie A LEGO Brickumentary Meredith Mainwaring 2014-11-09
Movie Birdman Lesley Truman 2014-08-27
Movie St. Vincent Daka Parimova 2014-10-09
Movie Movie 43 Samantha (segment "Homeschooled") 2013-01-01
Movie Adore Lil 2013-04-03
Movie Keep Up the Good Work Lil 2013-05-02
Movie Shadow People Unknown 2013-03-17
Movie Gravity Unknown 2013-10-03
Movie Diana Princess Diana 2013-09-19
Movie Sunlight Jr. Melissa 2013-04-20
Movie Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen 2012-02-04
Movie The Impossible Maria Bennett 2012-09-09
Movie Zombie Apocalypse Molly 2011-10-29
Movie Contagion Unknown 2011-09-08
Movie J. Edgar Helen Gandy 2011-11-09
Movie Dream House Ann Patterson 2011-09-30
Movie Woody Allen: A Documentary Herself 2011-11-20
Movie You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Sally 2010-05-23
Movie Fair Game Valerie Plame 2010-05-20
Movie The International Eleanor Whitman 2009-02-03
Movie Mother and Child Elizabeth 2009-11-07
Movie Futurama: The Lost Adventure Renee 2008-06-24
Movie Funny Games Ann Farber 2007-10-20
Movie Eastern Promises Anna Ivanova Khitrova 2007-09-14
Movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Giulia De Lezze 2007-06-15
Movie The Painted Veil Kitty Fane 2006-12-09
Movie The Host Cristina Peck 2006-07-27
Movie Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong' Herself 2006-11-14
Movie King Kong Ann Darrow 2005-12-12
Series Let's Get Married Edith Evans 2005-10-08
Movie The Ring Two Rachel Keller 2005-03-17
Movie Ellie Parker Ellie Parker 2005-01-21
Movie I Heart Huckabees Dawn Campbell 2004-09-10
Movie The Punisher Samantha (segment "Homeschooled") 2004-04-15
Movie The Assassination of Richard Nixon Marie Bicke 2004-05-17
Movie Le Divorce Roxeanne de Persand 2003-08-08
Movie 21 Grams Cristina Peck 2003-09-06
Movie Rabbits Suzie 2002-01-01
Movie The Outsider Rebecca Yoder 2002-01-01
Movie The Ring Rachel Keller 2002-10-18
Movie The Long Run Belinda Lawrence 2001-05-04
Movie Down Jennifer Evans 2001-05-11
Movie Mulholland Drive Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn 2001-09-08
Movie The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Holly Maddux 1999-05-09
Movie Eyes Wide Shut Rachel Keller 1999-07-16
Movie Mulholland Dr. 1999-01-01
Movie I'm Sorry, My Love Mary Chandler 1998-08-19
Movie The Christmas Wish Renee 1998-12-06
Movie An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Jet Gir 1998-11-16
Movie The Most Outrageous Jeremy Clarkson Video In the World... Ever! Alice 1998-10-26
Movie Dangerous Beauty Giulia De Lezze 1998-02-20
Movie Tomorrow Never Dies Ann Darrow 1997-12-11
Series Sleepwalkers Kate Russell 1997-11-01
Movie Under the Lighthouse Dancing Louise 1997-10-15
Series Never Mind the Buzzcocks Alice Fairfield 1996-11-12
Movie Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering Grace Rhodes 1996-10-08
Movie Timepiece Mary Chandler 1996-12-22
Movie The Flying Dutchman Elizabeth 1995-05-11
Movie Tank Girl Jet Girl 1995-03-31
Movie Gross Misconduct Jennifer Carter 1993-07-29
Movie The Custodian Louise 1993-09-03
Movie Matinee Shopping Cart Starlet 1993-01-29
Series Brides of Christ Frances Heffernan 1991-09-04
Movie Flirting Janet Odgers 1991-03-20
Movie Hurra, wir werden aufgeklärt Jennifer Carter 1989-03-19
Movie Animali metropolitani Helen Gandy 1987-06-29
Movie For Love Alone Leo's Girlfriend 1986-05-22
Series The Golden Girls Betty Elms 1985-09-14
Movie Sole Survivor 1984-03-16
Movie First Blood Lila Culpepper 1982-10-22
Series Wanna bet, that..? Meredith Mainwaring 1981-02-14
Series Disco Julia Cook 1971-02-13
Series Philip Marlowe Lila Culpepper 1959-10-06
Movie Crime of Passion Janey-E Jones 1957-01-09
Movie Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion Sally 1945-05-10
Movie One Mysterious Night Herself 1944-10-21
Movie Virtue Eleanor Whitman 1932-10-25