Naomi Watts

28 Sep 1968

Actor, Producer

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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Filmography (56 titles)

(movie, 2017)
···The Glass Castle
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Rose Mary Walls)
(movie, 2017)
···The Book of Henry
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Susan Carpenter)
(movie, 2017)
···Ascendant
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Romance
Role: Actor (as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton)
(movie, 2016)
···Shut In
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mary Portman)
(movie, 2016)
···The Sea of Trees
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Joan Brennan)
(movie, 2016)
···Demolition
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Karen Moreno)
(movie, 2016)
···Allegiant
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction, Action, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton)
(movie, 2016)
···3 Generations
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2015)
···While We're Young
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Cornelia)
(movie, 2015)
···Insurgent
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton)
(movie, 2014)
···St. Vincent
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Daka)
(movie, 2014)
···St. Vincent
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Daka Parimova)
(movie, 2014)
7.8Birdman
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Lesley)
(movie, 2013)
···Diana
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Princess Diana)
(movie, 2013)
···Sunlight Jr.
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Melissa)
(movie, 2013)
···Adore
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2013)
···Movie 43
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Samantha (segment "Homeschooled"))
(movie, 2012)
···Lo imposible
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Role: Actor (as Maria Bennett)
(movie, 2011)
···J. Edgar
Genre: Drama, Crime, History
Role: Actor (as Helen Gandy)
(movie, 2011)
···Dream House
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ann Patterson)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sally)
(movie, 2010)
···Fair Game
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Valerie Plame)
(movie, 2009)
···Mother and Child
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Elizabeth)
(movie, 2009)
···The International
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Eleanor Whitman)
(movie, 2007)
···Funny Games
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2007)
···Eastern Promises
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Anna Khitrova)
(movie, 2006)
···The Painted Veil
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2005)
7.0King Kong
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action
Role: Actor (as Ann Darrow)
(movie, 2005)
6.8Stay
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lila Culpepper)
(movie, 2005)
···The Ring Two
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Rachel Keller)
(movie, 2005)
···Ellie Parker
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Ellie Parker)
(movie, 2004)
···I Heart Huckabees
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dawn Campbell)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Marie Bicke)
(movie, 2004)
···We Don't Live Here Anymore
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Edith Evans)
(movie, 2003)
···21 Grams
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Cristina Peck)
(movie, 2003)
···Le Divorce
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Roxeanne de Persand)
(movie, 2003)
···Ned Kelly
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Julia Cook)
(movie, 2002)
···The Ring
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Rachel Keller)
(movie, 2002)
···Plots with a View
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Meredith Mainwaring)
(movie, 2002)
···Rabbits
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Suzie)
(movie, 2002)
···The Outsider
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as Rebecca Yoder)
(movie, 2001)
···Mulholland Drive
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Betty Elms · Diane Selwyn)
(movie, 2001)
···Down
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jennifer Evans)
(movie, 2000)
···The Wyvern Mystery
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Alice Fairfield)
(movie, 1999)
···Mulholland Dr.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Role: Actor (as Betty Elms · Diane Selwyn)
(movie, 1999)
···Strange Planet
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Alice)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Holly Maddux)
(movie, 1998)
···Dangerous Beauty
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Giulia De Lezze)
(movie, 1998)
···The Christmas Wish
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Renee)
(movie, 1997)
···Under the Lighthouse Dancing
Role: Actor (as Louise)
Genre: Horror
Role: Actor (as Grace Rhodes)
(movie, 1996)
···Persons Unknown
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Molly)
(movie, 1996)
···Timepiece
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mary Chandler)
(movie, 1995)
···Tank Girl
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Jet Girl)
(movie, 1993)
···Gross Misconduct
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jennifer Carter)
(movie, 1991)
···Flirting
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance
Role: Actor (as Janet Odgers)