Naomi Watts

Actor
Although she had been performing for more than 15 years in her native Australia, actress Naomi Watts finally landed her breakthrough role when she was tapped by David Lynch to portray an aspiring starlet in "Mulholland ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1968 in Shoreham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (83)

Demolition 2015 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Sea of Trees 2015 (Movie)

Joan Brennan (Actor)

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Divergent Series: Insurgent 2015 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

Three Generations 2015 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

While We're Young 2015 (Movie)

Cornelia (Actor)

Birdman 2014 (Movie)

Lesley (Actor)

Fay Wray: A Life 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Holland, Michigan 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

St. Vincent 2014 (Movie)

Daka (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Last Impresario 2014 (Movie)

Interviewee (Herself)

Adore 2013 (Movie)

Lil (Actor)

Diana 2013 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

Sunlight Jr. 2013 (Movie)

Melissa (Actor)

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Impossible 2012 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Dream House 2011 (Movie)

Ann Patterson (Actor)

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

Helen Gandy (Actor)

Fair Game 2010 (Movie)

Valerie Plame Wilson (Actor)

Mother and Child 2010 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2010 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

The International 2009 (Movie)

Eleanor Whitman (Actor)

Funny Games 2008 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Eastern Promises 2007 (Movie)

Anna Khitrova (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Sci Fi Inside: King Kong 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

Kitty Fane (Actor)

Ellie Parker 2005 (Movie)

Ellie Parker (Actor)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

Ann Darrow (Actor)

Stay 2005 (Movie)

Lila Culpepper (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ring Two 2005 (Movie)

Rachel Keller (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Undertaking Betty 2005 (Movie)

Meredith (Actor)

18th Annual American Cinematheque Award 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

Dawn Campbell (Actor)

Ned Kelly 2004 (Movie)

Julia Cook (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Assassination of Richard Nixon 2004 (Movie)

Marie Bicke (Actor)

We Don't Live Here Anymore 2004 (Movie)

Edith Evans (Actor)

21 Grams 2003 (Movie)

Christina Peck (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Le Divorce 2003 (Movie)

Roxeanna de Persand (Actor)

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Elevator 2002 (Movie)

Jennifer Evans (Actor)

The Ring 2002 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Mulholland Drive 2001 (Movie)

Diane Selwyn (Actor)

The Wyvern Mystery 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellie Parker 1999 (Movie)

Ellie Parker (Actor)

Strange Planet 1999 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

The Hunt For the Unicorn Killer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Lighthouse Dancing 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Babe 2: Pig in the City 1998 (Movie)

Additional Voice (Actor)

Dangerous Beauty 1998 (Movie)

Guila De Lezze (Actor)

Sleepwalkers 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Timepiece 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tank Girl 1995 (Movie)

Jet Girl (Actor)

Brides of Christ 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Gross Misconduct 1993 (Movie)

Jennifer Carter (Actor)

Matinee 1993 (Movie)

"Shopping Cart" Starlet (Actor)

Wide Sargasso Sea 1993 (Movie)

Fanny Grey (Actor)

Flirting 1992 (Movie)

Janet Odgers (Actor)

The Custodian 1992 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

For Love Alone 1990 (Movie)

Marion (Actor)

Bermuda Triangle (TV Show)

Actor

Persons Unknown (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Wish (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsider (TV Show)

Actor

Timepiece (Movie)

Mary Chandler (Actor)

We Are All the Same (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (5)

Three Generations 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Funny Games 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ellie Parker 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

We Don't Live Here Anymore 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Although she had been performing for more than 15 years in her native Australia, actress Naomi Watts finally landed her breakthrough role when she was tapped by David Lynch to portray an aspiring starlet in "Mulholland Drive" (2001), the director's bizarre, darkly nightmarish vision of show business. Her vaunted turn propelled the unknown actress into stardom, resulting in leading roles in major Hollywood films and a healthy tabloid interest in her private life when she began dating fellow Aussie actor, Heath Ledger. Watts followed up by starring in the Japanese horror remake, "The Ring" (2002), while turning in an award-worthy performance as a wife and mother grieving the tragic loss of her family in the downbeat "21 Grams" (2003). She next displayed her wide range the following year with the relationship drama "We Don't Live Here Anymore" (2004), the historical drama "The Assassination of Richard Nixon" (2004), and David O. Russell's existential comedy "I [Heart] Huckabees" (2004). Watts reached her widest audience as the damsel in distress in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" (2005), while starring in the sequel "The Ring Two" (2005). After lower key movies like "Eastern Promises" (2007) and "The International" (2009), Watts flirted with further critical acclaim as exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame in "Fair Game" (2010) and a frantic mother searching for her family in "The Impossible" (2012), which underscored her reputation as one of Hollywood's most versatile and beautiful actresses.

Relationships

Stephen Hopkins Director

Companion
Dated from 1999-2001 No longer together

Heath Ledger Director

Companion
Met in 2002 on the set of "Ned Kelly" (2004) Began dating in summer 2002 Separated briefly in 2003 Rekindled relationship in November 2003 Announced split in May 2004

Nikki Roberts Director

Grandmother

Hugh Roberts

Grandfather

Alexander Schreiber

Son
Born July 25, 2007; father, Liev Schreiber

Liev Schreiber Narrator

Companion
Began dating in May 2005 Rumored to be engaged as of April 2006

Samuel Schreiber

Son
Born Dec. 13, 2008; father, Liev Schreiber

Ben Watts Narrator

Brother

Myfanwy Watts

Mother
Separated from husband when Naomi was four years old; following Naomi's father's death in 1975, her mother relocated the family to North Wales, where they lived with Naomi's grandparents; moved the family to Sydney in 1982, when Naomi was 14

Peter Watts Narrator

Father
Worked with the band Pink Floyd (his manic laugh kicks off The Dark Side of the Moon) Died in 1975, when Naomi was seven

EDUCATION

North Sydney Girls High School

Classmates included Nicole Kidman

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in "The Impossible," about a family's struggle to survive devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

2011

Cast in the biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

2011

Co-starred with Daniel Craig in Jim Sheridan's "Dream House"

2010

Portrayed former CIA offier Valerie Plame in Doug Liman's "Fair Game"

2010

Co-starred in Rodrigo García's independent feature "Mother and Child"

2009

Teamed with Clive Owen and director Tom Tykwer for "The International"

2007

Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in "Easter Promises," playing a midwife investigating the death of a young girl

2006

Starred in "The Painted Veil" with Edward Norton and Liev Schreiber

2005

Cast in the Fay Wray role, as Ann Darrow in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" a remake of 1933 classic

2005

Reprised her role of reporter Rachel Keller in "The Ring Two"

2004

Cast in David O. Russell's ensemble comedy "I Heart Huckabees"

2004

Cast alongside Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in the Australian film "Ned Kelly"

2004

Re-teamed with Sean Penn for "The Assassination of Richard Nixon"

2004

Co-starred (also produced) with Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern and Peter Krause in the independent, "We Don't Live Here Anymore"

2003

Co-starred with Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro in director Alejandro González Iñárritu's "21 Grams"

2003

Cast as Kate Hudson's sister in the Merchant-Ivory film "Le Divorce"

2002

Played a reporter out to break a curse in the remake of the Japanese horror film "The Ring"

2002

Co-starred with Brenda Blethyn and Alfred Molina in the British black comedy "Plots with a View"

2001

Breakthrough role as an aspiring starlet in David Lynch's highly acclaimed "Mulholland Dr."

2000

Had lead in the British TV drama "The Wyvern Mystery"

2000

Played title role in the independent feature "Ellie Parker"; also co-produced

1999

Portrayed the murder victim in the CBS drama "The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer"

1999

Returned to Australia to co-star in "Strange Planet"

1998

Had a supporting role in "Dangerous Beauty"

1997

TV series debut on the short-lived NBC drama "Sleepwalkers"

1995

Landed a supporting role as 'Jet Girl' in the cult feature "Tank Girl"

1992

Made first Hollywood film, "Matinee"

1992

Second collaboration with Duigan in "Wide Sargasso Sea"

1991

Co-starred as a snobbish schoolgirl in the Australian film "Flirting"; first collaboration with director John Duigan

1991

Had regular role on the Australian serial "Home and Away"

1986

Film acting debut, "For Love Alone"

1982

Relocated to Australia with mother and brother at age 14

Born in Shoreham, England

Bonus Trivia

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"I think my spirit has taken a beating. The most painful thing has been the endless auditions. Knowing that you have something to offer, but not being able to show it, is so frustrating. As an unknown, you get treated badly. I auditioned and waited for things I did not have any belief in, but I needed the work and had to accept horrendous pieces of shit." – Watts quoted in London's Sunday Times, Jan. 6, 2002

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"Well, there's a scene where I masturbate. I was really freaked but you don't bail out of a scene with David Lynch. I had a camera an inch away from my face, going down to my crotch. All I wanted to do was cry. While we were filming the scene, I happened to develop a case... hmmm, what's the word you'd use in print? I was on the toilet all day. I think it was nerves." – Watts on the most difficult scene to film for "Mulholland Dr." as quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, August 2001

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"I saw someone that I felt had a tremendous talent, and I saw someone who had a beautiful soul, an intelligence, possibilities for a lot of different roles, so it was a beautiful package." – David Lynch on why he cast Watts in "Mulholland Dr." to The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12, 2001

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"My work is the only thing I've been able to depend on. I've never been completely secure in a relationship to the point where I've felt like I'm going to be completely taken care of emotionally." – Watts to Interview magazine, November 2001

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"My twenties just floated by. I'm not sure if it was unawareness or arrogance. But in the past couple of years, I've become aware of who I am. Does that sound too corny? I've come alive as an actor and as a person. I've gained a lot of confidence. I'm one of those people who knows that if I'm up against too much, I retreat. I suck at auditions. Absolutely suck. I'm really shy." – Watts quoted in Movieline, November 2001

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"Auditions are just so humiliating and degrading. You get a five-minute time slot for a part you've spent six hours or more studying for or thinking about, and you get into these rooms full of people who barely make eye contact. They're bored and frustrated that they can't find the right person, energy that is instantly crushing and which makes it hard to shine. Going through that process over and over, you become so wounded and guarded that it's impossible to give your best stuff away. That's why I will never forget what David Lynch did for me. When he cast me in 'Mulholland Dr.' I was literally at the lowest place, and yet he managed to pull away all those masks." – Watts quoted in Interview magazine, September 2002

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"Look, I would be lying if I said hurtful things didn't hurt me. I am a sensitive person. Nobody knows anything about our relationship, so I can see why they would try to label it, and they are entitled to that, I suppose. That's what we get for being in the public eye. But I don't really have to get out there and defend it or define it in any way. It is ours, and I want to do my best to protect it." – Watts on the hurtful press about her relationship with Heath Ledger, quoted in W magazine, March 2004

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"Naomi has the ability to draw an audience into the interior life of the characters she plays and yet she manages to conceal more than she reveals, so you're always wanting more." – Peter Jackson on Watts to Vanity Fair magazine, January 2006

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