Naomi Watts

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Naomi Watts Movies

1968-09-28 (Shoreham, Kent, England, UK)
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

#Movie NameCharacter/JobYear
1

Sunlight Jr.

as Melissa 2013
2

Diana

as Princess D 2013
3

Adore

as Lil 2013
4 Adore Executive 2013
5

Movie 43

as Samantha ( 2013
6

The Impossible

as Maria 2012
7

Woody Allen: A Documentary

as Herself 2011
8

J. Edgar

as Helen Gand 2011
9

Dream House

as Ann Patter 2011
10

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

as Sally 2010
11

Fair Game

as Valerie Pl 2010
12

Mother and Child

as Elizabeth 2009
13

The International

as Eleanor Wh 2009
14

Funny Games

Executive 2007
15 Funny Games as Ann 2007
16

Eastern Promises

as Anna Khitr 2007
17

The Painted Veil

Producer 2006
18 The Painted Veil as Kitty Fane 2006
19

Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong'

as Herself 2006
20

King Kong

as Ann Darrow 2005
21

Stay

as Lila Culpe 2005
22

The Ring Two

as Rachel Kel 2005
23

I Heart Huckabees

as Dawn Campb 2004
24

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

as Marie Bick 2004
25

21 Grams

as Cristina P 2003
26

Le Divorce

as Roxeanne d 2003
27

Ned Kelly

as Julia Cook 2003
28

The Ring

as Rachel Kel 2002
29

The Outsider

as Rebecca Yo 2002
30

Mulholland Drive

as Betty Elms 2001
31

The Shaft

as Jennifer E 2001
32

The Wyvern Mystery

as Alice Fair 2000
33

Dangerous Beauty

as Giulia De 1998
34

Persons Unknown

as Molly 1997
35

Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering

as Grace Rhod 1996
36

Tank Girl

as Jet Gir 1995
37

Gross Misconduct

as Jennifer C 1993
38

Matinee

as Shopping C 1993




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