Naomi Watts



Place of birth:

Shoreham, Kent, England, UK:


Naomi 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).

Film Credits

Penguin Bloom (2020)
as Sam Bloom
Luce (2019)
as Amy Edgar
The Wolf Hour (2019)
as June Leigh
Vice (2018)
as News Anchor
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal (2018)
as Herself (archive footage)
Ophelia (2018)
as Gertrude / Mechtild
Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers (2017)
as Herself
A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth (2017)
as Herself
The Glass Castle (2017)
as Rose Mary Walls
The Book of Henry (2017)
as Susan Carpenter
Chuck (2017)
as Linda Wepner
I Am Heath Ledger (2017)
as Herself
Shut In (2016)
as Mary Portman
3 Generations (2016)
as Maggie
The Sea of Trees (2016)
as Joan Brennan
Allegiant (2016)
as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
Demolition (2015)
as Karen Moreno
Birdman: All-Access (A View From the Wings) (2015)
as Herself
Insurgent (2015)
as Evelyn Johnson-Eaton
St. Vincent (2014)
as Daka Parimova
While We're Young (2014)
as Cornelia Schrebnick
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
as Lesley Truman
Diana (2013)
as Princess Diana
Sunlight Jr. (2013)
as Melissa
Adore (2013)
as Lil
Movie 43 (2013)
as Samantha (segment "Homeschooled")
Wide-Awake (2012)
as The Makeup Artist
Lo imposible (2012)
as Maria Bennett
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)
as Herself
J. Edgar (2011)
as Helen Gandy
Dream House (2011)
as Ann Patterson
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
as Sally
Fair Game (2010)
as Valerie Plame
Mother and Child (2009)
as Elizabeth
The International (2009)
as Eleanor Whitman
Funny Games (2007)
as Ann Farber
Eastern Promises (2007)
as Anna Ivanovna Khitrova
Vanity Fair: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die (2007)
as The Skirt
The Painted Veil (2006)
as Kitty Fane
The Eighth Blunder of the World (2006)
as Herself
Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong' (2006)
as Herself
Inland Empire (2006)
as Suzie Rabbit (voice)
King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries (2005)
as Herself
King Kong (2005)
as Ann Darrow
Stay (2005)
as Lila Culpepper
The Ring Two (2005)
as Rachel Keller
Ellie Parker (2005)
as Ellie Parker
I ♥ Huckabees (2004)
as Dawn Campbell
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
as Marie Bicke
The Making of: Mulholland Drive (2004)
as Herself
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
as Edith Evans
Le Divorce (2003)
as Roxeanne de Persand
Ned Kelly (2003)
as Julia Cook
21 Grams (2003)
as Cristina Peck
Undertaking Betty (2002)
as Meredith Mainwaring
The Ring (2002)
as Rachel Keller
Down (2002)
as Jennifer Evans
The Outsider (2002)
as Rebecca Yoder
Rabbits (2002)
as Suzie
Mulholland Drive (2001)
as Betty Elms / Diane Selwyn
Ellie Parker (2001)
as Ellie Parker
Never Date an Actress (2001)
as The Shallow Girlfriend
The Wyvern Mystery (2000)
as Alice Fairfield
Strange Planet (1999)
as Alice
The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999)
as Holly Maddux
Mulholland Dr. (1999)
The Christmas Wish (1998)
as Renee
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
as Giulia De Lezze
Under the Lighthouse Dancing (1997)
as Louise
Persons Unknown (1996)
as Molly
Timepiece (1996)
as Mary Chandler
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996)
as Grace Rhodes
The Bermuda Triangle (1996)
as Amanda
Tank Girl (1995)
as Jet Girl
The Custodian (1994)
as Louise
Gross Misconduct (1993)
as Jennifer Carter
Matinee (1993)
as Shopping Cart Starlet
Flirting (1991)
as Janet Odgers
For Love Alone (1986)
as Leo's Girlfriend
Once Upon a Time in Staten Island ()
Boss Level ()
as Jemma Wells
The Burning Season ()
as June Engle

Production Credits

Penguin Bloom (2020)
3 Generations (2016)
Executive Producer
Adore (2013)
Executive Producer
Funny Games (2007)
Executive Producer
The Painted Veil (2006)
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
Once Upon a Time in Staten Island ()
Executive Producer
The Burning Season ()
Executive Producer