Naomi Watts

English actress Naomi Watts

Naomi Ellen Watts is a British-Australian actress who began her career in Australian television, where she appeared in series such as Hey Dad.. ! (1990), Brides of Christ (1991), E Street (1991) and Home and Away (1991). Her film debut was the 1986 drama For Love Alone. Watts gained critical acclaim for her work in David Lynch's 2001 psychological thriller Mulholland Drive, starring alongside Justin Theroux and Laura Harring.
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'Gypsy' star Naomi Watts promotes new TV thriller - 8 months
NEW YORK, June 30 (Reuters) - Actress Naomi Watts says her new television series "Gypsy" is part of a recent trend of productions with strong female characters.
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Naomi Watts' Latest Trick: The Ukulele
Huffington Post - 8 months
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Naomi Watts plays the mother of a genius in the execrably manipulative 'Book of Henry'
LATimes - 8 months
It’s been 16 years since Naomi Watts first knocked our socks off in David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.,” the kind of dream showcase that an actor can count herself lucky to encounter once in a lifetime. It’s no knock on her talent to suggest that she has never had a role as rich, extreme or demanding...
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Movie openings: June 16
LATimes - 9 months
Lightning McQueen is back in “Cars 3” as it vies with the third weekend of “Wonder Woman,” the girls-being-girls comedy “Rough Night,” the Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” and the underwater thriller “47 Meters Down” at the box office. “The Book of Henry” with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay and the...
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Naomi Watts can trace her interest in 'Gypsy's' exploration of identity to her childhood
LATimes - 9 months
Naomi Watts explores identity in Netflix's 'Gypsy'
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Naomi Watts Had To Go To David Lynch's House To Read Her 'Twin Peaks' Scripts
Huffington Post - 9 months
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'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Soars Past 'Fate Of The Furious' At The Box Office
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Susan Sarandon Goes In On 'Trumpian' Debra Messing For Being Uninformed
Huffington Post - 10 months
We all know Andy Cohen warms his West Village apartment at night by stoking the fires of Susan Sarandon and Debra Messing’s Twitter feud, so of course he turned the temperature all the way up when the Oscar winner returned to the clubhouse. On Monday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Sarandon stopped by to promote her new film, “3 Generations,” with Naomi Watts and confirmed that her feud with the “Will & Grace” actress is still very much alive.  “She’s not very well informed and so sometimes she gets in areas that she really hasn’t thought through, maybe? She’s Trumpian a little bit like that,” Sarandon told Cohen. “So, I don’t have anything against her personally. I just, sometimes I have to say, ‘But you don’t have the information.’” Apparently, the two saw each other at ... we didn’t see this one coming ... a New York Rangers game, as both are dedicated fans. But, according to Sarandon, Messing had nothing to say to her in person ...
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'I Am Heath Ledger' Focuses On The Actor's Life, Not His Death
Huffington Post - 10 months
Heath was the most alive human and if it wasn’t on the edge, it didn’t interest him. If there wasn’t some type of risk involved, he had no time for it. He went all the way out with the time that he had. He went all the way to the edge. That quote by musician Ben Harper opens “I Am Heath Ledger,” the new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival April 23 and airing on Spike TV next month.  Harper joins Heath Ledger’s closest friends and family members in the heartwarming project, directed by Adrian Buitenhuis and Derik Murray. The film compiles interviews with the likes of Ledger’s parents and colleagues, including Naomi Watts, Ang Lee, Matt Amato and Djimon Hounsou, among the actor’s own photos and footage, which he shot throughout his 28 years. In a way, Ledger himself is a director of his own documentary.  “There were always cameras around,” Ledger’s former girlfriend and model Christina Cauchi says in the film. “I mean, he was documenting everything ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Naomi Watts
  • 2016
    Age 47
    On September 26, 2016, Watts and Schreiber announced their separation, after 11 years together.
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    Watts reprised her role in the series' final two installments, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, released on 18 March 2016, and The Divergent Series: Ascendant, scheduled to be released on 9 June 2017.
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    In February 2016, it was reported that she had agreed to become the honorary president of Glantraeth FC, a small football club in Malltraeth, Anglesey, Wales, near to her grandparents' farm, where she spent time as a child.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2014 dark comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) saw Watts play an actress and the partner of stage co-star Edward Norton.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    Also in 2013, she portrayed the title role in Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana, a biographical drama about the last two years of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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    In the Australian drama Adore, Watts co-starred with Robin Wright, playing two childhood friends who fall in love with each other's sons. The movie premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as Two Mothers, and later opened in selected cinemas.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    Watts appeared opposite Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in Jim Sheridan's psychological thriller Dream House, which was released in September 2011, to a lackluster critical and commercial response.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    Later in 2010, she starred as Valerie Plame in the biographical thriller Fair Game, which was given a November theatrical release in the US.
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    Her next film, the Woody Allen dramedy You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, opened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
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  • 2009
    Age 40
    After a short hiatus from acting following the birth of her two children, Watts returned to acting in 2009, starring alongside Clive Owen in the political thriller The International.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    She later appeared in David Cronenberg's crime thriller Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, to critical acclaim.
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    Also that year, she was announced as the new face of the jewellers David Yurman and completed a photoshoot which was featured in the 2007 Pirelli Calendar.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    In the spring of 2005, Watts began a relationship with actor Liev Schreiber.
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    Watts then starred in the 2005 remake of King Kong as Ann Darrow.
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  • 2004
    Age 35
    Finally in 2004, she teamed up with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman in David O. Russell's ensemble comedy I Heart Huckabees.
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    She then starred alongside Mark Ruffalo in the 2004 independent film We Don't Live Here Anymore.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    Conversely, her performance opposite Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro in director Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2003 drama 21 Grams earned Watts an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress later that year.
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  • 2002
    Age 33
    Watts was in a relationship with actor Heath Ledger from August 2002 to May 2004.
    In 2002, she starred in one of the biggest box office hits of that year, The Ring, the English language remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu.
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  • 2001
    Age 32
    Also in 2001, she starred in two short films, Never Date an Actress and Ellie Parker, and the horror film The Shaft, director Dick Maas' remake of his 1983 film De Lift.
    The film premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and received a large number of awards and nominations, including the Best Actress Award for Watts from the National Society of Film Critics and a nomination for Best Actress from the American Film Institute.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    In 2000, while David Lynch was expanding the rejected pilot of Mulholland Drive into a feature film, Watts starred alongside Derek Jacobi, Jack Davenport and Iain Glen in the BBC TV film The Wyvern Mystery, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Sheridan Le Fanu that was broadcast in March of that year.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    I probably couldn't either!" In 1999, she played Alice in the romantic comedy Strange Planet and the Texan student Holly Maddux in The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, which was based on the real life effort to capture Ira Einhorn, who was charged with Maddux's murder.
  • 1998
    Age 29
    In 1998, she starred alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Debbie Reynolds in the TV film The Christmas Wish, played the supporting role of Giulia De Lezze in Dangerous Beauty, and provided some voice work for Babe: Pig in the City.
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  • 1997
    Age 28
    In 1997, she starred in the Australian ensemble romantic drama Under the Lighthouse Dancing and also played the lead role in the short-lived television series Sleepwalkers.
  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996, she starred alongside Joe Mantegna, Kelly Lynch and J.T. Walsh in George Hickenlooper's action-thriller Persons Unknown; alongside James Earl Jones, Kevin Kilner and Ellen Burstyn in the period drama Timepiece; in Bermuda Triangle, a TV pilot that was not picked up for a full series, where she played a former documentary filmmaker who disappears in the Bermuda Triangle; and as the lead role in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering, in which children in a small town become possessed under the command of a wrongfully murdered child preacher.
  • 1995
    Age 26
    She then won a supporting role in the futuristic 1995 film Tank Girl, winning the role of "Jet Girl" after nine auditions.
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  • 1993
    Age 24
    Watts then took a year off to travel, visiting Los Angeles and being introduced to agents through Kidman. Encouraged, Watts decided to move to America, to pursue her career further. In 1993 she had a small role in the John Goodman film Matinee and temporarily returned to Australia to star in three Australian films: another of Duigan's pictures, Wide Sargasso Sea; the drama The Custodian; and had her first leading role in the film Gross Misconduct, as a student who accuses one of her teachers (played by Jimmy Smits) of raping her.
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  • 1991
    Age 22
    Also in 1991, she took the part of Frances Heffernan, a girl who struggles to find friends behind the walls of a Sydney Catholic school, in the award winning mini-series Brides of Christ and had a recurring role in the soap opera Home and Away as the handicapped Julie Gibson.
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  • 1989
    Age 20
    After a five-year absence from films, Watts met director John Duigan during the 1989 premiere of her friend Nicole Kidman's film Dead Calm and he invited her to take a supporting role in his 1991 indie film Flirting.
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  • 1986
    Age 17
    Watts' career began in television, where she made brief appearances in commercials. The 1986 film For Love Alone, set in the 1930s and based on Christina Stead's 1945 best-selling novel of the same name, marked her debut in film.
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    Watts obtained her first role in the 1986 drama film, For Love Alone, based on the novel of the same name by Christina Stead, and produced by Margaret Fink.
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  • 1982
    Age 13
    In 1982, when Watts was 14, she moved to Sydney, New South Wales in Australia with her mother, brother and stepfather.
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  • 1980
    Age 11
    Watts has stated that she wanted to become an actress after seeing her mother performing on stage and from the time she watched the 1980 film Fame.
  • 1978
    Age 9
    In 1978, her mother remarried (though she would later be divorced again) and Watts and her brother then moved to Suffolk where she attended Thomas Mills High School.
  • 1974
    Age 5
    She reunited with Sean Penn in The Assassination of Richard Nixon, which was set in 1974.
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    Watts' parents divorced when she was four years old. After the divorce, Watts and her elder brother, Ben Watts, moved several times across South East England with their mother. Peter Watts left Pink Floyd in 1974, and he and Myfanwy were later reconciled.
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  • 1968
    Watts was born 28 September 1968, in Shoreham, Kent, England.
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