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Also Known As: Naomi Ellen Watts Died:
Born: September 28, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Shoreham, England, GB Profession: actor

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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...

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.

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 Ophelia (2018)
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 Bleeder, The (2017)
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 Allegiant (2016)
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 Demolition (2016)
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 Shut In (2016)
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1991:
Had regular role on the Australian serial "Home and Away"
1991:
Co-starred as a snobbish schoolgirl in the Australian film "Flirting"; first collaboration with director John Duigan
1992:
Second collaboration with Duigan in "Wide Sargasso Sea"
1997:
TV series debut on the short-lived NBC drama "Sleepwalkers"
1998:
Had a supporting role in "Dangerous Beauty"
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"
2000:
Had lead in the British TV drama "The Wyvern Mystery"
2000:
Played title role in the independent feature "Ellie Parker"; also co-produced
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"
2003:
Cast as Kate Hudson's sister in the Merchant-Ivory film "Le Divorce"
2004:
Cast alongside Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in the Australian film "Ned Kelly"
2004:
Co-starred (also produced) with Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern and Peter Krause in the independent film "We Don't Live Here Anymore"
2004:
Re-teamed with Sean Penn for "The Assassination of Richard Nixon"
2005:
Reprised her role of reporter Rachel Keller in "The Ring Two"
2006:
Starred in "The Painted Veil" with Edward Norton and Liev Schreiber
2009:
Teamed with Clive Owen and director Tom Tykwer for "The International"
2010:
Co-starred in Rodrigo GarcĂ­a's independent feature "Mother and Child"
2010:
Portrayed former CIA offier Valerie Plame in Doug Liman's "Fair Game"
2011:
Co-starred with Daniel Craig in Jim Sheridan's "Dream House"
2011:
Cast in the biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio
2012:
Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in "The Impossible," about a family's struggle to survive devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
2016:
Appeared in transgender drama "3 Generations" alongside Susan Sarandon
2017:
Co-starred in Colin Trevorrow's misguided "The Book of Henry"
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Education

North Sydney Girls High School: -

Notes

"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."---Naomi Watts quoted in London's The Sunday Times, January 6, 2002.

"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."---Naomi Watts on the most difficult scene to film for "Mulholland Dr." told Rolling Stone, August 30, 2001.

"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, October 12, 2001.

"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."---Naomi Watts to Interview, November, 2001.

"... 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 agaist too much, I retreat. I suck at auditions. Absolutely suck... I'm really shy. But that's changing, too."---Watts quoted in Movieline, November 2001.

"I've had all those beautiful accolades and acknowledgments, star of tomorrow, breakthrough performer. It was incredibly exciting, and it still is, but it's so ironic, because I've been working for so long. I have no reason to complain, and I'm really flattered. But 'breaking through'? I feel like I snuck through. Like, 'Hey, I'm on the list.'"---Watts on being picked as 2001 breakthrough actress

"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 Drive." I was literally at the lowest place, and yet he managed to pull away all those masks."--- Watts Interview September 2002

"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 things which have been in the news about Ledger being eleven years her junior. W Magazine March 2004

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companion:
Stephen Hopkins. Director. Born c. 1958; together from 1999 to 2001.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Watts. Sound engineer. Divorced from Watts' mother c. 1972; died in 1981.

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