Birth Date: 28 September 1968
Birth Place: Shoreham, Kent, England
Height: 5' 5
Education: High school dropout, attended North Sydney Girls' High School in Australia with Nicole Kidman
Profession: British born Australian Actress/Producer/Model
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Naomi Watts is a British born Australian actress, producer and model. Born in Shoreham, Kent, England on 28 September 1968, moved to Australia at age 14 due to an unfortunate death of her father.
Naomi's first biggest hit was director David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive" in 2001. It was premiered at Cannes Film Festival, which gives a Best Director Oscar nomination for director David Lynch, while Naomi won the National Society of Film Critics Award as Best Actress and the National Board of Review award as Breakthrough Performance of the year. Naomi earned global acclaim for her performance.
For "Mulholland Drive", Naomi received the Best Actress awards from a number of critics' groups, including the Chicago Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics. Also Naomi was named the Female Star of Tomorrow at the ShoWest film industry honors, and received the Hollywood Discovery Award for Breakthrough Acting at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Watts best known movies include "Flirting" (1991), "The Ring" (2002), "The Kelly Gang" (2003), "21 Grams" (2003) and "King Kong" (2005). Naomoi's upcoming movie is "The Painted Veil" and is due out in the fall of 2006.
Naomi won the Audience Award for Best Actress at Venice International Film Festival in 2003 for her performance in "21 Grams." Also earned the first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress.
Naomi was dated actor Heath Ledger from 2002 to May 2004 and as of 2005 she is dating actor Liev Schreiber. Also she is best friend of Australian actress Nicole Kidman and Benicio Del Toro. Nicole and Naomi had schooled together in North Sydney Girls' High School in Australia.
Naomi Watts - Biography
Naomi Watts was born on 28 September, 1968 in Shoreham, Kent, England to Peter (sound engineer for Pink Floyd) and Miv Watts. She has one brother Benjamin Watts (photographer). Her parents get separated when she was four years old. When Naomi was 7 her father died and her mother decided to relocate their family to Llangefni, where Naomi lived with her grandparents (Hugh and Nikki Roberts). She lived there until she was 14, later the family moved to Australia in 1982. Her grandma, Nikki, who was an Australian, helps them to get the documentation necessary for Australian citizenship, since then her family were entitled to Australian citizenship.
In Australia she started to attend acting school, where she met to Nicole Kidman her future best friend. Naomi acting career get started from 1986, with small role in "For Love Alone".
In 1986 she took break from acting and went to Japan to work as a model. But this try was fruitless and she returned to home. Naomi later described that it was one of the worst periods of her life. After returning to home she worked as a editor for a fashion magazine "Follow Me". Naomi return back to acting again with the casual invitation from a colleague to participate in a small play and from then decided to dedicate completely to acting.
In 1991 she got a role in "Flirting", with Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton, and in an Australian miniseries alongside Russell Crowe. With the dream of becoming a Hollywood star Naomi moved to Los Angeles, where she get small roles in "Matinee" (1993), "Tank Girl" (1995), TV productions with CBS, parts in "Children of the Corn IV" (1996), "Dangerous Beauty" (1998) and "Strange Planet" in 1999. But a real breakthrough had yet to come. About a decade she worked with small roles.
A real big role, breakthrough film came in 2001, which is director David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive". "Mulholland Drive" truly a success came for Naomi, where she played a double character. "Mulholland Drive" gives a Best Director Oscar nomination for director David Lynch and a well-deserved attention to Naomi.
The film was premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. This film gives a Best Director Oscar nomination for director David Lynch and Naomi won the National Society of Film Critics Award as Best Actress and the National Board of Review award as Breakthrough Performance of the year. After that Naomi get a well and long deserved attention.
In 2002, she starred in the English language remake of the Japanese horror film, "The Ring", which is one of the biggest box office hits of that year. In 2003, Naomi was starred in "Ned Kelley" opposite Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush and in Merchant-Ivory film "Le Divorce" with Kate Hudson. It was "21 Grams" in 2003 that earned Watts her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. Since then she was one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood.
Naomi also produced and starred in the film "We Don't Live Here Anymore" (2004), which was well received. Her 2004 projects include "The Assasination of Richard Nixon" with Sean Penn and Don Cheadle and "I Heart Huckabees" with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman. Along with the sequel to the Ring, "The Ring 2" and "Ellie Parker", she starred in the biggest remake of them all, "King Kong" in 2005. King Kong won high praise and has since grossed more than $400 million dollars worldwide.
Naomi's upcoming movie is "The Painted Veil" with Edward Norton & Liev Schreiber. The film is due out in the fall of 2006.
Naomi is dating actor Liev Schreiber, while she dated actor Heath Ledger for several years. Also she is close friend of fellow Australian actress Nicole Kidman and Benicio Del Toro.
Naomi Watts - Filmography
Naomi Watts - Actress filmography
Year Movie Name
2006 The Painted Veil (filming)
2005 King Kong
2005 The Ring Two
2005 Ellie Parker
2004 I Heart Huckabees
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon
2004 We Don't Live Here Anymore
2003 21 Grams
2003 Divorce, Le
2003 Ned Kelly
2002 The Outsider
2002 Plots with a View
2002 The Ring
2001 Mulholland Dr.
2001 Ellie Parker
2001 Never Date an Actress
2000 The Wyvern Mystery
1999 Strange Planet
1999 The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (TV)
1998 The Christmas Wish (TV)
1998 Babe: Pig in the City
1998 Dangerous Beauty
1998 A House Divided
1997 Under the Lighthouse Dancing
1996 Persons Unknown
1996 Timepiece (TV)
1996 Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (V)
1996 Bermuda Triangle (TV)
1995 Tank Girl
1993 Gross Misconduct
1993 Wide Sargasso Sea
1993 The Custodian
1991 "Home and Away"
1991 "Brides of Christ"
1986 For Love Alone
Naomi Watts - Producer filmography
Year Movie Name Role
2006 The Painted Veil (filming) co-producer
2005 Ellie Parker producer
2004 We Don't Live Here Anymore producer
2001 Ellie Parker producer
Naomi Watts - Herself filmography
Year Movie Name
2005 Production Surveillance: Behind the Scenes of 'I Heart Huckabees' (V)
2005 The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV)
2005 Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope (TV)
2004 21 Grams: In Fragments (V)
2004 The 76th Annual Academy Awards (TV)
2004 The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (TV)
2004 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV)
2004 Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute (TV)
2002 The 74th Annual Academy Awards (TV)
Naomi Watts - Notable TV Guest Appearances
Year Movie Name
8 December 2005 "HBO First Look" in episode: "King Kong"
7 December 2005 "Corazon de..."
5 December 2005 "Total Request Live"
30 November 2005 "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
30 November 2005 "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee"
30 November 2005 "Today"
28 November 2005 "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
22 July 2005 "Corazon de..." (archive footage) (uncredited)
9 March 2005 "HBO First Look" in episode: "The Ring Two"
12 August 2004 "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
24 March 2004 "Celebrities Uncensored" (archive footage) (episode # 2.6)
1 March 2004 "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest"
13 February 2004 "Richard & Judy"
9 February 2004 "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
10 January 2004 "Tinseltown TV"
28 December 2003 "Inside the Actors Studio" (episode # 10.5)
1 August 2003 "Late Show with David Letterman"
18 March 2003 "Rove Live" (episode # 4.6)
7 January 2002 "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
Naomi Watts - Quotes
"It's always nerve-racking to take off your clothes on film. But doing it with a woman felt safer than with a man. You know you can say, 'Don't grab me there: That's where my cellulite is'!" [after being asked if it was hard to do a love scene with a woman (Mulholland Dr. (2001)]
"On set is where I feel comfortable. The red carpet stuff, talking about the film, explaining your own life, it doesn't come naturally. It's all necessary stuff I suppose but it's not my strength."
"We're so afraid of death in our culture, but I think if we understand it better, then we'll appreciate the life we have more." - in response to 21 Grams (2003).
"I find myself gravitating towards drama. It interests me. In the books I read, the paintings I like, it's always the darker stuff."
'Pain is such an important thing in life. I think that as an artist you have to experience suffering. It's not enough to have lived it once; you have to relive it. Darkness is not a pejorative thing."
"It was total naivety that got me to Hollywood. I thought it was going to happen straight away. I told myself 'give it 5 years, there's no way I'll be here after that if it doesn't happen'. Cut to ten years later!"
"For the record, I am actually British as well as Australian. People always think I'm Australian but I'm happy for the Brits to claim me back. I'm offering myself up."
"Instead of thinking 'how can I slow the ageing process?' I think 'how can I bend the rules?'"
"There's a lot of skeletons in my closet, but I know what they're wearing. I'm not gonna act all ashamed of it" - on her early career.
"Whatever is said about roles drying up, I intend to keep working. Certainly now the roles couldn't be more interesting - playing mothers, divorcees. I think it's going to be exciting to play a mother of teenagers. The longer your life, the deeper it gets."
"My mum put me in drama classes when I was about 14. I'd been going on about it for some time, so maybe it was a way to shut me up."
If I have to produce movies, direct movies, whatever to change the way Hollywood treats older women, I'll do it. If I have to bend the rules, I will. If I have to break them, I will.
"You have to make peace with yourself. The key is to find the harmony in what you have." quoted in the Feb 01, 2005 issue of WOMAN'S WORLD
"Even during my most intense scenes with Sean Penn (in 21 Grams (2003)), we found ways to have fun. Sure, I have my dark moments, but I'm the girl you'll see driving down the highway singing to Blondie."
"I've had people who've seen 21 Grams (2003) say, 'Wow, you're so brave to be looking like that'. This shocks me. I think that's what an actor's job is, to lose yourself in a role".
Naomi Watts - Awards & Achievements
Awards Movie Category Year Win/Nominated
AFI Awards, USA Mulholland Dr. (2001) AFI Actor of the Year - Female - Movies 2002 Nominated
Academy Awards, USA(Oscar) 21 Grams (2003) Best Actress in a Leading Role 2004 Nominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA(Saturn) The Ring (2002) Best Actress 2003 Won
Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Actress 2002 Nominated
BAFTA Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2004 Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Actress 2004 Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Actress 2002 Won
Chlotrudis Awards Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Actress 2002 Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Actress 2004 Won
Hollywood Film Festival - Breakthrough Acting 2002 Won
Independent Spirit Awards 21 Grams (2003) Special Distinction Award 2004 Won
L.A. Outfest Mulholland Dr. (2001) st Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2002 Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Supporting Actress 2002 Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Actress 2004 Won
National Board of Review, USA Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress 2001 Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Actress 2002 Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Actress 2004 Won
Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Actress 2002 Won
Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Breakthrough Performance 2002 Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Ensemble Acting 2004 Won
21 Grams (2003) Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2004 Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Actress 2003 Won
Mulholland Dr. (2001) Best Supporting Actress 2001 Won
Satellite Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama 2004 Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 21 Grams (2003) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role 2004 Nominated
Seattle International Film Festival Ellie Parker (2005) New American Cinema Award - Honorable Mention 2005 Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards 21 Grams (2003) Best Actress 2003 Won
Teen Choice Awards The Ring Two (2005) Choice Movie Scream Scene 2005 Won
Venice Film Festival 21 Grams (2003) Best Actress 2003 Won
21 Grams (2003) Wella Prize 2003 Won
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