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Naomi Watts

Naomi WattsAKA Naomi Ellen Watts

Born: 28-Sep-1968
Birthplace: Shoreham, England

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Australia
Executive summary: First you see The Ring, then you die

Naomi Watts' early childhood was spent in England, where her father was a sound engineer for Pink Floyd. Her parents divorced when she was four, and for several years young Naomi and her brother and mother lived with her grandparents in Mold (a town in North Wales). Her father died when Watts was 9. When she was 14, her Welsh mother decided to move the family to Australia. After years of hearing her daughter ask, Watts was finally allowed to take acting classes when the family arrived in Australia. Eventually she dropped out of high school. At 18 she landed her first film work, a small part in the 1986 Australian drama, For Love Alone, starring Sam Neill.

Watts worked as a model, and it was five years before her second film, Flirting, with Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton. Watts and Kidman had met years earlier at various auditions, and have been close friends since their mid-teens. After Flirting, Watts spent the next ten years making flops (Matinee, Tank Girl, Persons Unknown, etc.), while remaining a person unknown to audiences. Frustrated, Watts has said she was about ready to "jack it in" when David Lynch hired her for a TV pilot he was shooting. The pilot didn't sell, but Lynch reworked it into a bizarre 2001 thriller, Mulholland Drive. Watts had her greatest mainstream success in the thriller The Ring (2002). She was nominated for Best Actress for 21 Grams in 2003, and she screamed the Fay Wray role in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong.

Father: Peter Watts (sound engineer for Pink Floyd, d. 1976 overdose)
Mother: Myfanwy Roberts ("Miv", interior designer)
Brother: Ben Watts (fashion photographer)
Boyfriend: Heath Ledger (actor, together 2002-04)
Boyfriend: Liev Schreiber (actor, together since 2004, two sons)
Son: Alexander Pete Schreiber (b. 25-Jul-2007, with Schreiber)
Son: Samuel Kai Schreiber (b. 13-Dec-2008, with Schreiber)

    English Ancestry Paternal
    Welsh Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Vegetarian, Yoga, Aviophobia

    Sleepwalkers Kate Russell (1997)

    Ophelia (22-Jan-2018)
    The Glass Castle (11-Aug-2017)
    The Book of Henry (16-Jun-2017)
    Shut In (6-Nov-2016)
    Allegiant (8-Mar-2016)
    Demolition (10-Sep-2015)
    The Sea of Trees (16-May-2015)
    Insurgent (11-Mar-2015)
    While We're Young (6-Sep-2014)
    St. Vincent (5-Sep-2014)
    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (27-Aug-2014)
    Diana (5-Sep-2013)
    Sunlight Jr. (20-Apr-2013)
    Adore (18-Jan-2013)
    Movie 43 (1-Jan-2013)
    The Impossible (9-Sep-2012)
    Woody Allen: A Documentary (30-May-2012) · Herself
    J. Edgar (3-Nov-2011) · Helen Gandy
    Dream House (29-Sep-2011) · Ann Patterson
    Fair Game (20-May-2010) · Valerie Plame
    You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (15-May-2010) · Sally
    Mother and Child (14-Sep-2009) · Elizabeth
    The International (5-Feb-2009)
    Funny Games (20-Oct-2007) · Ann
    Eastern Promises (8-Sep-2007)
    The Painted Veil (20-Dec-2006) · Kitty Fane
    Inland Empire (6-Sep-2006) [VOICE]
    King Kong (13-Dec-2005)
    Stay (24-Sep-2005)
    The Ring Two (17-Mar-2005) · Rachel
    Ellie Parker (2005)
    I Heart Huckabees (10-Sep-2004) · Dawn Campbell
    The Assassination of Richard Nixon (17-May-2004)
    We Don't Live Here Anymore (20-Jan-2004) · Edith Evans
    21 Grams (5-Sep-2003)
    Le Divorce (8-Aug-2003) · Roxeanne de Persand
    Ned Kelly (22-Mar-2003) · Julia Cook
    The Outsider (10-Nov-2002)
    Undertaking Betty (4-Oct-2002) · Meredith Mainwaring
    The Ring (2-Oct-2002)
    Rabbits (2002)
    Mulholland Dr. (16-May-2001) · Betty
    Down (11-May-2001)
    The Wyvern Mystery (5-Mar-2000)
    Strange Planet (7-Oct-1999)
    The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (9-May-1999)
    The Christmas Wish (6-Dec-1998)
    Babe: Pig in the City (25-Nov-1998) · Additional Voices [VOICE]
    Dangerous Beauty (20-Feb-1998) · Giulia De Lezze
    Under the Lighthouse Dancing (16-Oct-1997)
    Persons Unknown (27-Dec-1996)
    Timepiece (22-Dec-1996)
    Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (8-Oct-1996) · Grace Rhodes
    Bermuda Triangle (4-Apr-1996)
    Tank Girl (31-Mar-1995) · Jet Girl
    The Custodian (Sep-1993)
    Wide Sargasso Sea (16-Apr-1993)
    Matinee (29-Jan-1993) · "Shopping Cart" Starlet
    Brides of Christ (4-Sep-1991)
    Flirting (21-Mar-1991)
    For Love Alone (22-May-1986)

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