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Naomi Ellen Watts (born 28 September 1968) is a British born Australian actress. Watts began her career in Australian television, where she appeared in commercials and series, including the soap opera Home and Away, the award winning mini-series Brides of Christ and the family sitcom Hey Dad..!. Watts is known for her roles in the films 21 Grams (2003), which was nominated for two Academy Awards, Mulholland Drive (2001), The Ring (2002), King Kong (2005), where she acted along with Jack Black and Adrien Brody. Recently, Watts starred in The International and stars in Mother and Child, which will be released in 2010.

Early life

Watts was born in Shoreham, Kentmarker, England, the daughter of Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (née Roberts), a Welsh antiques dealer and costume and set designer, and Peter Watts, a road manager and sound engineer who worked with Pink Floyd.

Watts has one brother, Ben, a year older and now a photographer residing in the United States. Watts's parents separated when she was four years old. Her father died when she was seven or nine. Following her father's death, her mother relocated the family to Llanfawr Farm, on the Isle of Angleseymarker in North Wales, where they lived with Watts's maternal grandparents, Nikki and Hugh Roberts.

Watts described her mother (also an actress) as a hippie "with passive-aggressive tendencies" and no money, who used to threaten to send her and her brother to foster care in order to get her parents to provide for them. Although her mother occasionally moved the family around Wales and England, usually to follow boyfriends, she always ended up returning to Llangefni, living there until Naomi was 14. Watts says that she wanted to become an actress since watching the 1980 film Fame.

In 1982, the family moved to Sydneymarker, Australia. Her grandmother was Australian, which made it easier to obtain the documentation necessary, since Watts and her family were entitled to Australian citizenship. Of her nationality, she has said :

After moving to Sydney, she attended Mosman High school. She attended several schools, including North Sydney Girls High Schoolmarker, where her classmates included Nicole Kidman, with whom she is still close.

In 1986 she took a break from acting and went to Japan to work as a model, but the experience, which lasted for about four months, was fruitless as Watts did not have the physical requirements for a professional runway model and could only hope to be working in promotions, which did not excite her. Watts describes it as one of the worst periods of her life. Upon returning to Australia, she went to work for a local department store and from there she went to work as assistant fashion editor with an Australian fashion magazine. A casual invitation to participate in a drama workshop rekindled her passion for acting, and prompted her to quit her job and dedicate herself to succeeding as an actress.

Career

Watts's career began in Australian television, where she appeared in commercials and series, including the soap opera Home and Away, the award winning mini-series Brides of Christ and the family sitcom Hey Dad..!. She was featured in a supporting role in the acclaimed 1991 Australian indie film Flirting, starring future Hollywood up-and-comers Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton. As Watts made the transition from Australia to the United States, she landed a supporting role in the cult 1995 film Tank Girl, playing the part of "Jet Girl".

Finding quality roles in the Hollywoodmarker system at first proved difficult. She appeared in the short-lived series Sleepwalkers and numerous B-list productions such as films like Children of the Corn IV. Gradually, Watts attracted supporting roles in films such as Dangerous Beauty. In 2001, she starred in The Shaft directed by Dick Maas, which garnered poor reviews.


In 2001, Watts starred in David Lynch's highly acclaimed Mulholland Drive. The film premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festivalmarker, winning her the National Society of Film Critics Award as Best Actress and the National Board of Review award as Breakthrough Performance of the year. The surrealist film attracted controversy with a strong lesbian theme.

Having worked with director/screenwriter Scott Coffey on Mulholland Drive, they teamed up to co-produce her next film, the semi-autobiographical Ellie Parker, which grew out of the friendship forged between Watts and Coffey.

In 2002, she starred in one of the biggest box office hits of that year, the English language remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring. The following year, she starred in the film Ned Kelly opposite Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush; as well as the Merchant-Ivory film Le Divorce with Kate Hudson.

Her performance opposite Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro in director Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams earned Watts her first Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. She said of the nomination "It's far beyond what I ever dreamed for - that would have been too far fetched".

She produced and starred in the well-received independent film We Don't Live Here Anymore. She reunited with Sean Penn and Don Cheadle in The Assassination of Richard Nixon, teamed up with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman in David O. Russell's ensemble comedy I ♥ Huckabees, and starred in the sequel to the Ring, The Ring Two.

She then starred in the much-anticipated remake of King Kong (2005) as Ann Darrow. The role, immortalized by Fay Wray in the original film, proved to be Watts's most commercially successful film yet. Helmed by The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, the film won high praise and grossed $550 million worldwide.

Watts starred in The Painted Veil with Edward Norton and Liev Schreiber, released in December 2006. She has since finished the films Funny Games (a remake of the 1997 Austrian film by director Michael Haneke) with Tim Roth, and David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen.

The press has labeled her the "queen of remakes" because she has starred in so many of them; she is scheduled to star in the remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). Watts has stated only that there have been "discussions" about the remake.



In May 2006, Watts was named a special representative to the U.N. program for HIV/AIDS.

Personal life

Her father's manic laugh can be heard in Pink Floyd's "Speak to Me" and "Brain Damage" and her mother's comments can be heard in "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Money" from The Dark Side of the Moon. Watts is pictured in her mother's arms with her father, brother, the band, and other crew members, in the hardback/softcover edition of drummer Nick Mason's autobiography of the band Inside Out.

Watts dated Stephen Hopkins in the 1990s and actor Heath Ledger from August 2002 to May 2004. Since the spring of 2005, Watts's partner has been the actor Liev Schreiber. She confirmed in an interview in late January of 2009 that Liev had in fact given her a ring (which she was not wearing at the time) but that neither of them wanted to rush into marriage. This would confirm that they are engaged but had no serious plans for marriage at the time. Yet rumors that they had been married in a secret ceremony surfaced when a video of her and her family, which featured them planting trees for the Jewish National Fund in Israel, also featured Liev referring to her as his wife came out in early June. Liev, known to play tricks on the media, had once before called her as such in 2007 but later revealed that it was all a joke. Since there has been no proof given other than Liev's word in the video, it is unclear as to whether or not he is telling the truth or simply playing another joke.

The couple's first son, Alexander "Sacha" Pete, was born on 25 July 2007 in Los Angeles, and their second son, Samuel "Sammy" Kai, on 13 December 2008 in New York City. After a temporary hiatus from acting, she returned to work with The International, her first project since becoming a mother.

Watts is a close friend of Benicio del Toro, with whom she co-starred in 21 Grams. Watts is friends with actress Isla Fisher, and is godmother to The Mentalist's Simon Baker's oldest daughter, Stella. She is also best friends with fellow Australian actress Nicole Kidman, after having met when they were in their teens during an audition. Watts even moved in with Kidman for a time as nanny to Kidman's, and her then husband Tom Cruise, children when Watts's own career had yet to gain commercial success.

After filming The Painted Veil, she became attracted to Buddhism, claiming, "I have some belief but I am not a strict Buddhist or anything yet. There was a lot of excitement and energy there."

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1986 For Love Alone Leo's Girlfriend
The Custodian Louise
1991 Flirting Janet Odgers
1993 Wide Sargasso Sea Fanny Grey
Matinee Shopping Cart Starlet
1995 Tank Girl Jet Girl
Persons Unknown Molly
1996 Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering Grace Rhodes
1997 Under the Lighthouse Dancing Louise
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Additional Voices
The Christmas Wish Renee
Dangerous Beauty Guila De Lezze
A House Divided Amanda
1999 Strange Planet Alice
2001 Mulholland Drive Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Outfest - Screen Idol Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review for Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — American Film Institute Award for Best Actres
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress









Down Jennifer Evans The Shaft in the U.S.
Ellie Parker Ellie Parker (short film)
Never Date an Actress The shallow girlfriend
2002 The Ring Rachel Keller Saturn Award for Best Actress
Rabbits Suzie
The Outsider Rebecca Yoder
Undertaking Betty Meredith also released as Plots with a View
2003 21 Grams Cristina Peck Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Independent Spirit Awards - Special Distinction Award
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Venice Film Festival - Audience Award
Venice Film Festival - Wella Prize also for Le Divorce
Washington D.C.



















Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated —Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role















Le Divorce Roxeanne de Persand Venice Film Festival - Wella Prize also for 21 Grams
Ned Kelly Julia Cook
2004 I ♥ Huckabees Dawn Campbell
The Assassination of Richard Nixon Marie Andersen Bicke
We Don't Live Here Anymore Edith Evans
2005 King Kong Ann Darrow International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress
Nominated —Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated —Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated —Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress





Stay Lila Culpepper
The Ring Two Rachel Keller Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scream Scene
Ellie Parker Ellie Parker (feature film)
Seattle International Film Festival - New American Cinema Award - Honorable Mention
2006 The Painted Veil Kitty Fane
Inland Empire Suzie Rabbit (Voice)
2007 Eastern Promises Anna Khitrova Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
2008 Funny Games Anne
2009 The International Eleanor Whitman
2010 Mother and Child Elizabeth In Post-production
Fair Game Valerie Plame In Post-production
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger Filming
2011 Drawing Jenna Kaylan In Post-production


Television

Year Film Role
1990 Hey Dad..! Belinda
1991 Home and Away Julie Gibson
Brides of Christ Frances Heffernan
1993 Gross Misconduct Jennifer Carter
1996 Timepiece Mary Chandler
Bermuda Triangle Amanda
1997 Sleepwalkers Kate Russell
1998 The Christmas Wish Renee
1999 The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Holly Maddux
2000 The Wyvern Mystery Alice Fairfield
2002 The Outsider Rebecca Yoder


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