Naomi Watts Biography (1968-)

naomi-watts. Born September 28, 1968, in Shoreham, England. An Academy Award-nominated , has tackled a diverse mix of projects in her career, ranging from horror to comedy, from big epics to small independent films. As a teenager, she and her family moved to Australia. In 1986, Watts made her film debut in For Love Alone. In her next film, she got to work with dear friend Nicole Kidman in the boarding school drama Flirting (1991).

For years, Watts appeared on television and in several films. But it wasn’t until her performance in David Lynch’s acclaimed mystery Mulholland Drive in 2001 that critics began to take notice. The role jumpstarted Watts’ career, and she began to land big projects. She starred in the sleeper hit The Ring (2002), which was the American remake of popular Japanese horror film. Taking on lighter fare, she appeared in Le Divorce (2003)—based on the best-selling novel by Diane Johnson—as an American woman married to a Frenchman living in Paris. Her relationship with her husband falls apart while her sister played by Kate Hudson is visiting.

That same year, Watts amazed both audiences and critics with her outstanding performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s thriller 21 Grams opposite Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro. Her portrayal of a young mother with a reckless past was touted by many as the finest of her career, earning her an Academy Award nomination. Watts followed up this role with a part in the martial drama, We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004), and the offbeat comedy, I Heart Huckabees (2004), as well as a reunion with Sean Penn in The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004).

Watts returned mainstream in 2005 for The Ring Two and for Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Most recently, she co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in the organized crime drama Eastern Promises (2007) and appeared in the thriller Funny Games (2007).

Once romantically linked to actor Heath Ledger, Watts has found happiness with actor Liev Scheiber.  The couple welcomed a son, Alexander Pete, on July 26, 2007, in Los Angeles.

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