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Naomi Watts

Highest Rated:   96% Flirting (1992)
Lowest Rated:   4% Movie 43 (2013)
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Birthplace:   Shoreham, Kent, England
Naomi Watts had already been a working actress for over a decade when she earned notice as a promising newcomer in David Lynch's Cannes Film Festival prizewinner Mulholland Drive (2001).Born September 28th, 1968, Watts began acting in her teens, landing her first film role in For Love Alone (1986). Watts subsequently appeared with future Hollywood headliners Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton in John Duigan's disarming teen romance Flirting (1991). Watts's next film with Duigan, Wide Sargasso Sea (1992), was not so well received. After her first taste of Hollywood with Joe Dante's schlock movie homage Matinee (1992), Watts nabbed a starring role as Jimmy Smits's disturbed student in George Miller's little seen courtroom drama Gross Misconduct (1993). Watts then starred as Jet Girl to Lori Petty's Tank Girl (1995), but the science fiction fantasy suffered an ignominious box office fate. After a series of TV movies and thrillers, including Sleepwalkers (1997) and Children of the Corn IV (1996), Watts appeared in Marshall Herskovitz's high-toned Venetian courtesan costumer Dangerous Beauty (1998) and successful TV docudrama The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999). Watts's breakthrough finally arrived when David Lynch cast her in his ABC pilot Mulholland Drive. Though ABC canceled the project in 1999 after Lynch turned in a typically mood-drenched work, StudioCanal financed its transformation into a feature that debuted to acclaim at Cannes in 2001. A Los Angeles dreamscape akin to Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive featured Watts as the blonde half of a female duo caught in a mystery of shifting identities. Drawing attention for her not-for-network TV love scene with co-star Laura Harring, Watts also earned praise as a rising "new" actress.Though ignored for an Oscar nomination, Watts's tour-de-force dual performance earned her numerous accolades and critics' awards, igniting her career. Working steadily in the wake of Mulholland Drive, Watts scored a box-office as well as critical success a year later with The Ring (2002), the Hollywood remake of the Japanese horror blockbuster. Starring Watts as an intrepid reporter investigating the origins of a lethal videotape, The Ring overcame studio doubts to become a sleeper hit, solidifying Watts's new star status. Watts subsequently donned period dress for the Showtime western The Outsider (2002), and to co-star alongside fellow Aussie Heath Ledger in The Kelly Gang (2003). Balancing her genre work with potentially headier fare guided by notable directors, Watts also appeared with Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing in the Merchant-Ivory romantic comedy Le Divorce (2003), and won a leading role opposite formidable actors Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams (2003).In 2004, Watts worked opposite Mark Ruffalo for the independent film We Don't Live Here Anymore, and reteamed with Sean Penn for The Assassination of Richard Nixon. She landed the starring role of Ann Darrow in director Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong (2006), and starred in the 2006 remake of The Painted Veil. Watts was praised for her work as a British midwife who accidentally gets involved in the Russian mafia in director David Cronenberg's psychological thriller Eastern Promises. Watts starred along with Clive Owen in 2009's The International, for which she played the part of an assistant district attorney who participates in a plan to rob a bank, and co-starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Benning, and Kerry Washington for the drama Mother and Child. Watts was later cast in Dream House (2011), a thriller starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, and worked with Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2011 biopic J. Edgar. In 2012 she played the mother of a family trapped in a catastrophic storm in The Impossible, garnering a Best Actress nomination for her work in the film.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Larrikins
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet The Glass Castle
  • Rose Mary Walls
2017
No Score Yet The Book of Henry
  • Susan Carpenter
2017
30% 3 Generations
  • Maggie
  • Executive Producer
$66.9k 2017
77% Chuck
  • Linda Wepner
$0.2M 2017
90% I Am Heath Ledger
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Ophelia
  • Queen Gertrude
2017
6% Shut In
  • Mary
$6.9M 2016
12% The Sea of Trees
  • Joan Brennan
$20.6k 2016
52% Demolition
  • Karen Moreno
$1.7M 2016
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • Evelyn
2016
No Score Yet The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
  • Actor
2016
84% While We're Young
  • Cornelia
$7.1M 2015
29% Insurgent
  • Actor
$114.2M 2015
93% The Last Impresario
  • Actor
2014
78% St. Vincent
  • Daka
$33.5M 2014
91% Birdman
  • Lesley
2014
67% Sunlight Jr.
  • Melissa
2013
8% Diana
  • Princess Diana
$1.1M 2013
31% Adore
  • Executive Producer
  • Lil
$0.2M 2013
4% Movie 43
  • Samantha
$8.8M 2013
No Score Yet Caught in Flight
  • Actor
2013
81% The Impossible
  • Maria
$19M 2012
43% J. Edgar
  • Helen Gandy
$37.4M 2011
6% Dream House
  • Ann Paterson
$21.4M 2011
95% Woody Allen: A Documentary
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Corrections
  • Actor
2011
79% Fair Game
  • Valerie Plame
$9.6M 2010
45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  • Sally
$3.2M 2010
79% Mother and Child
  • Elizabeth
$1.2M 2010
59% The International
  • Eleanor
$25.5M 2009
52% Funny Games
  • Ann
  • Executive Producer
$1.1M 2008
No Score Yet Kicked, Bitten and Scratched
  • Actor
2008
89% Eastern Promises
  • Anna
$17.2M 2007
74% The Painted Veil
  • Producer
  • Kitty Fane
$8M 2006
72% Inland Empire
  • Actor
2006
84% King Kong
  • Ann Darrow
$218.2M 2005
No Score Yet King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries
  • Actor
2005
51% Ellie Parker
  • Producer
  • Ellie Parker
2005
27% Stay
  • Lila Culpepper
$3.4M 2005
20% The Ring Two
  • Rachel Keller
$75.9M 2005
68% The Assassination of Richard Nixon
  • Marie Bicke
$0.6M 2004
62% I Heart Huckabees
  • Dawn Campbell
$12.8M 2004
65% We Don't Live Here Anymore
  • Producer
  • Edith Evans
$2M 2004
80% 21 Grams
  • Cristina Peck
$16.2M 2003
37% Le Divorce
  • Roxeanne de Persand
$9M 2003
56% Ned Kelly
  • Julia Cook
2003
40% Undertaking Betty
  • Meredith
2003
No Score Yet The Outsider
  • Rebecca Yoder
2002
71% The Ring
  • Rachel Keller
$128.6M 2002
No Score Yet Rabbits
  • Actor
2002
83% Mulholland Drive
  • Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn
$7.1M 2001
20% Down (The Shaft)
  • Jennifer Evans
2001
No Score Yet The Wyvern Mystery
  • Alice
2000
No Score Yet The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Strange Planet
  • Alice
1999
70% Dangerous Beauty
  • Guila De Lezze
1998
No Score Yet The Christmas Wish
  • Renee Carr
1998
No Score Yet Under the Lighthouse Dancing
  • Louise
1997
20% Persons Unknown
  • Molly
1996
No Score Yet Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering
  • Grace Rhodes
1996
No Score Yet Timepiece
  • Mary Parkin
1996
No Score Yet Triángulo de las Bermudas
  • Amanda
1996
38% Tank Girl
  • Jet Girl
1995
No Score Yet Gross Misconduct
  • Jennifer Carter
1993
58% Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Fanny Grey
1993
No Score Yet The Custodian
  • Louise
1993
93% Matinee
  • `Shopping Cart' Starlet
1992
96% Flirting
  • Janet Odgers
1992
No Score Yet Brides of Christ
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet For Love Alone
  • Leo's Girlfriend
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Gypsy
2017
  • Jean Halloway
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003

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