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      Naomi Watts

      Naomi Watts

      Highest Rated: 91% Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Movie 43 (2013)

      Birthday: Sep 28, 1968

      Birthplace: Shoreham, Kent, England, UK

      British actress Naomi Watts rebounded from early career doldrums to enjoy a successful run in a diverse array of films in the 2000s, including Oscar-nominated turns in "21 Grams" (2003) and "The Impossible" (2012), as well as such popular features as "The Ring" (2002), "I Heart Huckabees" (2004), "King Kong"(2005) and "While We're Young" (2014). Born Naomi Ellen Watts on September 28, 1968 in Kent, England, she was the daughter of Peter Watts, a road manager and sound engineer for the UK rock band Pink Floyd, and Welsh costume and set designer Myfanwy Edwards. Her parents split when Watts was four years of age, and her father died three years later of an apparent heroin overdose, which left Edwards to raise Watts and her older brother, Ben, through acting and design jobs. The family relocated several times during Watts's childhood before settling in Australia during her teenage years; there, after failing to graduate from school and then dabbling in modeling, marketing and magazine editorial work, she decided to follow her childhood interest in acting. Her first screen role came at the age of 18 in the 1986 Australian feature "For Love Alone," but it would be five more years before she earned a follow-up, thanks largely to fellow actress Nicole Kidman, whom she had befriended while the two pursued modeling jobs as teenagers. Kidman introduced her to director John Duigan at the premiere of her 1991 thriller "Dead Calm," and Watts was subsequently cast alongside Kidman and Thandie Newton in his 1991 film "Flirting." After roles in several Australian television projects, Watts accepted Kidman's request to come to Los Angeles, but the trip proved largely fruitless, save for a minor role in Joe Dante's sci-fi/comedy "Matinee" (1993). She then returned to Australia for supporting turns in several films, including Duigan's "Wide Sargasso Sea" (1993), before deciding to make Los Angeles her permanent home, but again, film projects proved elusive. Watts enjoyed a starring role in "Tank Girl" (1995), a sci-fi comedy based on the UK comic series of the same name. It failed to connect with audiences, and Watts spent much of the next five years in a largely negative cycle of underwhelming projects, like "Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering" (1996) and voice work in "Babe: Pig in the City" (1998), and failing to land roles in "The Devil's Advocate" (1997) and "Meet the Parents" (2000). But in 1999, Watts was cast in a television pilot for David Lynch called "Mulholland Drive"; the surreal, psychological thriller failed to secure pick up for series, but with backing from French investors, he completed the project as a feature film. "Mulholland" proved to be a huge critical success, with Watts reaping much of the praise, as well as a Best Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics. More importantly, the film was a springboard for Watts's move into starring roles, beginning in 2002 with "The Ring," an American remake of the Japanese horror film about a cursed videotape. A huge box office hit, Watts followed "Ring" with an eclectic array of projects: she reunited with Lynch for a series of short films under the umbrella title of "Rabbits" (2002), then teamed with Heath Ledger for a remake of the Australian western "Ned Kelly" (2003) before moving into arthouse territory for "Le Divorce" (2003), a drama by James Ivory and Ismail Merchant. It proved to be a box office disappointment, but its follow-up, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "21 Grams" (2003), was not only a critical hit but also a personal success for Watts. As a grieving wife who convinced schoolteacher Sean Penn, who received her late husband's heart in a transplant, to avenge his murder, Watts earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Again, the success of the film led to a wave of projects for the actress, including the indie "We Don't Live Here Anymore" (2004) and David O. Russell's comedy "I Heart Huckabees" (2004), before moving into blockbuster territory with Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong" (2005), for which she played the monster's unrequited love, a role originated by Fay Wray in the original 1933 version. Its colossal success allowed Watts to devote her energies to films and directors that intrigued her, which led to collaborations with David Cronenberg in "Eastern Promises" (2007), German director Michael Haneke in a 2007 English language remake of his excruciatingly tense thriller "Funny Games", Tom Twyker on "The International" (2009), and Clint Eastwood on his biopic "J. Edgar" (2010). She would then net a second Oscar nomination as a woman struggling to find her family in the wake of a tsunami in J.A. Bayona's "The Impossible" (2012), but subsequent projects would vary wildly in terms of quality and response. She shared a Screen Actors Guild Award with her castmates for Inarritu's Oscar-winning "Birdman" (2012), and was featured in "Insurgent" (2015) and "Allegiant" (2016), the second and third entries in the popular "Divergent Series" of science fiction thrillers. But indies like "Adore" (2013) and "St. Vincent" (2014) were met with tepid reviews, while her turn as Princess Diana in 2013's "Diana" and Gus Van Sant's "Sea of Trees" (2015) received critical brickbats, a fate which also befell "Shut In" (2016) and her Netflix series "Gypsy" (2017), with Watts as a therapist who became intimately involved with her patients. But her next television effort, "The Loudest Voice," which cast her as news journalist Gretchen Carlson opposite Russell Crowe's Roger Ailes, was a critical hit, and Watts was soon announced as part of HBO's prequel series to "Game of Thrones" (2011-2019).

      Highest rated movies

      Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) poster Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Luce poster Luce Eastern Promises poster Eastern Promises Mulholland Dr. poster Mulholland Dr. While We're Young poster While We're Young King Kong poster King Kong The Bleeder poster The Bleeder The Impossible poster
      The Impossible




      No Score Yet No Score Yet Periodical Self - 2023
      40% 35% Goodnight Mommy Mother (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      55% 55% Infinite Storm Pam Bales (Character),
      $1.6M 2022
      28% No Score Yet The Desperate Hour Amy Carr (Character),
      - 2021
      13% No Score Yet This Is the Night Marie Dedea (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      73% 77% Boss Level Jemma Wells (Character) - 2021
      67% 71% Penguin Bloom Sam (Character),
      - 2020
      46% 44% The Wolf Hour June Leigh (Character) - 2019
      90% 77% Luce Amy Edgar (Character) $2.0M 2019
      62% 60% Ophelia Gertrude/Mechtild (Character) $50.7K 2018
      51% 70% The Glass Castle Rose Mary (Character) $17.2M 2017
      22% 63% The Book of Henry Susan Carpenter (Character) $4.2M 2017
      86% 84% I Am Heath Ledger Self - 2017
      81% 63% The Bleeder Linda (Character) $320.7K 2016
      4% 23% Shut In Mary (Character) $6.9M 2016
      11% 41% The Divergent Series: Allegiant Evelyn (Character) $66.2M 2016
      33% 44% 3 Generations Maggie (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $66.4K 2015
      17% 43% The Sea of Trees Joan Brennan (Character) $14.0K 2015
      54% 54% Demolition Karen Moreno (Character) $1.8M 2015
      28% 58% The Divergent Series: Insurgent Evelyn (Character) $130.1M 2015
      84% 51% While We're Young Cornelia Srebnick (Character) $7.6M 2014
      91% 78% Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Lesley (Character) $42.3M 2014
      78% 78% St. Vincent Daka (Character) $44.1M 2014
      63% 32% Sunlight Jr. Melissa (Character) - 2013
      7% 26% Diana Princess Diana (Character) $331.6K 2013
      33% 41% Adore Lil (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $317.1K 2013
      4% 24% Movie 43 Samantha (Character) $8.8M 2013
      81% 84% The Impossible Maria (Character) $19.0M 2012
      43% 44% J. Edgar Helen Gandy (Character) $37.3M 2011
      7% 36% Dream House Ann Patterson (Character) $21.3M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Corrections Unknown (Character) - 2011
      79% 65% Fair Game Valerie Plame (Character) $9.5M 2010
      46% 34% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Sally (Character) $3.2M 2010
      78% 76% Mother and Child Elizabeth (Character) $1.1M 2009
      58% 37% The International Eleanor Whitman (Character) $25.5M 2009
      89% 83% Eastern Promises Anna (Character) $17.1M 2007
      51% 54% Funny Games Anna Farber (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $1.3M 2007
      74% 85% The Painted Veil Kitty Fane (Character),
      $8.0M 2006
      72% 75% Inland Empire Talking Rabbit (Voice) - 2006
      51% 43% Ellie Parker Ellie Parker (Character),
      $34.4K 2005
      84% 50% King Kong Ann Darrow (Character) $218.1M 2005
      26% 70% Stay Lila Culpepper (Character) $3.6M 2005
      20% 33% The Ring Two Rachel Keller (Character) $75.9M 2005
      No Score Yet 64% King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries Unknown (Character) - 2005
      65% 54% We Don't Live Here Anymore Edith Evans (Character),
      $2.0M 2004
      63% 75% I Heart Huckabees Dawn Campbell (Character) $12.8M 2004
      67% 69% The Assassination of Richard Nixon Marie Byck (Character) $697.8K 2004
      55% 53% Ned Kelly Julia Cook (Character) $74.9K 2003
      81% 86% 21 Grams Cristina Peck (Character) $16.2M 2003
      36% 26% Le Divorce Roxeanne Walker (Character) $9.1M 2003
      50% 66% Undertaking Betty Meredith (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 76% The Outsider Rebecca Yoder (Character) - 2002
      71% 48% The Ring Rachel Keller (Character) $128.6M 2002
      85% 87% Mulholland Dr. Betty Elms (Character) $0 2001
      20% 19% Down Jennifer Evans (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 18% The Wyvern Mystery Alice Fairfield (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 42% Strange Planet Alice (Character) - 1999
      69% 85% Dangerous Beauty Guila De Lezze (Character) $4.6M 1998
      No Score Yet 72% The Christmas Wish Renee (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 82% Under the Lighthouse Dancing Louise (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Timepiece Mary Chandler (Character) - 1996
      14% 31% Persons Unknown Molly (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 25% Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering Grace Rhodes (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bermuda Triangle Amanda (Character) - 1996
      41% 62% Tank Girl Jet Girl (Character) $3.8M 1995
      No Score Yet 35% Gross Misconduct Jennifer Carter (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 20% The Custodian Louise (Character) - 1993


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      Executive Producer
      No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 42% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017 2019 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under Narrator 2020-2022
      No Score Yet 21% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 31% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008-2009 2013 2015-2016 2021
      55% 100% The Loudest Voice Gretchen Carlson (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 46% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017 2019
      No Score Yet 83% Twin Peaks: The Return Janey-E Jones (Character) 2017
      40% 84% Gypsy Jean Holloway (Character),
      Executive Producer
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2012
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012
      No Score Yet 96% Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sleepwalkers Unknown (Character) 1997-1998 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 2000