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).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
63% No Score Yet Penguin Bloom Sam (Character),
Producer
- 2020
50% 44% The Wolf Hour June Leigh (Character) - 2019
90% 77% Luce Amy Edgar (Character) $2M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boss Level Jemma Wells (Character) - 2019
60% 60% Ophelia Gertrude/Mechtild (Character) $50.7K 2018
52% 71% 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 Herself (Character) - 2017
11% 41% The Divergent Series: Allegiant Evelyn (Character) $66.2M 2016
7% 22% Shut In Mary (Character) $6.9M 2016
80% 63% The Bleeder Linda (Character) $320.7K 2016
53% 54% Demolition Karen Moreno (Character) $1.8M 2015
28% 58% The Divergent Series: Insurgent Evelyn (Character) $130.1M 2015
17% 42% The Sea of Trees Joan Brennan (Character) $14K 2015
32% 44% About Ray Maggie (Character),
Executive Producer
$66.4K 2015
84% 51% While We're Young Cornelia Srebnick (Character) $7.6M 2014
91% 77% Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Lesley (Character) $42.3M 2014
77% 78% St. Vincent Daka (Character) $44.1M 2014
4% 24% Movie 43 Samantha (Character) $8.8M 2013
8% 25% Diana Princess Diana (Character) $331.6K 2013
63% 33% Sunlight Jr. Melissa (Character) - 2013
33% 41% Adore Lil (Character),
Executive Producer
$317.1K 2013
81% 84% The Impossible Maria (Character) $19M 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Corrections Unknown (Character) - 2011
43% 44% J. Edgar Helen Gandy (Character) $37.3M 2011
6% 36% Dream House Ann Patterson (Character) $21.3M 2011
79% 65% Fair Game Valerie Plame (Character) $9.5M 2010
46% 33% 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
52% 54% Funny Games Anna Farber (Character),
Executive Producer
$1.3M 2007
72% 75% Inland Empire Talking Rabbit (Voice) - 2006
74% 85% The Painted Veil Kitty Fane (Character),
Co-Producer
$8M 2006
No Score Yet 64% King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries Unknown (Character) - 2005
27% 70% Stay Lila Culpepper (Character) $3.6M 2005
51% 43% Ellie Parker Ellie Parker (Character),
Producer
$34.4K 2005
20% 33% The Ring Two Rachel Keller (Character) $75.9M 2005
84% 50% King Kong Ann Darrow (Character) $218.1M 2005
67% 69% The Assassination of Richard Nixon Marie Byck (Character) $697.8K 2004
65% 54% We Don't Live Here Anymore Edith Evans (Character),
Producer
$2M 2004
63% 75% I Heart Huckabees Dawn Campbell (Character) $12.8M 2004
80% 86% 21 Grams Cristina Peck (Character) $16.2M 2003
55% 53% Ned Kelly Julia Cook (Character) $74.9K 2003
36% 26% Le Divorce Roxeanne Walker (Character) $9.1M 2003
71% 48% The Ring Rachel Keller (Character) $128.6M 2002
No Score Yet 76% The Outsider Rebecca Yoder (Character) - 2002
50% 66% Undertaking Betty Meredith (Character) - 2002
83% 87% Mulholland Dr. Betty Elms (Character) $0 2001
20% 18% 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
68% 86% Dangerous Beauty Guila De Lezze (Character) $4.6M 1998
No Score Yet 72% The Christmas Wish Renee (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 80% Under the Lighthouse Dancing Louise (Character) - 1997
14% 31% Persons Unknown Molly (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bermuda Triangle Amanda (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 25% Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering Grace Rhodes (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timepiece Mary Chandler (Character) - 1996
40% 63% Tank Girl Jet Girl (Character) $3.8M 1995
No Score Yet 20% The Custodian Louise (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gross Misconduct Jennifer Carter (Character) - 1993

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Zoo: Down Under Narrator 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Hoda & Jenna Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loudest Voice Gretchen Carlson (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 58% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2019 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2019 2016-2017
No Score Yet 40% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2019 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twin Peaks: The Return Janey-E Jones (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2017
40% 89% Gypsy Jean Holloway (Character),
Executive Producer
2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2017
No Score Yet 25% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's Take Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2013-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2015-2016 2013 2008-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Between Two Ferns Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainers: With Byron Allen Guest 2012 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet ES.TV Guest 2012 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Guest 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sleepwalkers Unknown (Character) 2001 1997-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mystery! Unknown (Character) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Holly Maddux (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE SHOWTIME: The Loudest Voice Gretchen Carlson (Character)

QUOTES FROM Naomi Watts CHARACTERS

Dawn Campbell says: You can't deal with my infinite nature, can you...

Dawn Campbell says: You can't deal with my infinite nature, can you.

Brad Stand says: That's so note true! ... Wait what does that even mean!

Brad Stand says: That's so note true! Wait what does that even mean!

Maggie says: I went through raising my daughter all by myself and I will be raising my son exactly the same!

Maggie says: What if he turns around and says one day, "mom, I've made a mistake"?

Lesley says: He tried to fuck me in front of the entire audience.

Lesley says: When I dreamed of Broadway, I never pictured the elk antlers.

Jake says: Oh my gosh! How do you know Mike Shiner?

Lesley says: We share a vagina.

Lesley says: I wish I had more self-respect.

Laura says: You're an actress.

Lila Culpepper says: There's too much beauty to quit.

Princess Diana says: Yeah, we finally find out the truth, who killed her and God knows, as I know too!

Maria says: We have to help that little boy. Even if it's the last thing that we could do.

Maria says: : Lucas, look at this place. They're so busy in here. You get to go and do something. Go help people. You're good at it.

Kitty Fane says: As if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue.

Noah says: I can't imagine being stuck down a well all alone like that. How long could you survive?

Rachel Keller says: Seven days.

Maria says: Am I dead?

Kitty Fane says: If no one spoke unless they had something to say, the human race would lose the power of speech.

Valerie Plame Wilson says: It's the White House. Do you seriously think you pick a fight with the White House and win? They'll bury us!

Joe Wilson says: They bury us if we don't!

Valerie Plame Wilson says: When Kammel was executed in 95 the team just drifted apart. They're all saying the same thing. There is no weapons program.

Maria says: Close your eyes, think of something nice

Maria says: Close your eyes, think of something nice.

Maria says: [Tsunami comes] The Children!

Maria says: [tsunami comes] The Children!

Maria says: Lucus, go and help people.

Samara Morgan says: MOMMY!

Rachel Keller says: I'm not your F***ING mommy!

Samara says: 7 Days

Samara says: Seven days.

Rachel Keller says: Gasp

Rachel Keller says: [gasps]

Dr. Grasnik says: See, when you live on an island you catch a cold, it's everybody's cold.

Rachel Keller says: No offense, ma'am, but what the hell does that mean?

Dr. Grasnik says: It means ever since that girl's been gone, things have been better.

Anna Farber says: Why don't you just kill us???

Anna Farber says: Why don't you just kill us?

Peter says: You shouldn't forget the importance of entertainment

Peter says: You shouldn't forget the importance of entertainment.

Lila Culpepper says: There's too much beauty to quit.

J. Edgar Hoover says: You remember that file we created on his wife?

Helen Gandy says: Mrs. Roosevelt?

J. Edgar Hoover says: Would you make a copy for me please.

Kitty Fane says: I've never thought of you in that way.

Walter Fane says: I think I improve greatly upon acquaintance.

Rachel Keller says: All you got to do is calling my name, and I will follow your voice.

Rachel Keller says: All you have to do is call my name, and I'll follow your voice.

Helen Gandy says: All the admiration in the world canâ??t fill the spot where love goes.

Helen Gandy says: All the admiration in the world can't fill the spot where love goes.

Rachel Keller says: Before you die, you see the ring

Rachel Keller says: I think before you die, you see the ring...

Rachel Keller says: I'm not your F***ING mommy!

Noah says: I can't imagine being stuck down a well all alone like that. How long could you survive?

Rachel Keller says: Seven days.

Aidan says: What happened to the girl?

Rachel Keller says: Samara?

Aidan says: Is that her name?

Rachel Keller says: Mm-hmm.

Aidan says: Is she still in the dark place?

Rachel Keller says: No. We set her free.

Aidan says: ...You helped her?

Rachel Keller says: Yeah.

Aidan says: Why did you do that?

Rachel Keller says: What's wrong, honey?

Aidan says: You weren't supposed to help her. Don't you understand, Rachel? She never sleeps.

Christine says: You know what I thought when mom died? I couldn't understand how you could talk to people again, how you could laugh... again. I couldn't understand how you could play with us. And no, no that's a lie, life does not just go on.

Anna Farber says: He only wants to have a game.

Peter says: Funny game.

Rachel Keller says: He watched the tape.

Noah says: Who? who watched it?

Male Teen #1 says: Our son

Rachel Keller says: I think before you die, you see the ring...

Ann Darrow says: Good things never last Mr. Denham.

Sally says: There is no such thing as predicting the future!

Dr. Zahraa says: How do you do it? Lie to someone to their face? Huh?

Valerie Plame Wilson says: You have to know, know why you're lying... And never forget the truth.