Born: Naomi Ellen Watts
Birth Date: September 28, 1968
Birth Place: Shoreham, Kent, England, UK
Naomi Watts was honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s “21 Grams.” Her performance in the film, in which she starred alongside Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, also garnered Best Actress Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Southeastern Film Critics Association, Washington Area Film Critics and San Diego Film Critics, as well as Best Actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards®, BAFTAs, Broadcast Film Critics and Golden Satellites.
At the film’s premiere at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, she received the Audience Award (Lion of the Public) for Best Actress. The film itself won the Special Distinction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Watts was most recently seen in Jim Sheridan’s “Dream House,” with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz; in Doug Liman’s “Fair Game,” starring opposite Sean Penn; and in Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” as part of an all-star cast, including Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto and Antonio Banderas. She also starred in Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child,” for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and Tom Tykwer’s “The International,” with Clive Owen.
She will next be seen in Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible,” starring alongside Ewan McGregor, as well as in “Movie 43,” opposite Liev Schreiber in one of the film’s many comedic shorts.
Watts has had an impressive list of movies since her acclaimed turn in David Lynch’s controversial drama “Mulholland Drive,” for which she earned Best Actress Awards from a number of critics’ organizations, including the National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics. In addition to starring in Peter Jackson’s epic remake of “King Kong,” her credits include “We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” which she starred in and produced; “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” opposite Sean Penn and Don Cheadle; David O. Russell’s “I (Heart) Huckabee’s,” with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman; Marc Forster’s “Stay,” opposite Ewan McGregor and Ryan Gosling; Gore Verbinski’s “The Ring,” and its sequel, “The Ring 2”; Merchant-Ivory’s “Le Divorce,” alongside Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing; John Curran’s “The Painted Veil,” opposite Edward Norton, which was based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel; David Cronenberg’s drama/thriller “Eastern Promises,” opposite Viggo Mortensen; and Michael Haneke’s thriller “Funny Games.”
Born in England, Watts moved to Australia at the age of 14 and began studying acting. Her first major film role came in John Duigan’s “Flirting.” She produced and starred in the short film “Ellie Parker,” which screened in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. In 2005, a full length feature of the short debuted at Sundance.
Among her many awards and recognitions, Watts received the Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 2006 for her role in “King Kong”; was honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2003 for “21 Grams”; and in 2002, was named the Female Star of Tomorrow at ShoWest and received the Breakthrough Acting Award at the Hollywood Film Festival, both for her work in “Mulholland Drive.” She was most recently honored for her entire body of work at the 2011 Deauville Film Festival.