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Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in "21 Grams."


September 28, 1968.

Place of Birth:

Shoreham, Kent, England.

Breakout Role:

Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn in David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr."

Oscar Nomination:

Naomi Watts received her first Oscar-nomination for her powerful performance as bereaved mother and recovering drug addict Christina Peck in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "21 Grams."

Baby Boy:

Naomi Watts gave birth to a baby boy on July 25, 2007. Alexander Pete Schreiber weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. He's the first child of Watts and actor boyfriend Liev Schreiber.

Friendship :

Watt is long time best friend of another famous Australian actress, Nicole Kidman.


Born in England, Naomi Watts moved to Australia at 14 and began acting while attending school. She is the daughter of Peter Watts, sound engineer and tour manager for Pink Floyd until 1974. She worked in Hollywood for fifteen years with parts in such forgettable films as "Wide Sargasso Sea," "Tank Girl," "Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering" and "Ellie Parker" before getting her big break. David Lynch cast unknown Naomi Watt's for an ABC pilot "Mulhulland Drive" as the sunny blonde half of a female duo caught in a mystery of shifting identities. When the network cancelled the series, Lynch transformed the project into a feature film and Naomi Watt's mercurial performance garnered vast critical acclaim. The prestigous National Board of Review awarded Watts with Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress.

Though Watts did not receive an Academy Award nomination for the role, she has been working steadily ever since, with starring roles in major feature films. She helmed the box-office hit "The Ring," the Hollywood remake of the Japanese horror blockbuster, co-starred with Kate Hudson in the Merchant-Ivory film "Le Divorce." Eager to work with the director of "Amores Perros," she accepted the role of Christina Peck in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "21 Grams" without even reading the script. In a talent filled cast that includes Benicio del Toro (who received a Best Supporting Actor nomination) and Sean Penn, Naomi Watts is the one who gets to show the big emotions: her grief in the film is enough to knock you out.

More films for Watts include John Curran's "We Don't Live Here Anymore," Marc Foster's "Stay" co-starring Ewan McGregor, David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabee's" and Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong." In 2006, Watts starred in "The Painted Veil" with Ed Norton and provided the voice for a talking rabbit in David Lynch's "Inland Empire." In 2007, she will be seen in David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" opposite Viggo Mortensen and Michael Haneke's "Funny Games."

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