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Born: Naomi Watts
Sept. 28, 1968,
Shoreham, England, UK
Los Angeles, Ca
Peter Watts, sound engineer and tour manager for Pink Floyd
until 1974. Left when Naomi was four years old. Died when she was
Brother: Ben Watts
Born in Britain and moved toAustralia at age 14.
Is a vegetarian.
First film role in For Love Alone (1986)
Born in England, Naomi Watts lost
her father when she was only ten years old, and four years later,
relocated to Australia with her mom and began to study acting. Eventually,
she began going on auditions (where she met her best friend Nicole
Kidman) and landed her first film role in For Love Alone
(1986.) Watts enjoyed her first substantial part alongside best
pal, Kidman, in Flirting (1991.) Cast as a snobby schoolgirl,
the teen actress made an impression, and her career was born.
After several unremarkable roles in
Australia and then Hollywood, she was cast in David Lynch's Mulholland
Drive. Her dual role as perky wannabe Betty Elms and the cynical
Diane Selwyn provided Watts with rich and complex material that
she skillfully handled.
Watts displayed a similar charisma
in the Sundance-screened short Ellie Parker (2001.) Casting
agents and directors began to take notice following this one-two
punch and Watts found herself being offered choice roles. She starred
as a frontier widow who harbors an outlaw in the Showtime original,
The Outsider (2001) and played a pair of journalists, first
as a TV newswoman investigating a rash of elevator accidents in
Down (2001) and then as a reporter who discovers a cursed
videotape in the thriller The Ring (2002).
"It's always nerve-racking to take off your clothes on film. But doing it with a woman felt safer than with a man. You know you can say, 'Don't grab me there. That's where my cellulite is!'"