Naomi Watts is an English-Australian actress best known for her roles in the films Mullohand Drive, The Ring, King Kong, Funny Games and 21 Grams.
The daughter of antique dealer and costume set designer, Myfannwy "Miv" Roberts, and road manager and Pink Floyd’s sound engineer, Peter Watts, Naomi Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, Kent, England. Her parents separated when she was four. After her father’s death in 1975, her mother transferred the whole family in Llanfawr Farm, on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. In 1982, her family moved to Sydney, Australia, where she attended North Sydney Girls High School.
Naomi Watts began her acting career when she appeared in various commercials and television series including Home and Away, Brides of Christ, and Hey Dad..! In 1991, she did a supporting role in the critically acclaimed Australian film Flirting, in which she co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton.
Watts made her debut in American television when she appeared in the short-lived science fiction series Sleepwalkers in 1997. She then followed this by her appearances in Children of the Corn IV, Dangerous Beauty, and The Shaft, which garnered poor review from critics.
Watts finally had her big break in 2001 when she co-starred with Laura Elena Harring and Justin Theroux in David Lynch’s critically acclaimed film Mullohand Drive. In the movie, she played the aspiring actress Betty Elms, a role which earned her a National Society of Film Critics Award as Best Actress and the National Board of Review award as Breakthrough Performance of the year.
Watts further gained recognition when she starred in the 2002 remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring. She then followed this by her performance in the films Le Divorce, in which she co-starred with Kate Hudson and in 21 Grams, for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her remarkable portrayal of Christina Peck.
Watts also starred in the 2005 version of King Kong as the beautiful actress Ann Darris. The movie was such a huge success, grossing a towering figure of $550 million worldwide.