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naomi wattsNaomi Watts, made famous for playing the damsel in distress in a spectacular remake of King Kong, was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England.

Watts later grew up in Northern Wales when her "hippie" parents decided to pack up and move the family to Sydney, Australia when Naomi was 14.

As the story goes, Watts' interest in acting led to a meeting with Nicole Kidman in Sydney on her first day in drama class. However, the two later diverged into completely different paths as Kidman won early TV roles, leading to a splashy Hollywood movie career, and high profile marriage to actor Tom Cruise. Meanwhile, Watts continued to struggle as a model.

Her early career in television commercials led to her big break on the hit Australian series Home and Away in 1988 and a few years later notably appeared on the big screen as Jet Girl in the otherwise lackluster Tank Girl released in 1995.

Her big break came in 2001 starring in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive which garnered the actress glowing reviews and more prominent movie roles among them a critically praised performance in the American remake of the Japanese horror classic, The Ring in 2001.

Along with taking on the original Fay Wray role in the 2005 remake of King Kong by director Peter Jackson, Watts' film credits also include a highly acclaimed performance in 21 Grams alongside Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro for which she received an Oscar Award nomination in 2004.

In 2006, she starred in The Painted Veil opposite real-life beau, actor Liev Schreiber. The couple's first son, Alexander "Sasha" Pete, was born in July the following year. (A second son, Samuel "Sammy" Kai, was born in December 2008.)

Other notable roles played by the actress have included the crime-thriller Eastern Promises (2007) and the The International (2009). Watts has also notably portrayed Valerie Plame Wilson in the drama Fair Game (2010) and Helen Gandy in Clint Eastwood's biographical drama J. Edgar (2011).

In 2012, her starring role in the disaster film The Impossible again garnered the actress Best Actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

More about Naomi Watts around the Web:

The Naomi Watts Experience - Fan site featuring news and updates, picture gallery, movie trailers, biography, filmography, fan mail address.

HELLO! Profiles - Naomi Watts - Chronicling the actress' early life and struggles to climb out of a B-movie career after her acclaimed performance in 21 Grams, with related picture gallery and filmography


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