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