Naomi Ellen Watts (born 28 September 1968) is a British-Australian actress. Watts began her career in Australian television, where she appeared in series such as ‘Brides of Christ’ (1991). She started with roles in B-class movies, such as ‘Tank Girl’ (1995) and the 1996 horror film ‘Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering’, as well as roles in television and independent movies.
Watts gained critical acclaim following her work in David Lynch’s 2001 psychological thriller ‘Mulholland Drive’. A difficult role in the complex role-reversal thriller, Watts established herself as an brave actress, a trait she would continue to display throughout her career.
The next year, she received public recognition for her participation in the box office hit horror film ‘The Ring’. In 2004, she received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Cristina Peck in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s 2003 drama ’21 Grams’, alongside Sean Penn. Other notable film roles include PeterJackson’s 2005 remake of ‘King Kong’, the sequel to the Ring, ‘The Ring 2’ (2005), David Cronenberg’s excellent 2007 thriller ‘Eastern Promises’ and Michael Haneke’s 2008 remake of ‘Funny Games’.
An excellent actress, she makes interesting choices and is always good even in films not deserving of her talents.