Watts, Naomi 1968–

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WATTS, Naomi 1968–


Born September 28, 1968, in Shoreham, Kent, England; immigrated to Australia, c. 1983; daughter of Peter Watts (a sound engineer and road manager) and Myfannwy "Miv" (a film costume designer, set designer, and antiques dealer). Education: Studied drama.

Addresses: Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager— Untitled Entertainment, 8436 West Third St., Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Publicist—PMK/HBH Public Relations, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (some sources cite 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211).

Career: Actress and producer. Appeared in television commercials; worked as a model; assistant fashion editor for Follow Me magazine; worked in advertising.

Awards, Honors: National Board of Review Award, best breakthrough performance by an actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Award, best supporting actress, and Boston Society of Film Critics Award, second place, best actress, all 2001, National Society of Film Critics Award, best actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, best actress, Sierra Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, best supporting actress, Chlotrudis Award, best actress, Screen Idol Award, best performance by an actress in a leading role, L.A. Outfest, Online Film Critics Society awards, best actress and best breakthrough performance, Saturn Award nomination, best actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, and American Film Institute (AFI) Film Award nomination, AFI actor of the Year—female—movies, all 2002, all for Mulholland Dr.; ShoWest Award, female star of tomorrow, National Association of Theatre Owners, 2002; Hollywood Discovery Award, breakthrough acting, Hollywood Film Festival, 2002; named to "hot 100 of 2002" list, Maxim magazine, 2002; Saturn Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror awards, best actress, 2003, for The Ring; Wella Prize, Venice International Film Festival, 2003, for Le Divorce and 21 Grams; Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, San Diego Film Critics Association Award, and Audience Award, Venice International Film Festival, all best actress, 2003, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, best actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society awards, best performance by an actress in a leading role and best ensemble acting (with others), Florida Film Critics Circle Award, best actress, Special Distinction Award (with others), Independent Spirit awards, Online Film Critics Society Award, best actress, Academy Award nomination, best actress in a leading role, Film Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a leading role, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a motion picture drama, International Press Academy, and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination, best actress, all 2004, all for 21 Grams; Global Achievement Award, Australian Film Institute, 2004.


Film Appearances:

Leo's girlfriend, For Love Alone, Western Film Productions, 1986.

Janet Odgers, Flirting, Samuel Goldwyn, 1991.

Fanny Grey, Wide Sargasso Sea, New Line Cinema, 1993.

Jennifer Carter, Gross Misconduct (also known as Gross Indecency), 1993.

Louise, The Custodian, New City Releasing, 1993.

Shopping cart starlet, Matinee, Universal, 1993.

Jet girl, Tank Girl, United Artists, 1995.

Grace Rhodes, Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (also known as Deadly Harvest), Dimension Films, 1996.

Louise, Under the Lighthouse Dancing, [Australia], 1997.

Amanda, A House Divided, 1998.

Guila de Lezze, Dangerous Beauty (also known as A Destiny of Her Own and The Honest Courtesan), Warner Bros., 1998.

Alice, Strange Planet, New Vision Films/Redbus Film Distribution, 1999.

Betty Elms and Diane Selwyn, Mulholland Dr. (also known as Mulholland Drive), Universal Focus, 2001.

Title role, Ellie Parker (short film), 2001.

Jennifer Evans, Down (also known as The Shaft), First Floor Features, 2001.

Shallow girlfriend, Never Date an Actress (short film), Blue Mutt Productions, 2001.

Meredith, Plots with a View (also known as Plotz with a View, Undertaking Betty, Grabgefluester, Grabgefluester—Liebe kann Saerge versetzen, and Grabgefluester—Liebe versetzt Saerge), Miramax, 2002.

Rachel Keller, The Ring, DreamWorks, 2002.

Suzie, Rabbits (short film), Davidlynch.com, 2002.

Thank You, Judge (short film), Davidlynch.com, 2002.

Cristina Peck, 21 Grams, Focus Features, 2003.

Julia Cook, Ned Kelly (also known as Ned Kelly: Public Enemy No. 1), Focus Features, 2003.

Roxeanne de Persand, Le Divorce, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2003.

Dawn Campbell, I Heart Huckabeees (also known as I Love Huckabees), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.

Edith Evans, We Don't Live Here Anymore, Warner Independent Pictures, 2004.

Marie Bicke, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Arn Productions, 2004.

Ann Darrow, King Kong, Universal, 2005.

Title role, Ellie Parker (feature film which uses footage from the short film Ellie Parker), Dream Entertainment, 2005.

Lila Culpepper, Stay, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2005.

Rachel Keller, The Ring Two, DreamWorks, 2005.

Kitty, The Painted Veil, Warner Independent Pictures, 2006.

Film Producer:

Ellie Parker (short film), 2001.

We Don't Live Here Anymore, Warner Independent Pictures, 2004.

Ellie Parker (feature film which uses footage from the short film Ellie Parker), Dream Entertainment, 2005.

Film Additional Voices:

Babe: Pig in the City, MCA/Universal, 1998.

Television Appearances; Series:

Julie Gibson, Home and Away, Seven Network (Australia), 1991.

Kate Russell, Sleepwalkers (also known as The Sleepwalker Project), NBC, 1997–98.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Frances Heffernan, Brides of Christ, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 4 (England), Radio Telefis Eireann, and Arts and Entertainment, 1991.

Holly Maddux, The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, NBC, 1999.

Alice Maybell Fairfield, The Wyvern Mystery, BBC, 2000, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, c. 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Amanda, Bermuda Triangle, ABC, 1996.

Mary Chandler, Timepiece, CBS, 1996.

Molly, Persons Unknown, HBO, 1996.

Renee, The Christmas Wish, ABC, 1998.

Rebecca Yoder, The Outsider, Showtime, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope, USA Network, CNBC, Trio, Sci–Fi Channel, Bravo, MSNBC, PAX TV, and Telemundo, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Herself, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002.

Presenter, The 17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2002.

AFI Awards 2001, CBS, 2002.

Herself, Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute (documentary), American Movie Channel, 2003.

Herself, The 76th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2004.

Herself, The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2004.

Herself, The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, 2004.

Herself, The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Ruth Klein, "Promised Land," The Bill, Thames Television and Yorkshire Television, 2001.

Herself, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2002, 2003.

Herself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002, 2003, 2004.

Herself, Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 2003.

Herself, Rove Live, Ten Network (Australia), 2003.

Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2003.

Herself, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2004.

Herself, On–Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Herself, Richard & Judy, Channel 4 (England), 2004.

Herself, Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2004.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2004.

(Archive footage) Herself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Herself, "The Ring Two," HBO First Look, HBO, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Appeared as Betty Elms and Diane Selwyn in Mulholland Dr. (also known as Mulholland Drive), ABC, a pilot which later became the film of the same names.

Stage Appearances:

Proof, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2002.

Appeared in other stage productions.



Appeared in Eddy—Taking Credit.



Entertainment Weekly, December 21, 2001, p. 54; June 28, 2002, p. 51; November 1, 2002, pp. 44–45; January 9, 2004, p. 26; February 6, 2004, pp. 48–49.

Femme Fatales, September, 2002, pp. 21–23.

IFCRant, November, 2001, p. 15.

Interview, November, 2001, pp. 133–38; September, 2002, pp. 214–20; December, 2003, pp. 108, 162–70.

Movieline, November, 2001, pp. 62–63.

People Weekly, November 4, 2002, p. 71.

Premiere, November, 2001, pp. 80–81; July, 2003, pp. 50–54, 117; March, 2005, pp. 110–11.

Radio Times, March 4, 2000, p. 20.

Time, January 19, 2004, p. 134.

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