Naomi Ellen Watts is a British actress and film producer. She made her film debut in the Australian drama For Love Alone and then appeared in the Australian television series Hey Dad..!, Brides of Christ, Home and Away, and the film Flirting.
Naomi Ellen Watts was born in Kent, England on September 28th, 1968. Her mother worked as a costume and set designer as well as an antiques dealer, and she is of English and Welsh descent. Her father, Peter Watts, was a sound engineer who worked with Pink Floyd. Her parents divorced when she was four years old, and she spent her childhood living in Southern England with her mother and older brother. In 1976 when Watts was eight, her father was found dead by an apparent heroin overdose. The family then moved to Wales to live with Watts' grandmother for a brief period until her mother remarried, and after which, they went to live in Suffolk. When she was 14, she moved to Sydney, Australia where her mother got a job as a costume designer for a soap opera. Watts credits her geographically and linguistically diverse childhood homes with helping her learn how to easily pick up accents as an actress.
Encouraged by her mother, Watts began taking acting lessons after moving to Sydney and soon befriended Nicole Kidman. She did not finish high school and instead elected to take odd jobs while pursuing acting. At eighteen, she briefly tried to find work as a model and signed with an agency which sent her to Japan, but she returned to Australia after not getting callbacks. Her first role was in the 1986 film "For Love Alone." She got her first break into the industry after meeting director John Duigan at a film premier for friend Nicole Kidman. Duigan gave Watts a supporting role in his 1991 indie film "Flirting," which was named as one of Roger Eberts' best films of 1992. She moved to the US in 1993, and although she was warmly received by the film community, she returned to Australia to work on a few films and felt as though she had to start over upon her return to LA.
For most of the 1990s, Watts struggled to make a name for herself as an actress, which led her into to a precarious financial situation. She claims that Kidman was a big source of support and encouragement during that rocky period of her life, and it wasn't without work. She had a supporting role in the box-office disaster, but later cult hit "Tank Girl" and in the 1998 film "Dangerous Beauty." She ended the decade with a part in the low-budget romantic comedy Strange Planet but was cast as the lead in the David Lynch production Mulholland Drive that was originally planned to be a television series.
Watts began a relationship with actor Liev Schreiber in 2005 and had a son with him in the summer of 2007. The couple had their second son in the winter of 2008. In 2016, they announced that they had decided to separate, and there have been no documented custody disagreements over the children. On the set of Netflix's "Gypsy," Watts met actor Billy Crudup and began dating him in 2017. She dated late actor Heath Ledger from 2002 to 2004. After filming the "Painted Veil" in 2009, she developed an interest in the Buddhist religion but stated that she did not practice it.
Naomi Watts is a British-Australian actress who has a net worth of $35 million. She is best known for her roles in the Peter Jackson's 2003 "King Kong," the award-winning 2003 film "21 Grams," and David Lynch's surrealist 2001 cult hit "Mulholland Drive."