DOB: September 28, 1968
Background: Watts was born in England. Following her parents' divorce when she was four, her family moved around multiple times throughout the UK. Four years after her father's death in 1978 her family moved to Sydney, Australia. She was inspired to become an actress by the 1980 film "Fame." She was a classmate of Nicole Kidman in high school, but she failed to graduate and began to work as a model at age eighteen.
Filmography: Watts got her start as an actress in Australian television and appeared in the film "Flirting" (1991) opposite Thandie Newton and her former classmate Kidman. Other notable roles throughout the 1990s include the action film "Tank Girl" (1995) and "Dangerous Beauty" (1998). David Lynch cast her in his TV pilot "Mulholland Drive," which was famously rejected by the ABC network before being retooled into a critically acclaimed feature film in 2001, launching Watts to stardom. Afterwards she played leading roles in "Le Divorce," "We Don't Live Here Anymore," and "21 Grams," the last of which earned her an Oscar nod for Best Actress. She starred in the horror film "The Ring" (2002) and its 2005 sequel. In 2005, she appeared in Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong," which she followed with David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" (2007), Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" (2007), the indie "Mother and Child" (2010), and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." She played exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame in "Fair Game," and appeared in "The Impossible" and Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar."
Best Actress Nominations
"The Impossible" (2012); lost to Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook")
"21 Grams" (2003); lost to Charlize Theron ("Monster")
Best Film Drama Actress Nomination
"The Impossible" (2013); lost to Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty")
Best Film Actress Nominations
"The Impossible" (2013); lost to Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook")
"21 Grams" (2004); lost to Charlize Theron ("Monster")