NAOMI WATTS (Rachel Keller)
earned widespread acclaim for her work in David Lynch's controversial drama
"Mulholland Drive," which premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Watts' portrayal of the aspiring actress Betty brought her Best Actress Awards
from a number of critics organizations, including the National Society of Film
Critics and the Chicago Film Critics, among others. In addition, she was named
the Female Star of Tomorrow at the 2002 ShoWest Convention, and received the
Breakthrough Acting Award at this year's Hollywood Film Festival.
Watts will next be seen in the offbeat
romantic comedy "Plots With a View," in which she stars with Brenda
Blethyn, Alfred Molina, and Christopher Walken. She also stars in three films
due out next year: "21 Grams," with Sean Penn and Benecio Del Toro;
"The Kelly Gang," with fellow Aussies Heath Ledger and Rachel
Griffiths; and the Merchant-Ivory production "Le Divorce," in which
she joins an ensemble cast, including Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard
Born in England, Watts moved to
Australia at the age of 14 and began studying acting. Her first major film role
came in "Flirting," directed by John Duigan, who later cast her in his
provocative drama "Wide Sargasso Sea." Watts' subsequent film
credits include "Gross Misconduct," "Tank Girl" and
"Dangerous Beauty." Last year, Watts produced and starred in the short
film "Ellie Parker," which screened in competition at the 2001
Sundance Film Festival and for which she received the Best Actress in a Short
Film Award from the Method Fest.
On the small screen, Watts most
recently starred in the cable movie "The Outsiders," for director
Randa Haines. Her other television credits include the BBC drama "The
Wyvern Mystery," opposite Derek Jacobi; the NBC telefilm "The Hunt for
the Unicorn Killer"; the HBO movie "Persons Unknown," with Joe
Mantegna and Kelly Lynch; "Timepiece," starring James Earl Jones; and
the British miniseries "Brides of Christ."
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