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EMILY WATSON's (Reba) remarkable screen debut in Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves won her great critical acclaim for her compelling portrayal of obsessive love exalted by idealistic innocence. Watson won numerous awards for her performance including Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, the Los Angeles Film Critics Newcomer of the Year Award, the European Film Academy's Best Actress Award, the London Film Critics Circle Award and British Newcomer of the Year Award.

Watson will soon be seen starring with Adam Sandler in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love. She was most recently seen in Robert Altman's critically acclaimed ensemble drama Gosford Park

Watson was also recently seen in the romantic period drama, The Luzhin Defence opposite John Turturro. In 2000, she starred as the title character in Frank McCourt's celebrated book Angela's Ashes, directed by Alan Parker. In addition, she led an ensemble cast including Nick Nolte and Dermott Mulroney in Alan Rudolph's romantic comedy-caper Trixie

The previous year, Watson received Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in October Films' Hilary and Jackie, the poignant story of famed classical cellist Jacqueline du Pre, directed by Anand Tucker. Watson's additional credits include The Boxer, opposite Daniel Day Lewis, Philip Saville's Metroland, based on Julian Barne's novel and The Cradle Will Rock, directed by Tim Robbins.

Watson received kudos for her radiant, evocative interpretation of George Elliot's complex heroine 'Maggie Tulliver' in the acclaimed BBC Masterpiece Theatre television production of A The Mill on the Floss. Additional theater credits include The Three Sisters, The Children's Hour, The Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That End's Well and The Changeling. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has also starred in the BBC's television production A Summer Day's Dream. She can currently be seen in repertoire at London's famed Donmar Theatre in Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night under the direction of Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes. The plays will also be performed at New York City's Brooklyn Academy of Music starting in January 2003.

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