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NAOMI WATTS (Valerie Plame) is an accomplished actress who consistently receives rave reviews and accolades for her performances. In 2004, she was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress for her role in 21 Grams. Her performance in the film, in which she starred alongside Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, also garnered Best Actress honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Southeastern Film Critics Association, Washington Area Film Critics and San Diego Film Critics. For this role, Watts received Best Actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTAs, Broadcast Film Critics Association and Golden Satellite Awards. At the film's premiere at the 2003 Venice International Film Festival, she received the Audience Award (Lion of the Public) for Best Actress.

Watts most recently starred in Tom Tykwer's thriller The International, opposite Clive Owen. She was also seen in David Cronenberg's crime drama Eastern Promises, opposite Viggo Mortensen, and Michael Haneke's thriller Funny Games. She recently completed production on Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, part of an all-star cast including Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins. She will next be seen in Rodrigo Garcia's Mother and Child, starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Annette Bening. Watts recently completed production on Jim Sheridan's thriller Dream House, with co-star Daniel Craig.

Watts has accumulated an impressive list of feature film credits since her acclaimed U.S. debut in David Lynch's controversial Mulholland Drive, a role for which she earned Best Actress awards from a number of critics' organizations including the National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics. In addition to starring as Ann Darrow in Peter Jackson's epic remake of King Kong, Watts' credits include We Don't Live Here Anymore, which she also produced; The Assassination of Richard Nixon, opposite Sean Penn and Don Cheadle; David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees, with Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman; Marc Forster's Stay, opposite Ewan McGregor and Ryan Gosling; Gore Verbinski's The Ring, and its sequel The Ring 2; the Merchant-Ivory film Le Divorce, alongside Kate Hudson, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing; and John Curran's The Painted Veil, opposite Edward Norton, which was based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel.

Born in England, Watts moved to Australia at the age of 14 and began studying acting. Her first major film role came in John Duigan's Flirting, alongside Nicole Kidman. Watts produced and starred in the short film Ellie Parker, which screened in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. In 2005, a full-length feature adaptation of the short debuted at Sundance.

Among her many awards and recognitions, in 2002 Watts was named the Female Star of Tomorrow at ShoWest and received the Breakthrough Acting Award at the Hollywood Film Festival, both for Mulholland Drive; she was honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2003 for 21 Grams; and she received the Montecito Award at the 2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival for her role in King Kong.

Watts currently divides her time between residences in Los Angeles and New York City.


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