[[caption-width-right:240:Naomi Watts. By the way, the ring she's wearing reads "[[ShapedLikeItself Watts]]".]]
->''"I'm not this dark, twisted person. Yes, I have my demons and this is my way of exorcising them. It gets them out - and better out than in. Actually, I think that it's the comedians who are the darkest people on the planet, because they think life's just bloody hilarious."''\\
--'''On herself'''

->''"I wonder if Ccreator/NaomiWatts had some kind of stipulation in her contracts that there had to be at least one makeout with another actress in every movie she was in for a while."''\\
--'''Matt Wilson''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/comicsalliance-tank-girl-review/ on]] ''Film/TankGirl''

'''Naomi Ellen Watts''' (born September 28, 1968) is an award winning British-Australian actress and occasional producer. Born in Shoreham, Kent in the UK and raised in Australia before moving to America, Watts struggled in the movie scene for some time, taking on small roles in films she has since admitted were "[[OldShame shit]]" to pay the rent, before being cast by DavidLynch in the lead role for his project ''Film/MulhollandDrive''. Her performance as Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn won critical acclaim and the attention of some major players in [[HollywoodCalifornia Hollywood]] and beyond. She has since enjoyed success in a far greater choice of film roles, balancing her resume with box-office successes like Gore Verbinski's 2002 remake of the Japanese horror film ''[[Film/TheRing Ringu]]'' and deeper roles in indie films such as 2003's ''21 Grams'', which earned her an Academy Award nomination for best actress that many felt was long overdue.

In addition, Watts had a relationship with late actor Creator/HeathLedger (she allegedly had to talk him into starring in 2005's Best Picture nominee ''Film/BrokebackMountain'') from August 2002 to May 2004 before breaking up with him in 2005 and later meeting actor Creator/LievSchreiber in the spring of 2005. They have since had two children together.

Her father, Peter Watts, used to be Music/PinkFloyd's road manager. Notably, both her parents contributed spoken word vocals to ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon''.

!!Films of note:

* ''Film/TankGirl'' (1995)
* ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIVTheGathering'' (1996)
* ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' (2001)
* ''Film/TheRing'' (2002)
* ''Film/TwentyOneGrams'' (2003) (nominated for best actress)
* ''Film/WeDontLiveHereAnymore'' (2004)
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfRichardNixon'' (2004)
* ''Film/IHeartHuckabees'' (2004)
* ''Film/KingKong'' (2005)
* ''Film/EllieParker'' (2005)
* ''Film/InlandEmpire'' (2006)
* ''Film/ThePaintedVeil'' (2006)
* ''Film/EasternPromises'' (2007)
* ''Film/FunnyGames'' (2007)
* ''Film/TheInternational'' (2009)
* ''Film/FairGame'' (2010)
* ''Film/DreamHouse'' (2011)
* ''Film/JEdgar'' (2011)
* ''Film/TheImpossible'' (2012)
* ''Film/{{Movie 43}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' (2014)
* ''Film/{{Divergent}} film series'' (2015-2016)
!!Tropes found in her life and work include:
* AuthorAppeal: She's subjected to a lot of BreakTheCutie in her films.
** Her character in ''The Impossible'' gets swept up in a tsunami, almost drowns, winds up with major open wounds in her leg which then get infected, and spends much of the film believing that her husband and two of her sons have drowned. One reviewer referred to it as "The Passion of Naomi Watts".
* CoversAlwaysLie: After she became a success with ''Mulholland Drive'' and ''The Ring'', one of her earlier and, well, not quite as good, films ''The Shaft'' was released on DVD with packaging that leads one to believe that she's the star, when she's really the protagonist's sidekick/love interest.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: [[DyeHard Except]] in ''Film/ThePaintedVeil'' (and ''Film/TankGirl'', [[OldShame but let's not go there]]). As for the ''Film/{{Divergent}}'' film series, [[AdaptationDyeJob we'll see]].
* FakeAmerican: More than half of her roles.
* FanService: Her character in ''IHeartHuckabees'' is a model for the titular company and thus spends much of her screen time half-naked. However, [[spoiler:near the end she undergoes an awakening and spends the rest of the film wearing baggy overalls and a bonnet, leaving Fuckabe-uh, Huckabees]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/NicoleKidman.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She's 5'4 compared to Liev's 6'3.
* LargeHam: In ''Film/TheRing''. "WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM MEEEEEE!" and perhaps [[{{Sequelitis}} most]] infamously, ''TheRingTwo'''s "I'm not your fucking mommy!"
** [[IHeartHuckabees Dawn Campbell]] became rather hammy herself.
* LipstickLesbian: She plays one in ''MulhollandDrive'', although the events as shown are purposefully opaque.
* {{Meganekko}}: In ''Film/TankGirl''.
* MoneyDearBoy: The reason she acted in movies that would later be her OldShame.
* MsFanservice: Even when her character is modestly clothed, her films always find ways to subject her for a MaleGaze. ''Film/KingKong'' inparticular made ''a lot'' of effort to give her a chunk of [[ShesGotLegs legs]] and FootFocus.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She was born in 1968 and looks quite a bit younger.
* OldShame: As mentioned above, she's flat-out stated that many of her early films were "shit" and that she only acted in them to pay the rent. Between ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIVTheGathering'', ''Film/TankGirl'' and ''TheShaft'', it's probably a good idea to avoid her pre-''MulhollandDrive'' films.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Pretty rarely, but it does happen in a couple of her films.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Sean Penn.
* RecognitionFailure: Naomi has noted that people hardly ever notice her when she goes out in public. Some people will even brush her aside to get to Lieb Schreiber or ask her to take their picture. She likes this, as this means people don't bother her as they do most celebrities.
* {{Remake}}: She's been in ''Film/TheRing'', ''Film/KingKong'', ''Film/ThePaintedVeil'' and most recently ''FunnyGames''. She's also apparently playing the Tippi Hedren role in the upcoming remake of ''TheBirds''.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Naomi met her husband, Liev Schreiber, when filming ''Film/ThePaintedVeil''.
* ThoseTwoActors: With Sean Penn, her co-star in three films.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Apparently she's afraid of elevators, which is amusing because one of her early ([[OldShame and not so good]]) films ''The Shaft'' is about a killer elevator.