naomi watts
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  • Faith: Buddhist
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  September 28, 1968

Naomi Watts is a British actress. After her family moved to Australia, she made her film debut there in the drama "For Love Alone" and then appeared in three TV shows: "Hey, Dad!,” "Brides of Christ," and "Home and Away," and the movie "Flirting." After moving to the United States, Watts initially struggled as an actress, taking roles in small-scale films until she starred in "Mulholland Drive" in 2001 as an aspiring actress. The role started her rise to international prominence. Watts then played a tormented journalist in "The Ring."

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as a grief-stricken mother in "21 Grams." Her popularity continued to rise with starring roles in "I Heart Huckabees,” "King Kong,” "Eastern Promises," and "The International." For her role as Maria Bennett in "The Impossible," Watts received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In the 2010s, she starred in movies like "Birdman,” "St. Vincent,” "While We're Young,” "The Glass Castle," and "Luce." She also appeared in the "Divergent" franchise and ventured into TV with the Showtime mystery series "Twin Peaks."

She also starred in the biographical miniseries "The Loudest Voice." In 2022, she began starring in the Netflix thriller series "The Watcher." In 2024, she played Babe Paley in the anthology series "Feud: Capote vs. The Swans." Watts is mainly known for her work in remakes and independent productions with dark or tragic themes, as well as portrayals of characters that endure loss or suffering. Magazines like Maxim and People have included her on their lists of the world's most beautiful women. She has been an ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and Pantene's Beautiful Lengths.

Despite receiving significant media attention, Watts is reticent about discussing her personal life. From 2005 to 2016, she was in a relationship with Liev Schreiber, with whom she has two sons. She married actor Billy Crudup in June 2023. Watts was born in Kent, England, and her parents divorced when she was four years old. After the divorce, she and her older brother moved several times across South East England with their mother. In 1982, when Watts was 14, she moved to Sydney, Australia, with her mother, brother and stepfather.

Her mother established a career in the burgeoning film business, working as a stylist for TV commercials, then turning to costume design, ultimately working for the soap opera "Return to Eden," in which Naomi briefly cameoed as a model in two episodes. After emigrating, Watts was enrolled in acting lessons by her mother and auditioned for several TV advertisements, where she met and befriended Nicole Kidman. She obtained her first role in the 1986 drama film "For Love Alone," based on the novel of the same name by Christina Stead and produced by Margaret Fink.

What religion is Naomi Watts?

 Watts converted to Buddhism after becoming interested in the religion while shooting "The Painted Veil" in 2006. She became a strong proponent of Transcendental Mediation. Watts said, "I have some beliefs, but I am not a strict Buddhist yet. There was a lot of excitement and energy there." In a separate interview, Watts discussed how meditation helps her clear her mind.

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