Over the last few decades, Emily Watson has become one of the entertainment industry’s most acclaimed actresses. She first caught the world’s attention for her memorable performance as “Bess” in Lars Von Trier’s BREAKING THE WAVES, her first feature film. For her heartbreaking performance, she received Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominations and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the Felix Award for Best Actress, and the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year in 1997.
Watson received her second Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, in addition to SAG and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress in 1999 for her riveting performance as “Jackie” in October Films’ HILARYAND JACKIE. The film is the poignant and tragic story of famed classical cellist Jacqueline du Pre, directed by Anand Tucker.
In 2011, Emily starred in three exceptional titles. The first film, ORANGES & SUNSHINE, was adapted from the memoir Empty Cradles and tells the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times. She was also seen as a mother of a son who leaves her behind when he goes off to war in Steven Spielberg’s Golden Globe and Oscar nominated WAR HORSE. On television, Watson starred in the Sundance Channel’s original film, APPROPRIATE ADULT, which centers on the untold story of Janet Leach and her role in uncovering the crimes of murderous real-life couple Fred and Rosemary West. Her performance garnered rave reviews and Golden Globe and SAG nominations for “Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.” Last year, Emily starred in ANNA KARENINA alongside Jude Law and Keira Knightley. Directed by Joe Wright, the film follows Anna (Knightley) as she looks for a better life while trapped in a loveless marriage.
Watson will next be seen in LITTLE BOY, a film that tells the story of a young American boy who works to bring his father back from World War II. She will also star opposite David Tennant in THE POLITICIAN’S HUSBAND a 3-part drama series about a marriage between two politicians, and what happens when the wife’s career starts to overshadow her husband’s.
Past film credits include Charlie Kaufman’s SYNECDOCHE, the ensemble drama FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN opposite Julia Roberts and Willem Dafoe, MISS POTTER with Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, WAH-WAH, THE PROPOSITION with Guy Pearce, Liam Neeson, and John Hurt, CRUSADE, Tim Burton’s CORPSE BRIDE, SEPARATE LIES, with Tom Wilkinson and Rupert Everett, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as “Anne Sellers, ”Paul Thomas Anderson’s PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, RED DRAGON, the prequel to Silence of the Lambs, Robert Altman’s GOSFORD PARK; Tim Robbin’s CRADLE WILL ROCK; as the title character in Alan Parker’s ANGELA’S ASHES, an adaptation of Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir; Alan Rudolph’s TRIXIE in which she starred with Nick Nolte. She also starred with John Turturro in THE LUZHIN DEFENSE, directed by Marleen Gorris, based on the Nobokov novel; Jim Sheridan’s THE BOXER with Daniel Day-Lewis; and METROLAND with Christian Bale, which is based on the Julian Barnes novel.
Television credits include Lifetime’s Television Movie THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER starring opposite Dermot Mulroney and Gretchen Mol. The film, based on the best-selling novel by Kim Edwards, follows a father as he separates his son from his twin sister at birth to prevent him and the mother from knowing she was born with Down syndrome. Ms. Watson also starred as Maggie Tulliver in the acclaimed BBC Masterpiece Theatre production of George Eliot’s THE MILLON THE FLOSS.
A veteran of the London stage, Ms. Watson’s theatre credits include Three Sisters, The Children’s Hour at the Royal National Theatre and The Lady From The Sea. In the Fall of 2002, Ms. Watson starred at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in two concurrent productions – Uncle Vanya (Sonya) and Twelfth Night (Viola), both directed by Academy-Award winning director Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY, THE ROAD TO PERDITION). These critically acclaimed productions also ran in a very limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. She has also worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company in such productions as Jovial Crew, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well and The Changeling.