Emily Watson Biography
Emily Watson landed the role in Breaking the Waves when Lars von Triers first choice actress Helena Bonham Carter dropped out of the role. One of the most critically acclaimed films in the UK, Breaking the Waves was about a woman who became a prostitute, thinking this would eventually cure her husband of his paralysis. For her performance, she won the Critics Circle Award and the Best Actress Award from the US National Society of Film Critics. Most important of all, Emily was nominated in the Oscars.
Despite her critically acclaimed performance in Breaking the Waves, it was not until she played the role of Jacqueline du Pre in the film Hilary and Jackie that she was noticed by the public. Playing the role of a famous cellist, Emily learned to play the instrument for a more convincing performance. Her performance earned her a second Oscar nomination.
Emily Watson was next seen in Tim Robbins Cradle Will Rock. She played the lead role in this film about the 1930s theatre show. Then she was seen in Frank Mc Courts memoir, Angelas Ashes. This was followed by a role in Robert Altmans Gosford Park.
In 2002 Emily Watson appeared in the film Red Dragon, the prequel to Thomas Harris The Silence of the Lambs. She played the role of Reba Mc Clane opposite actor Ralph Feinnes. The same year, she was seen in the comedy film Punch-Drunk Love. She played the love interest of Paul Thomas, played by actor Adam Sandler. Then she appeared in the sci-fi film Equilibrium opposite actor Christian Bale.
The following year Emily appeared on stage in the production of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya. Both were productions of Sam Mendes. Her Twelfth Night performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earned her a nomination at the Olivier Award.
In 2004, Emily Watson appeared in HBOs The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, playing the role of Anne, Sellers first wife. Her performance as Anne earned her a nomination at the Golden Globe 2004. In 2005 she appeared in Wah-Wah, Separate Lies, Corpse Bride and The Proposition. In 2006 she was seen in Miss Potter and in Crusade in Jeans. In 2007 she completed the film The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.