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Countess Lydia Ivanovna
One of the entertainment industry’s most acclaimed actresses, Emily Watson came to the world film community’s attention for her memorable performance in Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, which was her first movie. She received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award nominations; won the New York Film Critics Circle award, National Society of Film Critics award, and the Felix Award for Best Actress; and was named British Newcomer of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards.
Ms. Watson was again nominated in the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and BAFTA Awards, and at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, for her portrayal of real-life classical cellist Jacqueline du Pré in Hilary and Jackie, opposite Rachel Griffiths and directed by Anand Tucker. The performance also earned her the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Actress.
Her other films include Philip Saville’s Metroland, opposite Christian Bale; Jim Sheridan’s The Boxer; Tim Robbins’ Cradle Will Rock; Alan Parker’s Angela’s Ashes; Alan Rudolph’s Trixie; Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love; Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon; John Hillcoat’s The Proposition; Richard E. Grant’s Wah-Wah; Tim Burton and Mike Johnson’s Corpse Bride, in voiceover; Julian Fellowes’ Separate Lies, with Tom Wilkinson; Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York; Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls; Jim Loach’s Oranges and Sunshine, for which she was an Australian Film Institute Award nominee and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award winner as Best Actress; Steven Spielberg’s War Horse; and Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the ensemble honored with the top prize of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
She was recently again a Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award nominee, for her performance opposite Dominic West in the miniseries Appropriate Adult. Her portrayal of Janet Leach in the real-life tale also earned Ms. Watson a BAFTA Award.
Her upcoming features include Alejandro Monteverde’s WWII drama Little Boy, with David Henrie, Michael Rapaport, and Tom Wilkinson; and Some Girl(s), adapted by Neil LaBute from his play and directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer.
A veteran of the London stage, Ms. Watson’s theatre credits include Three Sisters, The Lady from the Sea, and The Children’s Hour at the Royal National Theatre. She has 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. In the fall of 2002, she starred at the Donmar Warehouse in two shows concurrently, Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, both directed by Sam Mendes. These critically lauded productions also were staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City.