Emily Watson made her feature film debut in the 1996 movie Breaking the Waves. Her bold performance drew rave notices and was the first of many strong performances in emotionally-charged dramas. Watson never became a big star or headliner, but she's worked steadily her entire career, appearing in two or three movies every year. Her films include The Cradle Will Rock (1999, with Hank Azaria); Angela's Ashes (1999); Red Dragon (2002, with Anthony Hopkins); Punch-Drunk Love (2002, with Adam Sandler); Separate Lies (2005, opposite Tom Wilkinson); Miss Potter (2006, starring Renée Zellweger as author Beatrix Potter); The Proposition (2005) and War Horse (2011).
Watson is no relation to actress Emma Watson.