Naomi Watts emotionally reflects on having ‘no real photos’ and few memories of her father Peter – who died of a heroin overdose when she was seven
Naomi Watts has spoken candidly about the grief of losing her father at the age of seven and having few memories of him.
The actress’ father Peter, who worked as a sound engineer for Pink Floyd, sadly died of an apparent heroin overdose at the age of 31, when Naomi was seven years old.
Naomi, 54, has told of her ‘sadness’ at having no ‘real photographs’ and very few memories of her father due to her young age when he died.
Appearing as Tatler’s November cover star, Naomi said of her father’s death: ‘Even sadder, there’s no real photos or anything.
‘Every now and again, I come across a new photo and I’m like, ah, I think I remember that day, or I think I can feel where we are… Triggers.’
Loss: Naomi Watts has spoken candidly about the grief of losing her father at the age of seven and having few memories of him
Family: Appearing as Tatler ‘s November cover star, Naomi, 54, has told of her ‘sadness’ at having no ‘real photographs’ of her father
She also told how her own loss has influenced her to act in projects about grief because of losing her father when she was a child.
‘If there is a thematic thread, my choices of work have sort of always been honing in on things like identity and grief,’ she said.
‘Those are two big things in my life that I’ve struggled with – identity, I think, because of moving around all the time. And then the grief thing, obviously, my father.’
Peter and Naomi’s costume designer mother Myfanwy, known as Miv, divorced when she was four years old.
Naomi has previously told how Pink Floyd, who Peter worked for, gave Miv a few thousand pounds to ‘get things underway’ after his death, but they still struggled.
It is not the first time she has spoken about her grief and previously told how she is still ‘grappling’ with the tragic loss many decades later as an adult.
Speaking to Vogue Australia in 2021, she said: ‘Having grown up losing my dad at a very early age, I think that’s a story I know well; it’s still sorting itself out at the ripe age of 52.’
‘Through that, you lose a part of yourself … you feel like you’re not fully formed in a way,’ she added.
Tragic: The actress’ father Peter, who worked as a sound engineer for Pink Floyd, sadly died of an apparent heroin overdose at the age of 31 (he is pictured with Naomi’s mother Miv)
Glam: As well as her candid comments, Naomi also posed up a storm in a photoshoot for the magazine, where she stunned in a pink floral gown
Naomi’s mother Miv also previously spoke about the devastating loss to Daily Mail Australia, recalling: ‘It left scars. It was a shock.’
‘His death made Naomi incredibly determined. It had a profound effect on her, as it did on the entire family,’ she said.
‘It’s a terrible thing to happen to anyone, especially at that age when she needed her dad. We had no inkling he was using heroin at all.’
See the full feature in the November issue of Tatler available via digital download and on newsstands from Thursday 5 October.