Eddie Samuel Obong Watson Jr. (born May 22, 1980) is a Liberian-born Ghanaian actor and producer.
He has received a Ghana Movie Award (GMA), a Liberian Entertainment Award (LEA), three Golden Icon Academy Awards (GIAMA) Nominations and one Nollywood & African Films Critics Awards (NAFCA) Nomination.
He received his first Ghanaian Movie Award in 2014 for his film EBOLA which he wrote, directed and produced.
Watsonâ€™s professional acting career started in 2010 with Labour of Love. He later went on the same year to star in the African war movie, Somewhere in Africa, where he had multiple roles. Costar Majid Michel suggested Watson to the director, Frank Rajah, for the role of a new character being introduced in the sequel (4Play Reloaded) of the already popular 4Play by Venus Films.
The following year, Watson had roles in movies A Reason to Kill and Single Six. Single Six earned him his first nominations for LEA and GMA, and he eventually went on to win the LEA Best Actor award the following year. In 2011 the actor also made his first move into Nollywood when he starred alongside Queen Nwokoye in Desperate Heart. With movies like Single & Married in 2012, House of Gold, Letters to My Mother and Purple Rose in 2013 (the latter two earning him nominations outside Ghana), the actor started to cement his place in the Ghana and Africa movies industry.
2014 was a bitter sweet year for Watson. West Africa and Watsonâ€™s home country, Liberia, was one of the worse affected by the Ebola virus. Watson wrote, produced and directed the short film, EBOLA. The year also brought many nominations for the actor for different roles in films such as Bachelors, Sister at War and Purple Rose. And for the first time he was nominated in two different categories for the Ghana Movies Awards (Best Actor in Lead Role for Bachelors and Best Short Film for EBOLA-which he won).Â The actor also produced his first major movie, Jack & Jill.
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Watson married his partner of two years, actress Naomi Woode, in a private ceremony. The couple welcomed their first child, Emirror (Emi) Cassia Watson on February 2, 2015. Watsonâ€™s daughter from a previous relationship, Elaine, lives with the couple.
Watson is a frequent visitor and donor to orphanages in Ghana including Nungua Childrenâ€™s Home (New Life Orphanage) and Good Shepherd Orphanage Home. In 2014 he celebrated his birthday at the Nungua Childrenâ€™s Home along with his wife and other celebrities in Ghana.Â His documentary film Ebola was one of his humanitarian efforts after the outbreak hit West Africa in 2014. The film was meant to educate people in areas affected by the disease. The film was totally financed by Eddie Watson himself and shared with media houses in countries affected plus others in the region for publication and also the internet without a single charge from the actor.
List of Selected Movies
- Labour of Love
- Somewhere In Africa
- 4Play Reloaded
- A Reason to Kill
- Single Six
- Single and Married
- House of Gold
- Purple Rose
- Sisters at War
- Jack & Jill (also as producer)
- Single Married & Complicated
- Donâ€™t Play That Game
- Family Album
- Ebola The Documentary (also as producer)
- Over The Edge
- Luke of Lies
- She Prayed (also as producer)
- My Home season 1&2
- Happy Family season 4