Embeth Davidtz

Actor
Dark-haired American-born beauty Embeth Davidtz was raised and educated in South Africa where she performed classical and contemporary drama in both English and Afrikaans. She made her professional acting debut at age ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1965 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Secret Passage 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 (Movie)

Mary Parker (Actor)

Europa Report 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Unger (Actor)

Paranoia 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Judith Bolton (Actor)

Mad Men 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 (Movie)

Mary Parker (Actor)

3 Backyards 2011 (Movie)

Actress (Actor)

Californication 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fragments 2009 (Movie)

Joan Laraby (Actor)

In Treatment 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fracture 2007 (Movie)

Jennifer Crawford (Actor)

Junebug 2005 (Movie)

Madeleine (Actor)

Scrubs 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 (Movie)

Natasha (Actor)

Simon Magus 2001 (Movie)

Leah (Actor)

The Hole 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Philippa Horwood (Actor)

Thirteen Ghosts 2001 (Movie)

Kalina (Actor)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

Little Miss (Actor)

Mansfield Park 1999 (Movie)

Mary Crawford (Actor)

Fallen 1998 (Movie)

Gretta Milano (Actor)

The Gingerbread Man 1998 (Movie)

Mallory Doss (Actor)

Wayward Son 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Matilda 1996 (Movie)

Miss Honey (Actor)

Feast of July 1995 (Movie)

Bella Ford (Actor)

Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

Mary McCasslin (Actor)

Oh, What a Day! 1914 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Army of Darkness 1993 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Schindler's List 1993 (Movie)

Helen Hirsch (Actor)

Sweet Murder 1993 (Movie)

Laurie (Actor)

A Private Life 1989 (Movie)

Older Karen (Actor)

Mutator 1988 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Deadly Matrimony (TV Show)

Actor

Last Rites (TV Show)

Actor

Shackleton (TV Show)

Actor

The Garden of Redemption (TV Show)

Actor

Till Death Us Do Part (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Dark-haired American-born beauty Embeth Davidtz was raised and educated in South Africa where she performed classical and contemporary drama in both English and Afrikaans. She made her professional acting debut at age 21 playing Juliet in a National Theatre Company production of "Romeo and Juliet," which won her rave reviews. Having twice earned the South African equivalent of a Tony nomination for her theater work, Davidtz distinguished herself in the politically sensitive South African feature "A Private Life" (1989) as the daughter of an interracial couple, then earned a South African "Oscar" nomination playing a deaf-mute in the psychologically intense Afrikaner feature "Night of the Nineteenth."

Relationships

Ben Chaplin Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "Feast of July" (1995) no longer together

John Davidtz

Father
South African taught chemical engineering at Potchefstroom University

Jean Davidtz

Mother
French

Harvey Keitel Actor

Companion
No longer together

Jason Sloane

Husband
Married June 22, 2002

Charlotte Sloane

Daughter
Born in 2002 father, Jason Sloane

Asher Sloane

Son
Born in 2005 father, Jason Sloane

EDUCATION

Rhodes University

The Glen High School

1983

Rhodes University

Rhodes University

Milestones

2009

Will join the third season of "Californication" (Showtime) as the wife of Peter Gallagher

2008

Cast as a wife seeking couples therapy with her husband in the HBO drama series "In Treatment"

2007

Co-starred in the dramatic thriller, "Fracture" opposite Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling

2006

Guest-starred on the ABC drama, "Grey's Anatomy" as Dr. Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) sister

2005

Starred with Alessandro Nivola in the southern drama "Junebug"; premiered at Sundance

2002

Cast in the drama feature "The Emperor's Club"

2002

Reteamed with Kenneth Branagh in the historical miniseries "Shackelford" (A&E)

2001

Had a supporting role in the film adaptation of "Bridget Jones's Diary"

2001

Co-starred in the CBS drama series "Citizen Baines"

2001

Featured in the haunted house thriller "13 Ghosts"

1999

Co-starred in Patricia Rozema's reworking of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"

1999

Played a dual role in the futuristic drama "Bicentennial Man"

1998

Played a theology prpfessor embroiled in a murder invesitation in the supernatural mystery "Fallen"

1998

Essayed the part of a femme fatale in Robert Altman's adaptation of John Grisham's "The Gingerbread Man"

1996

Portrayed a heroic schoolteacher in the feature adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's fantasy "Matilda"

1995

Starred in the period drama "Feast of July"

1995

Was the female lead in the fact-based drama "Murder in the First"

1993

Had a memorable role in "Schindler's List" as the Jewish maid

1993

First released American feature, Sam Raimi's "Army of Darkness"

1992

American TV debut, "Till Death Us Do Part" (NBC)

1991

Moved to Los Angeles from South Africa

1989

Played a major supporting role in the progressive South African-produced film, "A Private Life"

1989

American feature debut, "Mutator/Time of the Beast" (released straight-to-video)

1988

Professional acting debut as Juliet in the National Theatre Company production of "Romeo and Juliet"

1975

At age nine, moved with family to South Africa where her father taught at the University of Potchesstroom

Won a contract with South African National Theatre; spent three years performing with the group

Born in Indiana, where her father taught chemical engineering at Purdue University

Bonus Trivia

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Davidtz is bilingual. She has performed in both English and Afrikaans.

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"I'm a muted creature. I see myself as a blank canvas. It's great when someone gets a hold of me, does the work and makes the changes. Then I think, It's so nice to look like that for the day, you know?" - Davidtz quoted in Us magazine, December 1993

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"I don't mean to sound grandiose, but there's something universal that you tap into with films like "Feast of July" and "Schindler's List." You know they aren't make-believe. They illustrate something about life. This is my major concern whenever I select a film." - Davidtz in Drama-Logue, Oct. 5-11, 1995

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"I'm not going to be doing something just because I should be working. I think Hollywood makes compromises, in terms of not all the writers here are Shakespeare and Chekhov, and not all of the directors are Spielberg. You have to navigate your way through very difficult waters because of that." - Davidtz quoted in Movieline, December 1995

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"It's batty. You show one bit of nipple and it's all over. What's so bad about a woman's body?" - Davidtz on American's attitude toward nudity in film to Movieline, April 1998

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