Embeth Jean Davidtz is a South African- American actress. She was born in Lafayette city of Indiana, the United States to John and Jean. John was studying chemical engineering when Embeth was born at Purdue University. Her parents then moved to Trenton in New Jersey and after some time returned to their native South Africa. At that point, Davidtz was nine years old. She has French, Dutch, and English ancestry. Before joining the school in South Africa, Davidtz had to learn the Afrikaans language. Her father started teaching at Potchefstroom University. She did her graduation in Pretoria from The Glen High School in 1983. She completed her further studies in Drama and English Literature from Grahamstown at Rhodes University. Her first acting gig was a role in the play “Romeo and Juliet” of the National Theatre Company at Maynardville Open- Air Theatre. She received applauses for her role as Juliet. Embeth was only 21 years old when she performed this play in Cape Town. Next, she worked on many other plays including A Chain of Voices, and
(Stille Nag). Both these shows earned her a nomination for a South African Award (equal to the Tony Award).
Her first debut (in movies) was a small role in American- South African horror film Mutator in 1989. Next, she did A Private Life- a South African short tele - movie where she played the role of a daughter of an interracial couple. Her subsequent picture was Night of the 19th. Davidtz moved to Los Angeles in 1991/1992 and did her first Hollywood feature ‘Army of Darkness’ by Sam Raimi. She played the role named Shiela in the movie. Soon, she was also seen in television films for NBC- Till Death Do Us Part and Deadly Matrimony mini-series. Embeth also featured opposite
in short film ‘Oh, What a Day’ by Laura Ziskin. She was noticed by director
as Dianne Masters in crime thriller Deadly Matrimony. Impressed by her work, Steven decided to cast her as a Jewish maid Helen Hirsch in Schindler’s List. The movie was released in 1993 and win Academy Awards and BAFTA Award in various categories.
The success of film paved her way for more motion pictures like Murder in the First, Feast of July, Fallen, Simon Magus, Mansfield Park, The Gingerbread Man, and Bicentennial Man. Embeth Davidtz is most popularly known for her role in 1996 comedy fantasy film Matilda. Matilda directed by
was an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children novel. Embeth was playing the role of teacher Jennifer Honey in the movie. Following this, she has acted in the talkies like The Hole, Bridget Jones’s Diary as Natasha, Thir13en Ghosts, The Emperor’s Club, Fracture, Junebug, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 3 Backyards, and The Amazing Spider- Man as Peter Parker’s mother. Embeth’s more recent projects in films include Paranoia in 2013 as Dr. Judith Bolton,
in the same year as Dr. Samantha Ungler, and the second installment of The Amazing Spider – Man as Mary Parker in 2014. Embeth also worked in Miracle Rising: South Africa, a documentary on the political transformation epic legacy of South Africa. In 2016, she also featured in Agent- a video game developed by Rockstar North. Her television shows include Last Rites, The Garden of Redemption, Shackleton, Citizen Baines, Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy (for one episode), In Treatment, Mad Men, Californication, and The Secret Life of
. Davidtz got married to Jason Sloane, an entertainment attorney, in June 2002. The couple is blessed with a daughter Charlotte Emily, and a son Asher Sloane.