Embeth Davidtz

Biography

Embeth Jean Davidtz (born August 11, 1965) is an American-born South African actress. Davidtz was born in Lafayette, Indiana while her father was studying chemical engineering at Purdue University. Both her father John and her mother Jean are South African. Later the family moved to Trenton, New Jersey, but moved back to South Africa when Davidtz was 9 years old, where her father took up a teaching post at Potchefstroom University. She graduated from The Glen High School in Pretoria in 1983, and earned a degree (cum laude) in Drama & English Literature from Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Davidtz made her professional acting debut at age 21 with CAPAB (Cape Performing Arts Board now known as Artscape) in Cape Town, playing "Juliet" in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet, at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre. Performing in English and Afrikaans, the bilingual actress also starred other local plays, including Stille Nag (Silent Night) and A Chain of Voices, both for which she was nominated for the South African equivalent of the Tony Award. Her film debut came in 1988 when she starred in the South African-filmed, American horror film, Mutator, and shortly after won a major role in the politically sensitive South African made-for-television film A Private Life, as the daughter of an interracial couple. She garnered a South African equivalent of an Oscar nomination playing a rape victim who becomes deaf and mute, in the psychologically intense Afrikaans feature film, Nag van die 19de (Night of the 19th) in 1992.

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Birth Name

Embeth Jean Davidtz

Birth Place

Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Birth Date

8/11/1965
Known For
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Army of Darkness

Sheila

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Bicentennial Man

Little Miss / Portia

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Europa Report

Dr. Samantha Unger

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The Emperor's Club

Elizabeth

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Retribution

Heather Turner

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Feast of July

Bella Ford

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Task Force

Natasha Lytess 2 episodes, 2015

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Deadly Matrimony

Dianne Masters

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Last Rites

Dr. Lauren Riggs

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Mutator

Jennifer

Starring In
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Retribution

Heather Turner

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Not Okay

Judith

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Old

Adult Maddox

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Mary Parker

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Paranoia

Dr. Judith Bolton

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Europa Report

Dr. Samantha Unger

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The Amazing Spider-Man

Mary Parker

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Annika Blomkvist Giannini

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Fragments

Joan Laraby

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Fracture

Jennifer Crawford

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Junebug

Madeleine

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The Emperor's Club

Elizabeth

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Thir13en Ghosts

Kalina Oretzia

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The Hole

Dr. Philippa Horwood

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Bridget Jones's Diary

Natasha

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Mansfield Park

Mary Crawford

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Bicentennial Man

Little Miss / Portia

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Simon Magus

Leah

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The Gingerbread Man

Mallory Doss

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Fallen

Gretta Milano

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Last Rites

Dr. Lauren Riggs

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Matilda

Miss Honey

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Murder in the First

Mary McCasslin

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Feast of July

Bella Ford

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Schindler's List

Helen Hirsch

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Army of Darkness

Sheila

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Till Death Us Do Part

Katherine Palliko

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Deadly Matrimony

Dianne Masters

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Mutator

Jennifer

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Task Force

Natasha Lytess 2 episodes, 2015

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