Embeth Davidtz

Embeth Davidtz

  • Highest Rated: 97% Schindler's List (1993)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Paranoia (2013)
  • Birthday: Aug 11, 1966
  • Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana
  • Fans of Steven Spielberg's acclaimed Schindler's List (1993) will recognize actress Embeth Davidtz for playing the abused Jewish maid Helen Hirsch, while those who love Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series may remember her for playing the two-faced Sheila in the third Evil Dead installment, Army of Darkness (1992). Still others will recognize the actress for her strong work in such period dramas as Feast of July (1995) and Mansfield Park (1998).Born in Indiana but raised in South Africa, Davidtz is fluent in English and Afrikaans, having studied classical and contemporary drama in both languages. A graduate of Rhodes University, she made an auspicious theatrical debut with the country's National Theater Company, as Juliet in a production of Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy, and she subsequently garnered considerable accolades for her theatrical work. Davidtz entered films playing the daughter of an interracial couple in the South African television movie A Private Life (1988) and went on to win the country's equivalent of an Oscar in the Afrikaaner psychological drama Night of the Nineteenth. As her early work might indicate, Davidtz has shown a preference for appearing in political dramas from her first days in film.A resident of the U.S. since 1991, Davidtz has appeared in numerous television movies and miniseries, including the 1992 crime thriller Deadly Matrimony. In 1995, she won more critical praise for her work as a young woman who causes a family crisis after being impregnated and deserted by her callous lover in an acclaimed adaptation of H.E. Bates' novel The Feast of July. As a change of pace, she played a kindhearted teacher in Danny DeVito's darkly comic adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel Mathilda (1996) and then it was back to straight political drama with Garden of Redemption (1997). In 1998, Davidtz co-starred with Kenneth Branagh, in Robert Altman's adaptation of John Grisham's novel The Gingerbread Man, as a low-rent caterer with more than her share of dirty secrets. That same year, she continued in a similarly sly vein as the conniving Mary Crawford in Patricia Rozema's controversial adaptation of Mansfield Park, injecting the proceedings with a savory dollop of manipulative eroticism.Over the coming years, Davidz would remain as active on screen as ever, appearing in films like Mansfield Park and Fracture, and on shows like Citizen Baines, In Treatment, Californication, and Mad Men.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Mary Parker $183.3M 2014
7% Paranoia Dr. Judith Bolton $5.4M 2013
81% Europa Report Dr. Unger $0.2M 2013
73% The Amazing Spider-Man Mary Parker $262.1M 2012
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Annika Blomkvist $102.6M 2011
76% 3 Backyards Actress 2011
45% Fragments Joan Laraby 2008
71% Fracture Jennifer Crawford $39.1M 2007
87% Junebug Madeleine $2.5M 2005
50% The Emperor's Club Elizabeth $14M 2002
80% Shackleton Actor 2002
15% Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) Kalina Seyler $41.7M 2001
81% Bridget Jones's Diary Natasha 2001
63% Simon Magus Leah 2001
50% The Hole Dr. Philippa Horwood 2001
36% Bicentennial Man Little Miss/Portia 1999
77% Mansfield Park Mary Crawford 1999
No Score Yet Last Rites Dr. Lauren Riggs 1998
40% Fallen Gretta Milano 1997
58% The Gingerbread Man Mallory Doss 1997
No Score Yet Garden of Redemption Adriana 1997
90% Matilda Miss Honey/Mother 1996
67% Feast of July Bella Ford 1995
50% Murder in the First Mary McCasslin 1994
97% Schindler's List Helen Hirsch 1993
No Score Yet Sweet Murder Laurie 1993
73% Army of Darkness Sheila 1993
No Score Yet Till Death Us Do Part Katherine Palliko 1992
No Score Yet Deadly Matrimony Dianne 1992
No Score Yet Mutator (Time of the Beast) Jennifer 1989

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

81% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Nancy Derek's Sister Nancy Shepherd
  • 2019
  • 2006
94% Mad Men
2007-2015
Rebecca Pryce
  • 2012
  • 2009
57% Californication
2007-2014
Felicia Koons Felicia
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
87% In Treatment
2008-2010
Amy
  • 2008
83% Scrubs
2001-2010
Maddie
  • 2004
No Score Yet Citizen Baines
2001
Ellen Ellen Baines Croland
  • 2001

QUOTES FROM Embeth Davidtz CHARACTERS

Little Miss / Portia
But if this really works between us? You and I will never be accepted. We can't be married or anything.
Little Miss / Portia
What's right for most people in most situations isn't right for everyone in every situation! Real morality lies in following one's own heart.
Little Miss / Portia
I like you. I even understand you some of the time. But I'm not about to invest my emotions in a machine.
Madeleine
I even bite my toenails.
Ashley
You do not.
Little Miss / Portia
I have a friend who is very special to me. He's sweet and exceptionally intelligent, but, well - he's not really a - I mean, a relationship between us would be impossible. It would never, could never, work out.
Little Miss / Portia
(after Andrew has died, as a man) Can you do me a favor... would you mind unplugging me? That's an order.
Little Miss / Portia
Can you do me a favor... would you mind unplugging me? That's an order.
Miss Honey
Oh no, Matilda is a wonderful girl, and very bright.
Agatha Trunchbull
A bright child?
Miss Honey
Yes, she can multiply large sums in her head.
Agatha Trunchbull
So can a calculator.
Sheila/Evil Sheila
You found me beautiful once...
Ash (Ashley J. Williams)
Honey, you got real ugly...
Mary Parker
Peter, secrets have a cost! They're not for free! Not now, not ever!
Sheila/Evil Sheila
I may be bad... but I feel gooood.
Sheila/Evil Sheila
You shall die!!!
Sheila/Evil Sheila
You shall die!
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
You found me weakness. It's small knives!
Mary Parker
You found my weakness. It's small knives!
Spider-Man/Peter Parker
You found me weakness. It's small knives!
Spider-Man/Peter Parker
You found my weakness. It's small knives!
Madeleine
I was born in Japan.
Ashley
You were not.
Ashley
You were not!
Sheila/Evil Sheila
But what of all those sweet words you spoke in private?
Ash (Ashley J. Williams)
Oh that's just what we call pillow talk, baby, that's all.
Sheila/Evil Sheila
You found me beautiful once.
Ash (Ashley J. Williams)
Honey, you got real ugly.
Sheila/Evil Sheila
But what of the things that we've shared? What of all the sweet words that you spoke in private?
Ash (Ashley J. Williams)
Well, that's just what we call "pillow talk," baby. That's all.
Ash (Ashley J. Williams)
Well, that's just what we call 'pillow talk,' baby. That's all.