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Embeth Davidtz

Highest Rated:   97% Schindler's List (1993)
Lowest Rated:   6% Paranoia (2013)
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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
6% Paranoia
  • Dr. Judith Bolton
$5.4M 2013
80% 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
$39M 2007
86% Junebug
  • Madeleine
$2.5M 2005
50% The Emperor's Club
  • Elizabeth
$14M 2002
No Score Yet Shackleton
  • Actor
2002
14% 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
37% Bicentennial Man
  • Little Miss/Portia
1999
76% Mansfield Park
  • Mary Crawford
1999
No Score Yet Last Rites
  • Dr. Lauren Riggs
1998
41% Fallen
  • Gretta Milano
1997
60% 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
72% 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
94% Mad Men
2007-2015
  • Rebecca Pryce
  • 2012
  • 2009
52% Californication
2007-2014
  • Felicia Koons Felicia
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
84% In Treatment
2008-2010
  • Amy
  • 2008
72% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Nancy Derek's Sister
  • 2006
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Maddie
  • 2004
No Score Yet Citizen Baines
2001
  • Ellen Ellen Baines Croland
  • 2001

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