At 58 years old, Embeth Davidtz has this physical status:
Davidtz made her 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, she also starred in other local plays, including Stille Nag (Silent Night) and A Chain of Voices, both earning her nominations for the South African equivalent of the Tony Award.
Her film debut came in 1988 with a small role in South African-filmed American horror Mutator. Shortly after, she won a bigger part in South African short telemovie A Private Life, as the daughter of an interracial couple. Davidtz won a DALRO Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1990 play Houd-den-bek. For the same play, she was nominated in 1991 for the Esther Roos Award for Best Actress in a Supporting role in Afrikaans film. Steven Spielberg noticed her performance in the 1992 South African film, Nag van die Negentiende and offered her the role of Helen Hirsch in Schindler's List.
In 1993, Davidtz played the role of Helen Hirsch in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List.
In 1995, Davidtz had a central role in the fact-based film Murder in the First, and the Merchant Ivory production Feast of July. In Matilda (1996), she played the role of Miss Honey, the first-grade teacher of the title character.
In 1998, Davidtz played a theologian helping Denzel Washington crack a supernatural wave of crimes in the mystery drama Fallen and a femme fatale linked to Kenneth Branagh in Robert Altman's in The Gingerbread Man. The following year, Davidtz portrayed a 19th-century woman of the world in Patricia Rozema's reworking of the Jane Austen comedy Mansfield Park and played a dual role opposite Robin Williams in the futuristic fable Bicentennial Man.
A supporting role in the 2001 film Bridget Jones' Diary saw Davidtz play Natasha, a colleague and one of the love interests of Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). That year, she began her run on the CBS drama Citizen Baines, playing the daughter of a defeated United States Senate incumbent (James Cromwell) who is herself leaning towards a career in politics. Other roles included horror thrillers like 2001's Thirteen Ghosts alongside Tony Shalhoub. In 2002, she appeared in the Michael Hoffman drama The Emperor's Club.
In Junebug (2005), she played an outsider art dealer from Chicago brought to North Carolina to meet her husband's family for the first time. Davidtz has also guest-starred on the ABC drama series Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Derek Shepherd's sister Nancy in the Season 3 episode "Let the Angels Commit". In 2008, she had a regular role on HBO's In Treatment as Amy, part of a fractious couple alongside Josh Charles's Jake.
She portrayed the unfaithful and unfortunate wife of Anthony Hopkins's character in the 2007 drama Fracture.
From 2009 to 2012, she played Rebecca Pryce, wife of Lane Pryce, in the AMC television show Mad Men. She also played Felicia Koons, the wife of the dean and the mother of Becca's best friend, Chelsea, on Showtime's Californication.
Davidtz played Annika Blomkvist in the 2011 English language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She also briefly appeared in the 2012 Spider-Man reboot The Amazing Spider-Man as Mary Parker, Peter Parker's missing mother.
The new full-length trailer for Netflix's "Matilda the Musical" is here, and it features Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, and the young Alisha Weir stepping into the iconic roles of Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey, and Matilda — but this time, with music! The trailer, which was released on 13 Oct. and clocks in at just over two minutes, gives a sneak peek at a few of the youthful songs that will keep you hooked throughout the film.
The musical — and 1996 cult-classic film — is based on Roald Dahl's story about the titular 5-year-old, who uses her powers of telekinesis to overcome bullies, including her parents and her school's headmistress. The film will be helmed by Matthew Warchus, who also directed the stage musical. Original playwright Dennis Kelly will adapt the screenplay, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The film will get an exclusive theatrical release in the UK through Sony's TriStar Pictures, with Netflix distributing it worldwide online.