American-South African actress, Embeth Jean Davidtz was born in Lafayette, Indiana on August 11, 1965. Her parents, John and Jean, later moved to Trenton, New Jersey, and then back to their native abode South Africa, when she was nine years old. Davidtz has Dutch, English, and French ancestry. Before attending school classes in South Africa, she had to learn Afrikaans to help her cope with the environment. She graduated from The Glen High School in Pretoria in 1983 and studied at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
At the age of 21, Davidtz made her professional acting debut with Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB), now known as Artscape in Cape Townwhere she played Juliet in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet, at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre.
Davidtz moved to Los Angeles in 1991, and immediately landed a role in her first American film, “Evil Dead” sequel “Army of Darkness”. Following that, she appeared in two NBC projects, the made-for-television film “Till Death Do Us Part” and the miniseries “Deadly Matrimony”. She was also made an appearance in Laura Ziskin’s short film Oh, What A Day.
|Davidz in Army of Darkness|
In 1998, Davidtz played a theologian helping Denzel Washington crack a supernatural wave of crimes in the mystery drama “Fallen” after which she featured in another film titled “The Gingerbread Man” a femme fatale linked to Kenneth Branagh in Robert Altman’s take on a previously unused John Grisham manuscript that same year.
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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.
Davidtz has also guest-starred on the hit ABC drama series Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Derek Shepherd’s sister Nancy in the Season 3 episode “Let the Angels Commit”
Recently, she made guest appearances on Ray Donovan in which she portrays a breast-cancer survivor which is a real life situation for Davidtz as she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, which had caused her to stop working and for which she underwent a mastectomy. The role was Davidtz’s first after undergoing treatment, and when informed that it required nudity, she worked with producer David Hollander to incorporate her partially-reconstructed right breast into the story, turning down the use of a prosthetic as a substitute for her right nipple that was due to be restored through surgery.
Davidtz got married to entertainment attorney Jason Sloane in June 2002 and they have two children, Charlotte Emily (born 2002) and Asher Dylan Sloane (born in 2005).
She has featured in over 20 films and TV movies among which are: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Paranoia (2013), Mad Men (2009 – 2012), The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015) to mention but a few.