SHE was the teacher we all loved and wanted – Miss Honey from Matilda – but she's come a long way from the days of fearing Ms Trunchbull's Chokey.

Embeth Davidtz played the endearing and sweet teacher who helped Matilda, played by Mara Wilson, reach her academic potential and even rescued her from her family by adopting her.

She was also the saving grace of the school who put her kids' well-being and safety first from Ms Trunchbull's cruel disciplinary methods in the 1996 hit.

Over 20 years later, the actress, who is now 55, still looks as youthful as she did back then – and still enjoying a successful career in the industry.

When it comes to social media, Embeth doesn't appear to have an active Facebook or Twitter account.

But she does have an Instagram page, with 20,000 followers.

Director Steven Spielberg first spotted the actress in Deadly Matrimony and cast her in Schindler's List before she starred in Matilda.

Since Matilda. Embeth hasn't had a role that made us love her as much as Miss Honey, but she has been a busy bee.

She's had roles on popular TV shows like Citizen Baines, Mad Men, Californication, and In Treatment.

The American-South African actress was also Peter Parker's mum in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

More recently, she has starred in Grey's Anatomy as Nancy Shepherd.

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Her personal life isn't filled with drama unlike some celebs.

She is happily married to entertainment lawyer Jason Sloane since 2002.

The pair have two children, Charlotte Emily, 18, and Asher Dylan Sloane, 15, and it her parenting is anything like her portrayal of Miss Honey, her kids must have the best mum ever.

Meanwhile, here's what the Love Actually cast look like now – as lobster girl Lulu Popplewell brands film ‘s***’ & ‘sexist’.

And remember the child stars from Matilda? The cast all look very different now.

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