Judy Davis (born 23 April 1955) is an Academy Award-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award, three-time Emmy Award, two-time BAFTA Award and two-time Golden Globe Award-winning Australian actress.
Davis was born in Perth and had a strict Catholic upbringing. She was educated at Loreto Convent and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She has been married to actor and fellow NIDA graduate Colin Friels (who was also in the film Hightide with her) since 1984. They have two children, Jack and Charlotte. They currently reside in Sydney.
First coming to prominence for her role as Sybylla Melvyn in the coming-of-age saga My Brilliant Career (1979), for which she won BAFTA Awards for Best Actress and Best Newcomer, she also played the lead in such Australian New Wave classics as Winter of Our Dreams (1981) (as the waif-like heroin addict) and Heatwave (1982) (as the radical tenant organizer).
Her first foray into international film came in 1981 when she played the younger version of Ingrid Bergman's Golda Meir in the television docudrama A Woman Called Golda.
In 1984 she was cast as Adela Quested in David Lean's final film A Passage to India, an adaptation of