Matilda Ledger is the daughter of the late Australian actor and music video director Heath Ledger and his former wife Michele Williams. It has already been 14 years since the untimely passing of the celebrated actor. However, many people still remember the actor and are interested to know about Heath’s only offspring.
Matilda’s mother is also an accomplished actress who reached international prominence as a teenage actress in the hit 90s television show Dawson’s Creek and recently starred in Marvel’s Venom as Anne Weying as well. So, we will tell you everything you need to know about Matilda including her current whereabouts and her life after her father’s death in this article.
Matilda Ledger closely resembles her father
Matilda Ledger was born on 28th October 2005 in New York City, United States. Her birth name is Matilda Rose Ledger and she weighed 6lb 5 oz at the time of her birth. According to her birthdate, she is currently, 16 years old and her zodiac sign is Scorpio. She is the only child of Heath Ledger and Michele Williams.
Her parents had met each other on the set of Brokeback Mountain in 2004. Unfortunately, their relationship couldn’t last long as they decided to get separated in 2007.
Matilda looks exactly like her father. In an interview on the Australian talk show The Project, Matilda’s grandfather Kim Ledger commented on the uncanny similarities between his late son and his granddaughter. He said, “She’s got an enormous number of his mannerisms. She’s very inquisitive, she’s got his energy. I mean, she’s just got this ball of energy and she radiates this little aura. Heath was kind of like that. So it’s fabulous really.”
Heath Ledger was the best joker
Heath Ledger was an Australian actor and music video director. His full name is Heath Andrew Ledger. In the 1990s he used to play roles in several Australian television and film productions. But later in 1998, he relocated to the USA for better opportunities to develop his film career. He had worked in 20 films.
Ledger was the star of many famous films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, The Dark Knight, Monster Ball, and Brokeback Mountain. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for his portrayal of Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain. He played the role of the legendary villain character the Joker in the 2008 movie “The Dark Knight”.
Who is the best Joker of all time?
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Furthermore, Heath Ledger’s Joker is considered the best Joker of all time by many. LADbible conducted a survey on Twitter with more than 23 thousand followers. Heath won with 77.6% of the vote for his performance in Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight.
Matilda Ledger was only two years old when her father passed away
Sadly on January 22, 2008, at around 3:00 pm (E.S.T) he was found unconscious in his bed by his housekeeper and masseuse named Teresa Solomon and Diana Wolozin respectively, in his loft at 421 Broome Street in the SoHo neighborhood in Manhattan. Wolozin tried to save him through CPR but was unable to revive him.
On February 6, 2008, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York released its conclusion. In that report, it had concluded that he died as the result of acute intoxication of the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine. To put it simply he died due to acute drug intoxication. He died at just the age of 28.
It’s very heartbreaking as Matilda was just 2 years old when her father passed away. Luckily, her mother didn’t abandon her and raised her with great care ad love. Since Heath died, she has been in numerous relationships with others, but she finally married Thomas Kail in March 2020 after expecting their first child. Together, they have welcomed a baby girl whose name hasn’t been revealed yet.
Does Matilda have any siblings? Her hobbies and interests
As mentioned earlier, Matilda’s mother Williams has moved on after Heath’s death. In 2019, People reported that she was engaged to the director of the American musical Hamilton, namely Thomas Kail. They have already married and they were expecting their first child in 2020. It was also revealed that the two had welcomed a baby girl. Thus, Matilda has a younger sister whose name is yet to be revealed.
According to a source, Matilda has taken a keen interest in one of her late father’s favorite hobbies, chess. The insider revealed to New Idea, “Heath was obsessed with chess, and now Matilda is getting quite good at it. She even has her dad’s old chess board.”
Additionally, her hobbies are reading, theatre plays, and artwork. Her favorite foods are Pizza, Fries, and Ice-cream. Tom Holland and Margot Robbie are her favorite film stars. Her favorite color is white and her dream holiday destination is Greece.
Jeremy Strong was serious enough to hold the weight of Matilda’s broken heart
Matilda’s mother Williams revealed on how her longtime friend Jeremy Strong made a difference in her and now-16-year-old daughter’s lives after the death of Heath Ledger. Williams gave an interview with Variety where she recalls her friend Jeremy moving in with her and her daughter after Ledger died following an accidental overdose of sleeping pills even though she had already separated from him at the time.
Williams said, “Jeremy was serious enough to hold the weight of a child’s broken heart and sensitive enough to understand how to approach her through play and games and silliness.”
Additionally, she also said that her daughter who was just 2 years old at the time of Ledger’s death “didn’t grow up with her father. she grew up with her Jeremy and we were changed by his ability to play as though his life depended upon it because hers did.”
Matilda was eager to spend time with her dad’s side of the family
The news outlet Woman’sDay revealed that she was raised exclusively in the United States with her Australian side of the family making the trek from Perth to New York for visits following her father’s death. However, these visits have been hampered over the past two years due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Thus, it’s quite understandable that she would be eager to spend time with her dad’s side of the family.
Furthermore, a source close to Williams disclosed that the teenager is hoping to visit Perth in the near future to spend more time with her father’s family, especially her grandparents and aunt Kate: “It’s heartbreaking for the Ledgers, they’re missing so much. But Matilda is a strong-willed young thing, just like her dad, and she’s informed Michelle that she wants to go to Perth. Michelle is extremely protective of Matilda and has tried so hard to shelter her from public life, but she has accepted Matilda’s wishes.”
Additionally, it is expected that she will be welcomed very warmly by her family when she finally does return to Australia. She won’t be welcomed by her family only as there has already been speculation that casting directors and television insiders will vie to get Matilda to feature in an episode of two of the Australian soap opera “Home & Away” which gave Ledger his first big acting break.