Heath Ledger’s teenage daughter Matilda bears a striking resemblance to her late father


Heath Ledger’s daughter Matilda is looking more like her late father than ever.  

Despite never having properly met him, Matilda has blossomed into the spitting image of Heath in the 13 years since his untimely death. 

Matilda, whose mother is American actress Michelle Williams, bears a striking resemblance to the 10 Things I Hate About You actor in recent photos, having inherited her dad’s wavy, sandy-coloured hair and strong facial features.

Chip off the old block: Heath Ledger’s daughter Matilda, 15, has grown into the spitting image of her late father – 13 years after his untimely death. Pictured: Matilda (right) and her mother Michelle Williams (left), 2019 

And it seems the uncanny resemblance doesn’t stop there, as Heath’s father Kim previously revealed Matilda is also carrying on his legacy within her personality.  

‘She’s got an enormous number of his mannerisms. She’s very inquisitive, she’s got his energy, cause Heath never slept from when he was two and Matilda’s like that,’ Kim told The Project. 

‘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.’

Spitting image: Matilda bears a striking resemblance to the 10 Things I Hate About You actor in recent photos, having inherited her dad's wavy, sandy-coloured hair and strong facial features. Pictured: Heath Ledger in 2001

Pictured: Matilda Ledger in 2019

Spitting image: Matilda bears a striking resemblance to the 10 Things I Hate About You actor in recent photos, having inherited her dad’s wavy, sandy-coloured hair and strong facial features. Pictured left: Heath Ledger in 2001, right, Matilda Ledger in 2019 

'She's got an enormous number of his mannerisms': The uncanny resemblance doesn't stop there, as Heath's father Kim previously revealed Matilda is also carrying on his legacy within her personality. Pictured: Matilda Ledger in 2009

‘She’s got an enormous number of his mannerisms’: The uncanny resemblance doesn’t stop there, as Heath’s father Kim previously revealed Matilda is also carrying on his legacy within her personality. Pictured: Matilda Ledger in 2009 

In March this year, an insider claimed Matilda had also recently sparked an interest in one of Heath’s old hobbies – chess. 

‘Heath was obsessed with chess, and now Matilda is getting quite good at it. ‘She even has her dad’s old chess board!’ the source told New Idea magazine.  

‘Matilda has the skills to become a Grandmaster. Michelle [Williams] thinks this is a great thing and will prevent her from getting up to no good.’ 

'She even has her dad's old chess board!' In March this year, an insider claimed Matilda had also recently sparked an interest in one of Heath's old hobbies - chess. Pictured: Michelle Williams and Matilda Ledger in 2009

‘She even has her dad’s old chess board!’ In March this year, an insider claimed Matilda had also recently sparked an interest in one of Heath’s old hobbies – chess. Pictured: Michelle Williams and Matilda Ledger in 2009 

'So far, so good': In 2019, Michelle gave fans an update on her life raising Matilda as a single mother, on what would have been Heath's 40th birthday. Pictured: Michelle Williams and Matilda Ledger in 2013

‘So far, so good’: In 2019, Michelle gave fans an update on her life raising Matilda as a single mother, on what would have been Heath’s 40th birthday. Pictured: Michelle Williams and Matilda Ledger in 2013 

In 2019, Michelle gave fans an update on her life raising Matilda as a single mother, on what would have been Heath’s 40th birthday.

Appearing on Live With Kelly And Ryan, the Dawson’s Creek actress described her parenting experience as: ‘So far, so good.’

The four-time Oscar-nominee admitted she was bracing herself for Matilda’s teenage years – as they can be a notoriously difficult time in any young person’s life.   

Michelle was in a relationship with Heath from 2004 until his untimely death in 2007. Pictured in 2006. Pictured: Michelle Williams, Heath Ledger and Matilda Ledger in 2006

Michelle was in a relationship with Heath from 2004 until his untimely death in 2007. Pictured in 2006. Pictured: Michelle Williams, Heath Ledger and Matilda Ledger in 2006 

‘Every morning we wake up and I look to see if the transformation has happened and if it’s turned into the next level that I keep hearing about, but so far, we’re not there yet,’ she said.  

Michelle was in a relationship with Heath from 2004 until his untimely death in 2007. 

The couple welcomed Matilda, their only child, in October 2005 – just two years before Heath’s untimely death on January 22, 2008.  

Family: The couple welcomed Matilda, their only child, in October 2005 - just two years before Heath's untimely death on January 22, 2008. Pictured: Heath and Matilda Ledger in 2006

Family: The couple welcomed Matilda, their only child, in October 2005 – just two years before Heath’s untimely death on January 22, 2008. Pictured: Heath and Matilda Ledger in 2006 

Heath was tragically found dead at a New York City apartment after accidentally overdosing following months of physical and mental exhaustion.

Reportedly a drug user on and off for years, things came to a head when he was juggling too many films – including his last role The Dark Knight – on very little sleep and he started relying on various cocktails of prescriptions to shut his mind off.

‘I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going,’ he told the New York Times in an interview in November – just two months before he died at the age of 28.

He was ultimately found dead from a lethal combination of six drugs in his system: two types of narcotics, two types of anti-anxiety medicine and two types of sleep medicine.

Tragic: Heath was tragically found dead at a New York City apartment after accidentally overdosing following months of physical and mental exhaustion

Tragic: Heath was tragically found dead at a New York City apartment after accidentally overdosing following months of physical and mental exhaustion



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