Annemarie Mattheyse was born and grew up in South Africa, where she majored in French and German at Stellenbosch University, earning an Honours degree in French in 2003. When the opportunity arose to move to the Netherlands, she added Dutch to the list. While there, she began her career as a translator, focusing on Dutch and French to English. She developed connections in the Dutch and Belgian film industries, and regularly translates film scripts, treatments, and other materials in addition to her day job as a localization specialist at a tech company. A naturalized Dutch citizen, she has lived in the US since 2010.