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Octavia Spencer          

Academy Award-Winning Actress Known for Her Roles in "The Help" & "Hidden Figures"

A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents, Octavia Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork's feature film "The Help" won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Broadcast Film Critic's Choice Award among numerous other honors.

Spencer made her film debut in the 1996 drama A Time to Kill. In 2015, Spencer starred as Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction, in "Insurgent", the second installment of Lionsgate/Summit's highly successful franchise. For her performance in Ryan Coogler's biographical drama Fruitvale Station (2013), she received the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Spencer can also be seen in the action-adventure "Snowpiercer" (2013), in Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" (2014), The Divergent Series (2015–16), Gifted (2017), and Ma (2019). She received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for playing other women in 1960s America, the mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the biographical drama Hidden Figures (2016), and a cleaning woman in the fantasy film The Shape of Water (2017).

In addition to her busy slate on the silver screen, Octavia made her network television debut as a series regular on Fox's highly anticipated drama "Red Band Society". Octavia can also be seen guest-starring in the CBS series "Mom", a comedy that centers on a newly sober mom attempting to pull her life together. Additionally, she made a memorable guest appearance in the final season of "30 Rock", starred in the Comedy Central series "Halfway Home" and appeared in a five-episode arc as the character Constance Grady on the hit series "Ugly Betty". Octavia has been seen in guest-starring roles on shows including The Big Bang Theory, E.R., CSI, CSI: NY, Raising The Bar, Medium, and NYPD Blue.

Among her many other professional achievements, as an author, Spencer has created a children's book series, titled Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective. She has published two books in the series, titled The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (2013) and The Sweetest Heist in History (2015).

Octavia is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


Octavia Spencer Wears Her Favorite To The Hollywood Film Awards

he Fruitvale Station actress surprised no one with her outfit of choice, which was a lovely black chiffon keyhole dress with blue re-embroidered detail created by her favorite designer, Tadashi Shoji...

Octavia Spencer joins Taraji P. Henson in space drama Hidden Figures

Octavia Spencer will help Taraji P. Henson put an American in space. The Oscar winner from The Help will star in Hidden Figures, the film’s producer Donna Gigliotti confirmed to EW.

Octavia Spencer Schools 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' in New Clip

"If you're attempting to succeed at 100 percent failure, your attempts are flawed," she explains in the adaptation of Katherine Paterson's YA novel.

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