Octavia Spencer

Possessing the talent to make even the most minor of roles memorable, Octavia Spencer was a fixture for years on both the small and big screens in supporting roles that called for either a caring nurse or a mouthy ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1972 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

Fathers and Daughters 2015 (Movie)

Doctor Corman (Actor)

Mom 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Band Society 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Divergent Series: Insurgent 2015 (Movie)

Johanna (Actor)

The Great Gilly Hopkins 2015 (Movie)

Ms. Harris (Actor)

Black or White 2014 (Movie)

Rowena Jeffers (Actor)

Blues for Willadean 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

Aunt Honey (Actor)

Girls! Girls! Girls! 2014 (Movie)

("The Perfect Fit") (Actor)

Jesus People 2014 (Movie)

Angel Angelique (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Lost on Purpose 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Small Town Saturday Night 2014 (Movie)

Rhonda Dooley (Actor)

Snowpiercer 2014 (Movie)

Tanya (Actor)

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

30 Rock 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Fruitvale Station 2013 (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)

Paradise 2013 (Movie)

Loray (Actor)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 (Movie)

Martha (Voice)

The 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oprah's Oscar Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Smashed 2012 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

20/20 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

Madge (Actor)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

Minny Jackson (Actor)

Dinner for Schmucks 2010 (Movie)

Madame Nora - Pet Psychic (Actor)

HawthoRNe 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dollhouse 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drag Me to Hell 2009 (Movie)

Bank Co-Worker (Actor)

Halloween 2 2009 (Movie)

Nurse Daniels (Actor)

Pretty Ugly People 2009 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Raising the Bar 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

Troubled Woman (Actor)

Worst Week 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seven Pounds 2008 (Movie)

Kate / Home Health Care Nurse (Actor)

The Big Bang Theory 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wizards of Waverly Place 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cavemen 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Halfway Home 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nines 2007 (Movie)

Streetwalker/Woman on Sidewalk (Actor)

Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Huff 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pulse 2006 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

Standoff 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beauty Shop 2005 (Movie)

Big Customer (Actor)

CSI: New York 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

Mrs. Battle (Actor)

LAX 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

Middle-Aged Woman (Actor)

Breakin' All the Rules 2004 (Movie)

Stylist (Actor)

Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! 2004 (Movie)

Janine (Actor)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

Opal (Actor)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

Becker 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roswell 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

Check-In-Girl (Actor)

The Chronicle 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Titus 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grounded For Life 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Momma's House 2000 (Movie)

Twila (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Malcolm in the Middle 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

Baby Nurse (Actor)

missing pieces 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

Woman in Elevator (Actor)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

Shawna (Actor)

Four Dogs Playing Poker 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lansky 1999 (Movie)

Evelyn the Maid (Actor)

Never Been Kissed 1999 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Sparkler 1999 (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)

To Have & to Hold 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

413 Hope Street 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sixth Man 1997 (Movie)

Nativity Watson (Actor)

A Time to Kill 1996 (Movie)

Roark's Nurse (Actor)

Brimstone (TV Show)

Actor

Follow the Stars Home (TV Show)

Actor

Little John (TV Show)

Actor
Casting (1)

Tom and Huck 1995 (Movie)

(Extras Casting)
Producer (1)

Fruitvale Station 2013 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Paradise 2013 (Movie)

("No Surprises") (Song Performer)

Biography

Possessing the talent to make even the most minor of roles memorable, Octavia Spencer was a fixture for years on both the small and big screens in supporting roles that called for either a caring nurse or a mouthy blue-collar worker. After making her feature film debut in the crime drama "A Time to Kill" (1996), Spencer went on to appear on such popular programs as "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), and the hit comedy "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010). Spencer's perfect timing and natural sass also helped her land roles in feature comedies such as "Big Momma's House" (2000) and "Beauty Shop" (2005), as well as a breakout role on Comedy Central's "Halfway Home" (2007), appearing as a loudmouthed ex-con who is always picking fights with her housemates. After many years of paying her dues as background or supporting players, Spencer garnered much-deserved praise and an Oscar for her glowing performance in "The Help" (2011), based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name. She was pitch-perfect as Minny Jackson, a determined and sharp-tongued maid who secretly helps an aspiring writer accurately chronicle the lives of African-American domestics in racially-charged 1960s Mississippi. The high-profile role finally thrust Spencer's talents into the forefront, earning her recognition as a truly multifaceted actress.

EDUCATION

Auburn University

Auburn , Alabama
Liberal Arts major

Milestones

2011

Breakthrough film role, playing the feisty and defiant maid Minny Jackson in "The Help"; author Kathryn Stockett had Spencer in mind for Minny when writing her best-selling novel

2010

Played one of the zany guests in "Dinner for Schmucks," starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd

2009

Reteamed with director Sam Raimi for the thriller "Drag Me to Hell"

2008

Cast as the caretaker of a terminally ill patient (Rosario Dawson) in the drama feature "Seven Pounds"

2007

Played an immigration agent obsessed with the title character's father on ABC's "Ugly Betty"

2005

Cast as an opinionated client who visits Queen Latifah's salon in the comedy "Beauty Shop"

2003

Made her stage debut in the Los Angeles production of "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife"

2002

Landed a minor role in Sam Raimi directed action adventure "Spider-Man"

1999

Played a nurse on "Chicago Hope" (CBS), "Roswell" (The WB, UPN), and "The X-Files" (Fox)

1999

Cast in a minor role in the romantic comedy "Never Been Kissed"

1998

Reunited with "A Time To Kill" co-stars Bullock and McConaughey in the short film "Making Sandwiches," written and directed by Bullock

1998

Made TV debut on UPN sitcom "Moesha"

1996

Feature acting debut, playing a nurse "A Time to Kill" opposite Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey

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