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Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker, was also a civil rights ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 82 wins & 108 nominations. See more awards »

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Fences Rose Maxson
The Help
The Help Aibileen Clark
Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad Amanda Waller
Doubt Mrs. Miller


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 2018 Widows (post-production)
 2014-2018 How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series)
Annalise Keating
- Episode #4.9 (2018) ... Annalise Keating
- Live. Live. Live. (2017) ... Annalise Keating
- Nobody Roots for Goliath (2017) ... Annalise Keating
- Stay Strong, Mama (2017) ... Annalise Keating
- I Love Her (2017) ... Annalise Keating
 2016 Fences
Rose Maxson
 2016 Suicide Squad
Amanda Waller
 2016/I Custody
Martha Schulman
 2015 Lila & Eve
 2015 Blackhat
Carol Barrett
 2014 Get on Up
Susie Brown
 2014 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
Professor Friedman
 2013 Ender's Game
Major Gwen Anderson
 2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
Professor Lillian Friedman
 2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
Professor Lillian Friedman
 2013 Prisoners
Nancy Birch
 2013 Sofia the First (TV Series)
Helen Hanshaw
- The Buttercups (2013) ... Helen Hanshaw (voice)
 2013 Beautiful Creatures
 2012 Won't Back Down
Nona Alberts
 2011 Touch of Evil (Short)
The Vengeful Caretaker
 2011 The Help
Aibileen Clark
 2010 The Unforgiving Minute (Short)
 2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story
Dr. Eden Minerva
 2010/I Trust
Gail Friedman
 2010 Eat Pray Love
Delia Shiraz
 2010 Knight and Day
Director George
 2010 United States of Tara (TV Series)
Lynda P. Frazier
- The Family Portrait (2010) ... Lynda P. Frazier
- Explosive Diorama (2010) ... Lynda P. Frazier
- Dept. of F'd Up Family Services (2010) ... Lynda P. Frazier
- You Becoming You (2010) ... Lynda P. Frazier
- The Truth Hurts (2010) ... Lynda P. Frazier
 2009 Beyond All Boundaries (Short)
Hortense Johnson - Arsenal Worker (voice)
 2009 Law Abiding Citizen
 2009 State of Play
Dr. Judith Franklin
 2009 Madea Goes to Jail
 2008/I Doubt
Mrs. Miller
 2003-2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Donna Emmett
- Retro (2008) ... Donna Emmett
- Cold (2008) ... Donna Emmett
- Cage (2006) ... Donna Emmett
- Doubt (2004) ... Donna Emmett
- Birthright (2004) ... Donna Emmett
 2008 Nights in Rodanthe
 2008 Brothers & Sisters (TV Series)
Ellen Snyder
- Double Negative (2008) ... Ellen Snyder
 2008 The Andromeda Strain (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Charlene Barton
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... Dr. Charlene Barton
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Dr. Charlene Barton
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... Dr. Charlene Barton
 2007 Fort Pit (TV Movie)
 2007 Traveler (TV Series)
Agent Jan Marlow
- The Exchange (2007) ... Agent Jan Marlow
- The Reunion (2007) ... Agent Jan Marlow
- The Trader (2007) ... Agent Jan Marlow
- The Tells (2007) ... Agent Jan Marlow
- The Out (2007) ... Agent Jan Marlow
 2007 Jesse Stone: Sea Change (TV Movie)
Molly Crane
 2007 Disturbia
Detective Parker
 2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (TV Movie)
Diane Barrino
 2006 World Trade Center
Mother in Hospital
 2006 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Audrey Williams
- White Balance (2006) ... Audrey Williams
 2006 Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (TV Movie)
Molly Crane
 2006 The Architect
Tonya Neely
 2006 Jesse Stone: Night Passage (TV Movie)
Molly Crane
 2006 Laws of Chance (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2006)
 2005 Syriana
CIA Chairwoman (uncredited)
 2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin'
 2005 Threshold (TV Series)
Victoria Rossi
- Shock (2005) ... Victoria Rossi
 2005 Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (TV Movie)
Molly Crane
 2004 Century City (TV Series)
Hannah Crane
- Only You (2004) ... Hannah Crane
- The Face Was Familiar (2004) ... Hannah Crane
- Without a Tracer (2004) ... Hannah Crane
- Sweet Child of Mine (2004) ... Hannah Crane
- The Haunting (2004) ... Hannah Crane
 2003 The Practice (TV Series)
Aisha Crenshaw
- We the People (2003) ... Aisha Crenshaw
 2003 Hack (TV Series)
Stevie Morgan
- Third Strike (2003) ... Stevie Morgan
 2002 Father Lefty (TV Movie)
 2002 Solaris
 2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Attorney Campbell
- The Execution of Catherine Willows (2002) ... Attorney Campbell
 2002 Antwone Fisher
Eva May
 2002 Far from Heaven
 2002 The Division (TV Series)
Dr. Georgia Davis
- Remembrance (2002) ... Dr. Georgia Davis
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Terry Randolph
- Badge (2002) ... Terry Randolph
 2001 Kate & Leopold
 2001 Third Watch (TV Series)
Margo Rodriguez
- Act Brave (2001) ... Margo Rodriguez
 2001 The Guardian (TV Series)
Suzanna Clemons' Attorney
- The Men from the Boys (2001) ... Suzanna Clemons' Attorney
 2001 Providence (TV Series)
Dr. Eleanor Weiss
- You Can Count on Me (2001) ... Dr. Eleanor Weiss
 2001 The Shrink Is In
 2001 Amy & Isabelle (TV Movie)
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- Pick and Roll Over (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- SWAT's Happening (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- Smoochas Gracias (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- Saving Faces (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
- The Lone Free Ranger (2000) ... Nurse Lynnette Peeler
 2000 Traffic
Social Worker
 2000 Judging Amy (TV Series)
- Blast from the Past (2000) ... Celeste
 1998 Miss Apprehension and Squirt
Sharon Hughes
 1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
Rosemary Allbright
 1998 Out of Sight
 1998 The Pentagon Wars (TV Movie)
Sgt. Fanning
 1996 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Mrs. Stapleton
- Smack Is Back (1996) ... Mrs. Stapleton
 1996 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
- Moby Greg (1996) ... Woman
 1996 The Substance of Fire
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(January 17 to March 10, 1996) She acted in August Wilson's play, "Seven Guitars," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Keith David, Tommy Hollis, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michele Shay, Roger Robinson, and Rosalyn Coleman,in the cast in the cast. Lloyd Richards, was director. Dwight D. Andrews was musical ... See more »

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When you're acting, you're feeling everything - every last receptor in your body is alive, 100% alive, and you're not hiding anything, because everything is used as a tool to make the character a fully realized human being. See more »


Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be Oscar-nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The others in chronological order are Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Gabourey Sidibe and Quvenzhané Wallis. See more »


Often plays longsuffering mothers (e.g. Doubt, Antwone Fisher, Get on Up, Fences) See more »

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