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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 45 wins & 71 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Help
The Help Aibileen Clark
Prisoners Nancy Birch
Doubt Mrs. Miller
Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad Amanda Waller


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 2015 Lila & Eve
 2013 Sofia the First (TV Series)
Helen Hanshaw
- The Buttercups (2013) ... Helen Hanshaw (voice)
 2011 Touch of Evil (Short)
The Vengeful Caretaker
 2010 The Unforgiving Minute (Short)
 2010/I Trust
Gail Friedman
 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
 2007 Fort Pit (TV Movie)
 2006 Laws of Chance (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2006)
 2005 Syriana
CIA Chairwoman (uncredited)
 2005 Threshold (TV Series)
Victoria Rossi
- Shock (2005) ... Victoria Rossi
 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 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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Received a 1999 Obie Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play "Everybody's Ruby". See more »

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1 Interview | 6 Articles | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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[on undertaking the role of Aibileen in The Help (2011)]: I absolutely feel that she just had the nurturing instinct. You know, it's like my mom. She's said she's taken care of kids since she was four years old, and she's now sixty-eight. That's all she knew,, which was to take care of kids. She also had seventeen of her brothers and sisters and cousins and all of that - and she was always taking... See more »


Graduated from The Juilliard School. See more »


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Why is she so liked? snaykskin
But-but-but Viola played a maid waaaah! Lucky_Lefty
Glad to see how much things have changed since The Help. andrew-gillespie5000
"Did anyone else see her on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight?..." pkwfireteacher
THIS is her year, you can bet on it petermiller1988
Central Falls, R. I. knnthdow
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