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Octavia Spencer

Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures Dorothy Vaughan
The Help
The Help Minny Jackson
Fruitvale Station
The Shack
The Shack Papa


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 2017 Small Town Crime
Kelly Banks
 2017/I The Shack
 2016 Bad Santa 2
 2016 Zootopia
Mrs. Otterton (voice)
 2016 The Free World
Linda Workman
 2015 The Great Gilly Hopkins
Ms. Harris
 2015 Drunk History (TV Series)
Harriet Tubman
- Spies (2015) ... Harriet Tubman
 2015 Break a Hip (TV Series)
Dr. Trekman
- The Doctor (2015) ... Dr. Trekman
 2013/I Paradise
 2013 American Dad! (TV Series)
- For Black Eyes Only (2013) ... Shonteeva (voice)
 2012 The Perfect Fit (Short)
Shy Girl
 2012 Smashed
 2011 Flypaper
 2011 Family Practice (TV Movie)
Helen Overby
 2010 Dinner for Schmucks
Madame Nora - Pet Psychic
 2010 Hawthorne (TV Series)
Emily Tomkins
- Afterglow (2010) ... Emily Tomkins
 2009 Just Peck
Detention Teacher
 2009 The Soloist
Troubled Woman
 2009 Jesus People: The Movie
Angel Angelique
 2009 Dollhouse (TV Series)
Professor Janack
- Echoes (2009) ... Professor Janack
 2009 Drag Me to Hell
Bank Co-Worker
 2009 Worst Week (TV Series)
- The Epidural (2009) ... Nurse
 2008/I Next of Kin
 2008 Seven Pounds
Kate (Home Health Care Nurse)
 2008 Faux Baby (TV Series)
- Valley of the Fauxs (2008) ... Robyn
 2008 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series)
 2008 The Spleenectomy (Short)
 2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
- Drops' Out (2008) ... Sherry
 2008 Pretty Ugly People
 2008 Wizards of Waverly Place (TV Series)
Dr. Evilini
- Wizard School: Part 2 (2008) ... Dr. Evilini
- Wizard School: Part 1 (2008) ... Dr. Evilini
 2006-2007 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (TV Series)
Cheryl / Female Security Guard
- Yoga Brain (2007) ... Cheryl
- Bad Luck Brad (2007) ... Cheryl
- Tumor Has It (2006) ... Female Security Guard
- Pounded (2006) ... Female Security Guard
 2007 Halfway Home (TV Series)
Serenity Johnson
- Halfway Innocent (2007) ... Serenity Johnson
- Halfway Working (2007) ... Serenity Johnson
- Halfway High School (2007) ... Serenity Johnson
- Halfway Scared (2007) ... Serenity Johnson
- Halfway New Guy (2007) ... Serenity Johnson
 2007 The Nines
Streetwalker / Pedestrian
 2006 Standoff (TV Series)
Rapid Air Clerk
- Pilot (2006) ... Rapid Air Clerk
 2006/I Pulse
Landlady (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2006 Huff (TV Series)
- Red Meat (2006) ... Demetria
 2005 Medium (TV Series)
- Judge, Jury and Executioner (2005) ... Jurist (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2005 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Child Welfare Rep
- On the Job (2005) ... Child Welfare Rep
 2004-2005 LAX (TV Series)
Flight Attendant
- Mixed Signals (2005) ... Flight Attendant
- Secret Santa (2004) ... Flight Attendant
- Thanksgiving (2004) ... Flight Attendant
- Out of Control (2004) ... Flight Attendant
- Credible Threat (2004) ... Flight Attendant
 2005 Beauty Shop
Big Customer
 2002-2005 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Eleanor Jackson / Dawna Cahill
- Old Man Quiver (2005) ... Eleanor Jackson
- Gypsy Woe's Me (2002) ... Dawna Cahill (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2005 Pretty Persuasion
 2005 Coach Carter
Mrs. Battle
 2004 Breakin' All the Rules
Stylist (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2003 Bad Santa
Opal (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2003 Chicken Party (Short)
Laqueta Mills
 2003 S.W.A.T.
Neighbor in Alley (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Security Guard (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2003 Sol Goode
Unemployment Clerk (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2002 Presidio Med (TV Series)
Sheryl Washington
- Do No Harm (2002) ... Sheryl Washington (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2001-2002 Titus (TV Series)
Ms. Alice Hays / Ms. Hays
- The Visit (2002) ... Ms. Alice Hays (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- Amy's Birthday (2001) ... Ms. Hays (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2002 Little John (TV Movie)
Waitress (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2002 Spider-Man
Check-In Girl
 2001-2002 The Chronicle (TV Series)
Ruby Rydell
- Hot from the Oven (2002) ... Ruby Rydell (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- I See Dead Fat People (2002) ... Ruby Rydell (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- Bring Me the Head of Tucker Burns (2001) ... Ruby Rydell (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- He's Dead, She's Dead (2001) ... Ruby Rydell (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- What Gobbles Beneath (2001) ... Ruby Rydell (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2001 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
- Wish We Weren't Here (2001) ... Gloria (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2001 Follow the Stars Home (TV Movie)
Hildy (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2001 Grounded for Life (TV Series)
Admitting Nurse
- Jimmy's Got a Gun (2001) ... Admitting Nurse (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2001 The Journeyman
Black Belly (as Octavia Spenser)
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
Nurse Bernice
- SWAT's Happening (2000) ... Nurse Bernice (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- Straight Flush (2000) ... Nurse Bernice (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- Leg Erie (2000) ... Nurse Bernice (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- Unhand Me (2000) ... Nurse Bernice (as Octavia L. Spencer)
- Prototype (2000) ... Nurse Bernice (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
- High School Play (2000) ... Cashier (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Becker (TV Series)
Ticket Woman
- One Wong Move (2000) ... Ticket Woman
 2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker
Waitress (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Big Momma's House
Twila (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
- Finch on Ice (2000) ... Nurse (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Auto Motives (Short)
 2000 What Planet Are You From?
Baby Nurse (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Missing Pieces (TV Movie)
Elegant Guest (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
 2000 Everything Put Together
Nurse B (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 The X-Files (TV Series)
- Millennium (1999) ... Nurse (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Roswell (TV Series)
- Leaving Normal (1999) ... Nurse (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Nurse Jane
- Oh What a Piece of Work Is Man (1999) ... Nurse Jane (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Blue Streak
Shawna (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Being John Malkovich
Woman in Elevator (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
Bus Driver
- Forty-Eight Minutes (1999) ... Bus Driver (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Never Been Kissed
Cynthia (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Lansky (TV Movie)
Evelyn the Maid (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Brimstone (TV Series)
Duty Nurse
- Faces (1999) ... Duty Nurse (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 The Sky Is Falling
Nurse #2
 1998 ER (TV Series)
Maria Jones
- Hazed and Confused (1998) ... Maria Jones (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1998 To Have & to Hold (TV Series)
- Right My Fire (1998) ... Clerk
 1998 Moesha (TV Series)
- Teacher (1998) ... Gloria (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1998 Making Sandwiches (Short) (uncredited)
 1997 Sparkler
 1997 413 Hope St. (TV Series)
Job Counselor #1
- Pilot (1997) ... Job Counselor #1 (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1997 The Sixth Man
Nativity Watson (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1996 A Time to Kill
Roark's Nurse
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Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Casting department (2 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
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Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (68 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)

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Alternate Names:

Octavia L. Spencer | Octavia Spenser


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[on 'Smashed'] To say we did it on a shoestring budget would be putting it mildly. We did it on a dental-floss budget. See more »


Was the 139th actress to receive an Academy Award for one of the two actress categories, either Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress; she won the Best Supporting Actress Award for The Help (2011) at The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) on February 26, 2012. See more »


Her gap-toothed smile.

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