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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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


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  Are You Sleeping (TV Series) (pre-production)
  The Divergent Series: Ascendant (TV Movie) (pre-production)
Johanna Reyes
 2019 The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle (filming)
Dab-Dab (voice)
 2019 Ma (post-production)
 2018 The Goldbergs (TV Series)
 2018 A Kid Like Jake
 2017 The Shape of Water
Zelda Fuller
 2017 Gifted
Roberta Taylor
 2017 Small Town Crime
Kelly Banks
 2017/I The Shack
 2016 Hidden Figures
Dorothy Vaughan
 2016 Bad Santa 2
 2016 Car Dogs
Mrs. Barrett
 2016 Allegiant
 2016 Zootopia
Mrs. Otterton (voice)
 2016 The Free World
Linda Workman
 2013-2015 Mom (TV Series)
 2015 The Great Gilly Hopkins
Ms. Harris
 2015 Fathers & Daughters
Dr. Corman
 2015 Drunk History (TV Series)
Harriet Tubman
 2015 Break a Hip (TV Series)
Dr. Trekman
 2015 Insurgent
 2014-2015 Red Band Society (TV Series)
Nurse Jackson
 2014 Black or White
Rowena Jeffers
 2014 Get on Up
Aunt Honey
 2013/I Paradise
 2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Martha (voice)
 2013 Snowpiercer
 2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (TV Movie)
Dr. Nance
 2013 American Dad! (TV Series)
 2013 Lost on Purpose
Nurse Keller
 2013 Fruitvale Station
 2013 30 Rock (TV Series)
Octavia Spencer
 2012 Blues for Willadean
LaSonia Robinson
 2012 The Perfect Fit (Short)
Shy Girl
 2012 Smashed
 2011 Family Practice (TV Movie)
Helen Overby
 2011 The Help
Minny Jackson
 2011 Flypaper
 2010 Peep World
 2010 Love & Distrust (Video)
Rhonda / Segment 5 - Auto Motives (True Love and False Hope)
 2010 Dinner for Schmucks
Madame Nora - Pet Psychic
 2010 Hawthorne (TV Series)
Emily Tomkins
 2010 Small Town Saturday Night
Rhonda Dooley
 2009 Raising the Bar (TV Series)
Arvina Watkins
 2009 Herpes Boy
 2009 Love at First Hiccup
Mrs. Hambrick
 2009 Halloween II
Nurse Daniels
 2009 Just Peck
Detention Teacher
 2009 Jesus People: The Movie
Angel Angelique
 2009 The Soloist
Troubled Woman
 2009 Dollhouse (TV Series)
Professor Janack
 2009 Drag Me to Hell
Bank Co-Worker
 2009 Worst Week (TV Series)
 2008/I Next of Kin
 2008 Seven Pounds
Kate (Home Health Care Nurse)
 2008 Faux Baby (TV Series)
 2008 The Big Bang Theory (TV Series)
 2008 The Spleenectomy (Short)
 2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
 2008 Pretty Ugly People
 2008 Wizards of Waverly Place (TV Series)
Dr. Evilini
 2006-2007 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (TV Series)
Cheryl / Female Security Guard
 2007 Halfway Home (TV Series)
Serenity Johnson
 2007 Ugly Betty (TV Series)
Constance Grady
 2007 The Nines
Streetwalker / Pedestrian
 2006 Standoff (TV Series)
Rapid Air Clerk
 2006/I Pulse
Landlady (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2006 Huff (TV Series)
 2005 Medium (TV Series)
 2005/I Wannabe
Lady Chanet Janney Jones
 2005 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Child Welfare Rep
 2004-2005 LAX (TV Series)
Flight Attendant
 2005 Beauty Shop
Big Customer
 2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous
Octavia - Bookstore
 2002-2005 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Eleanor Jackson / Dawna Cahill
 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
 2001-2002 Titus (TV Series)
Ms. Alice Hays / Ms. Hays
 2002 Little John (TV Movie)
Waitress (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2002 Spider-Man
Check-In Girl
 2001-2002 The Chronicle (TV Series)
Ruby Rydell
 2001 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
 2001 Follow the Stars Home (TV Movie)
Hildy (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 2001 Grounded for Life (TV Series)
Admitting Nurse
 2001 The Journeyman
Black Belly (as Octavia Spenser)
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
Nurse Bernice
 2000 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
 2000 Becker (TV Series)
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)
 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 Sky Is Falling
Nurse #2
 1999 The X-Files (TV Series)
 1999 Roswell (TV Series)
 1999 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Nurse Jane
 1999 Blue Streak
Shawna (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 Being John Malkovich
Woman in Elevator (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1999 American Virgin
Agnes Large
 1999 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
Bus Driver
 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
 1998 ER (TV Series)
Maria Jones
 1998 To Have & to Hold (TV Series)
 1998 Moesha (TV Series)
 1998 Making Sandwiches (Short) (uncredited)
 1997 Sparkler
 1997 413 Hope St. (TV Series)
Job Counselor #1
 1997 The Sixth Man
Nativity Watson (as Octavia L. Spencer)
 1996 A Time to Kill
Roark's Nurse
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Show Show Self (79 credits)
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Other Works:

TV commercial for the "Sensa" weight-loss system. See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Interviews | 6 Articles | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Octavia L. Spencer | Octavia Spenser


5' 2" (1.57 m)

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[on her role as an alcoholic teacher in 'Smashed'] The subject matter is so relevant.People have been having issues with substance abuse since the dawn of time, I imagine, since they started fermenting fruit and vegetables, for God's sake. It was definitely an enlightening part to play. I'll say that I don't think you can throw a stone and not come in contact with someone who knows someone or has... See more »


In 2017, Spencer became the first Black Actress to be nominated for an Academy Award after having already won one. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for a second time in 2017. See more »


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