Octavia Spencer


Character: Dr. Nance

A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, Octavia Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as ‘Minny’ in “The Help” won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Broadcast Critic’s Choice Award among numerous other honors.

Most recently, Octavia was seen in “Smashed”; an independent film which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. This upcoming year, she will star in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut “Paradise” alongside Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, the action-adventure “Snowpiercer” with Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans and the indie-drama “Fruitvale.” Produced by Forest Whitaker, “Fruitvale” chronicles the final hours of Oscar Grant’s life, a young man whose death sparked national outrage after video footage of his shooting was released to the public on New Year's Eve 2009. The film premiered to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in addition to winning both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for US Dramatic films.

Octavia’s acting career began with her big screen debut in 1995 in Joel Schumacher’s “A Time To Kill”, opposite Sandra Bullock. Since that time, she has built a diverse and impressive resume and in 2009 was lauded by Entertainment for her comedic timing when she was named to their esteemed list of the “25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood.”

Octavia’s extensive feature film credits include “Fly Paper”, “Peep World”, “Dinner For Schmucks”, “Small Town Saturday Night”, “Herpes Boy”, “Halloween II”, “The Soloist”, “Drag Me To Hell”, “Seven Pounds”, “Pretty Ugly People”, “Coach Carter”, “Charm School”, “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton”, “Bad Santa”, “Spiderman”, “Big Momma’s House”, “Being John Malkovich” and “Never Been Kissed.” In 2009, Octavia directed and produced a short film entitled “The Captain”, which was a finalist for the coveted Poetry Foundation Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

On television, Octavia starred in the Comedy Central series “Halfway Home” and completed a five-episode arc as the character Constance Grady on the hit series “Ugly Betty.” Additionally, Octavia has been seen in guest-starring roles on shows including “The Big Bang Theory”, “E.R.”, “CSI”, “CSI: NY”, “Raising The Bar”, “Medium”, and “NYPD Blue.”

Among her many other professional achievements, Octavia has co-authored an interactive mystery series for children called “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective.” The first title in the series, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit” will be published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in Fall 2013.

Octavia is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.