May 25, 1970
51 years old
5 ft 2 in | 157 cm tall
39-30-40 in | 99-76-102 cm
66 kg | 145.5 pounds
8 US | 38.5 EU
Octavia Lenora Spencer was born in Montgomery, Alabama, United States, on May 25, 1970, is an American actress.
Young Octavia Spencer first started performing during her years at the Auburn University, Montgomery, in school theater productions.
She made her big screen debut in courtroom crime drama film A Time to Kill (1996) in role as Roark's Nurse.
She got her television debut in Fox drama series 413 Hope St. (1997) in episode "Pilot", in role as Job Counselor #1.
Her breakthrough performance came as Minny Jackson in period drama movie The Help (2011).
She landed her stage debut in a play "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife" (2003) in role as "LaSonia", in Los Angeles.
She won the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Minny Jackson in period drama movie The Help (2011).
She was nominated for the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Zelda Fuller in romantic fantasy drama film The Shape of Water (2018).
She was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Dorothy Vaughan in biographical drama movie Hidden Figures (2016).
Fruitvale Station (2013) romantic drama opposite Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Ahna O'Reilly
The Nines (2007) science fiction psychological thriller with Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis and Melissa McCarthy
Gifted (2017) comedy drama opposite Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace and Lindsay Duncan
Smashed (2012) drama with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul
Get on Up (2014) biographical musical drama opposite Chadwick Boseman, Dan Akyroyd and Viola Davis
Pulse (2006) horror with Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder and Christina Milian
Luce (2019) social thriller drama opposite Naomi Watts, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Tim Roth
The Shack (2017) Christian drama with Sam Worthington, Tim McGraw and Avraham Aviv Alush
Ma (2019) psychological horror opposite Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers and Luke Evans
Black or White (2014) drama with Kevin Costner, Gillian Jacobs and Anthony Mackie
Pretty Ugly People (2008) comedy drama opposite Missi Pyle, Melissa McCarthy and Josh Hopkins
Bad Santa 2 (2016) Christmas black comedy drama with Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks
The Witches (2020) dark fantasy comedy opposite Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci
She voiced The "Corey" Manticore in animated urban fantasy adventure film Onward (2020).
She voiced Mrs. Otterton in animated buddy cop comedy movie Zootopia (2016).
She voiced Dab-Dab in fantasy adventure film Dolittle (2020).
Encounter (2021) sci-fi thriller in role as Hattie, opposite Riz Ahmed, Janina Gavankar and Rory Cochrane
Thunder Force (2021) action comedy in role as Emily, opposite Jason Bateman, Pom Klementieff and Melissa McCarthy
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Madam C. J. Walker in Netflix drama limited series Self Made (2020).
City of Angels (2005) CBS medical drama series in role as Nurse Bernice
The Chronicle (2001-2002) Sci-Fi Channel science fiction series in role as Ruby Rydell
Titus (2001-2002) Fox dark comedy sitcom in role as Ms. Alice Hays
LAX (2004-2005) NBC fictional drama series in role as Flight Attendant
The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (2006-2007) IFC comedy series in role as Cheryl / Female Security Guard
Ugly Betty (2007) ABC comedy drama series in role as Constance Grady
Halfway Home (2007) Comedy Central series in role as Serenity Johnson
Wizards of Waverly Place (2008) Disney Channel fantasy teen sitcom in role as Dr. Evilini
Raising the Bar (2009) TNT legal drama series in role as Arvina Watkins
Mom (2013-2015) CBS sitcom in role as Regina Tompkins
Red Band Society (2014-2015) Fox teen medical comedy drama series in role as Nurse Dena Jackson
She hosted Saturday Night Live in 2017.
Truth Be Told (2019- ) Apple TV+ drama series in role as Poppy Parnell
Graduated from the Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama (1988).
Graduated from the Auburn University, Montgomery (1989) with Liberal Arts bachelor’s degree.
She is second youngest of seven children.
Has two sisters, Rosa and Areka.
Published two books:
"Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective – The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit" (2013)
"The Sweetest Heist in History" (2015)
Good friends with actress Melissa McCarthy.
She has dyslexia.
She won the Producers Guild of America Visionary Award in 2020.
She dated actors Tate Taylor and Josh Hopkins.