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VIOLA DAVIS (Mayor April Henry) is currently shooting Eat, Pray, Love opposite Julia Roberts for director Ryan Murphy. She is also simultaneously shooting a recurring arc on the Showtime series "United States of Tara,” alongside Toni Collette. Davis recently starred in the critically revered film Doubt, based on the Tony Award-winning play, in the role of Mrs. Miller, mother of a young boy who piques the fascination of a Catholic priest. She shared the screen alongside Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the powerful drama directed by John Patrick Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin. Davis was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. The National Board of Review recognized Davis with the "Breakthrough Award.” She was also honored by the Santa Barbara Film Festival as a "Virtuoso.” 

Davis recently starred in State of Play for director Kevin Macdonald and Madea Goes to Jail for Tyler Perry. Before that, she starred with Diane Lane, Richard Gere and James Franco in the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe, directed by George C. Wolfe. She also made an indelible impression on the big screen with her heart-wrenching performance in Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. 

Additional film credits include a supporting role in Disturbia, starring Shia LeBeouf, for director D.J. Caruso; The Architect, opposite Anthony LaPaglia; Jim Sheridan's Get Rich or Die Tryin', opposite 50 Cent; Syriana, starring George Clooney, directed by Stephen Gaghan and produced by Steven Soderbergh (Davis' fourth collaboration with the Oscar®-winning director after Solaris, Traffic and Out of Sight); and Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven, with Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore. 

Last summer, Davis appeared on the small screen co-starring with Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack and Rick Schroeder in the A&E miniseries "The Andromeda Strain,” which was nominated for an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie. Other television credits include recurring roles on "Law & Order: SVU” and in the CBS miniseries franchise "Jesse Stone” opposite Tom Selleck; a starring role as Diane Barrino in "Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story” for Lifetime; and a starring role in ABC's "Traveler,” playing Agent Jan Marlow. She had roles in "Century City,” "Lefty,” the Steven Bochco series "City of Angels,” Oprah Winfrey's "Amy and Isabelle” and Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Grace and Glorie.” 

In 2004, Davis lit up the stage in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Lynn Nottage's play "Intimate Apparel,” directed by Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan. She garnered the highest honors for an Off Broadway play, including Best Actress awards from the Drama Desk, the Drama League, the Obie and the Audelco Award. She was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award as well. Davis reprised her role at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where she was recognized with the Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics and the Garland awards. 

In 2001, Davis was awarded a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Tonya in "King Hedley II,” a role for which she also received a Drama Desk Award.

Davis is a graduate of The Julliard School and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from her alma mater, Rhode Island College. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Julius Tennon.


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