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VIOLA DAVIS (Nancy Birch) is a critically acclaimed, award-winning actress who garnered her first Academy Award nomination, as well as Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt," based on his play and starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. She was also recognized by The National Board of Review with their Breakthrough Award, and was honored by the Santa Barbara Film Festival as a Virtuoso. She recently received her second Oscar nomination, along with a Golden Globe Award nomination, this time in the category of Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her portrayal of Aibileen, in Tate Taylor's Oscar-nominated film "The Help," based on Kathryn Stockett's best- selling novel. Davis also received the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role and was honored with numerous Critics Association nominations as well as an Image Award for Outstanding Actress.

Davis will next be seen in the sci-fi action adventure "Ender's Game," with Harrison Ford, releasing in late fall; as well as the two-part drama "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," told from the point of view of two different characters, alongside Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and William Hurt.

Her other feature film credits include "Won't Back Down," starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter and Rosie Perez; "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock; "It's Kind of a Funny Story," with Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham and Zach Galifianakis; "Eat Pray Love," starring Julia Roberts; "Knight and Day," with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz; "Law Abiding Citizen," with Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler; George C. Wolfe's "Nights in Rodanthe," based on the Nicholas Sparks novel and starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere; "Madea Goes to Jail"; "State of Play"; "Disturbia"; the independent film "The Architect"; Jim Sheridan's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," opposite 50 Cent; Stephen Gaghan's "Syriana," starring George Clooney and produced by Steven Soderbergh; the Denzel Washington-directed "Antwone Fisher," for which Davis received an Independent Spirit Award nomination; "Far from Heaven," with Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore; and the Soderbergh-directed films "Solaris," "Traffic" and "Out of Sight."

On the small screen, Davis was most recently seen in a six-episode arc in Showtime's hit series "United States of Tara." Prior to that, she appeared opposite Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack and Rick Schroeder in the miniseries "The Andromeda Strain." Her extensive television credits also include a recurring role on "Law & Order: SVU"; a recurring role in the CBS franchise "Jesse Stone," opposite Tom Selleck; a starring role as Diane Barrino in Lifetime's "Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story"; a starring role in ABC's "Traveler," as Agent Jan Marlow; CBS' "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."

Davis is also a veteran of the stage. In 2010, she returned to Broadway in the highly anticipated revival of August Wilson's "Fences," alongside Denzel Washington. Her performance in the 1987 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play earned her a Tony Award, as well as the Drama Critics' Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award. "Fences" was also honored with the Tony Award for Best Play Revival and was the most profitable theatre production of the year. 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. Her performance earned her the highest honors for an off-Broadway play, including Best Actress Awards from Drama Desk and the Drama League, as well as an Obie and the Audelco Award and a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award. She 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." She also received a Drama Desk Award in recognition of her work.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Davis also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College's Brown University.

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