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A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood's
most sought-after talents,
OCTAVIA SPENCER (Aunt
Honey) has become a familiar
fixture on both television and
the silver screen. Spencer's
critically acclaimed performance
as Minny in DreamWorks
Pictures' Academy Award-
winning The Help won her the
2012 Academy Award, as
well as BAFTA, Golden Globe,
Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice Movie awards,
among numerous other honors for Best Supporting Actress.
Spencer is currently filming Insurgent, the second
installment of Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment's highly
successful Divergent franchise, which is set for release
on March 20, 2015. Portraying Johanna, the leader of
the Amity faction, she stars opposite Shailene Woodley,
Theo James and Kate Winslet.
This summer, Spencer will be seen in the actionadventure
Snowpiercer, opposite Tilda Swinton and Chris
Evans. She recently wrapped production on the drama
Black and White, alongside Kevin Costner; Fathers and
Daughters, with Quvenzhane Wallis, Diane Kruger,
Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul; and
The Great Gilly Hopkins, opposite Sophie Nelisse, Glenn
Close, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover, which is the
adaptation of Katherine Paterson's young adult Newbery
In addition to her busy upcoming slate on the silver
screen, Spencer will make her network television debut
as a series regular this fall on FOX's highly anticipated
drama Red Band Society. From writer Margaret Nagle
(HBO's Boardwalk Empire), Amblin Television and ABC
Studios' Red Band Society is the most unlikely of high
school shows. Employing a generous dose of humor, the
series follows a group of teenagers who meet as patients
in the children's wing of a hospital and become unlikely
allies and friends. Spencer plays Nurse Jackson, the head
nurse in the pediatric ward.
Most recently, Spencer was seen in the indie-drama
Fruitvale Station, which follows 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.
Fruitvale Station won several prestigious awards,
including both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience
Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the
Avenir Prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the
2013 Cannes Film Festival. It was named one of AFI's
Movies of the Year and received nominations for the
2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards and NAACP
Image Awards. Spencer was awarded Best Supporting
Actress from the National Board of Review for her
performance in the film, and received an individual
nomination from the NAACP Image Awards. She also
served as a producer on the film.
Recently, Spencer was seen in Diablo Cody's
directorial debut, Paradise, alongside Russell Brand
and Julianne Hough; and Smashed, an independent film
which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that
also starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paul and Megan
Mullally. She co-starred in the Bryce Dallas Howard directed
segment of Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, an
anthology of five short TV movies focused on various
stories of mental illness. Produced by Jennifer Aniston,
the Lifetime Original Movie event also included
segments directed by Laura Dern, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley
Judd and Sharon Maguire.
Spencer's acting career began with her big-screen
debut in Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill, opposite
Sandra Bullock, in 1996. Since then, she has built a
diverse and impressive resume. In 2009, Spencer was
lauded by ew.com (Entertainment Weekly's web site) for
her comedic timing when she was named on its esteemed
list of The 25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood.
Spencer's extensive feature film credits include
Blues for Willadean, 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, Spider-Man, Big
Momma's House, Being John Malkovich and Never Been
Kissed. In 2008, she directed and produced the short film
The Captain, which was a finalist for the coveted Poetry
Film Documentary Prize at the Chicago International
Children's Film Festival.
For television, Spencer can currently be seen guest-starring
in CBS' Mom, a comedy that centers on a
newly sober mom attempting to pull her life together.
Additionally, she made a memorable guest appearance
in the final season of 30 Rock; starred in Comedy
Central's Halfway Home; and appeared in a fiveepisode
arc as the character Constance Grady on ABC's
hit series Ugly Betty. She has also been seen in guest-starring
roles on shows including The Big Bang Theory,
ER, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: NY, Raising
the Bar, Medium and NYPD Blue.
Among her many other professional achievements,
Spencer 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," was published by
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing in fall 2013.
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and
holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Auburn
University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
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