OCTAVIA SPENCER (Minny) is a veteran character actress and
one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents for both television and the silver
Spencer'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 resumÃ© and in 2009 was lauded by
Entertainment Weekly online for her comedic timing when
she was named to their esteemed list of the "25 Funniest Actresses in
Spencer's extensive feature-film credits include "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, Spencer
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, Spencer 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, Spencer 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, Spencer made her stage debut
in Los Angeles in 2003 in Del Shore's award-winning play
"The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife." She also recently
wrapped production on the film version of that play. Additionally,
Spencer has co-authored an interactive mystery book for children called "The
Ninja Detectives," which is currently in development, and she
also voiced the character Minny in the audio version of "The Help."
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and holds a BS in Liberal Arts
from Auburn University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.