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A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents,
OCTAVIA SPENCER (Rowena Jeffers) has become a familiar fixture on both
television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny
in DreamWork's feature film The Help won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA
Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critic's Choice Award
among numerous other honors.
Last summer, she co-starred in Tate Taylor's Get On Up, a chronicle of musician
James Brown's rise to fame that also stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, and
the sci-fi, action-adventure Snowpiercer opposite Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, the film follows a train that holds all remaining
inhabitants on earth after a climate-change experiment wipes out the rest of the
population, and the class system that emerges.
Spencer recently wrapped production on Insurgent, the second installment of
Lionsgate/Summit's highly successful franchise, Fathers and Daughters with
Quvenzhane Wallis, Diane Kruger, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul
and worked opposite Sophie Nelisse, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover in
The Great Gilly Hopkins, the adaptation of Katherine Peterson's young adult
Newberry Award winning novel.
Last year, 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 for US Dramatic films at the 2013
Sundance Film Festival, the Un Certain Regard Award for Prix de l'avenir at the
2013 Cannes Film Festival, was named one of AFI's Films of the Year and received
nominations for the 2014 Spirit Awards and NAACP Image Awards. Octavia 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.
Additional film credits include Diablo Cody's directorial debut Paradise
alongside Russell Brand and Julianne Hough, Smashed; an independent film which
premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Bryce Dallas Howard's directed
segment of Call Me Crazy: A Five Film; an anthology of five short films focused
on various stories of mental illness, 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, Spiderman, Big Momma's House, Being John Malkovich
and Never Been Kissed and A Time to Kill. 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.
Spencer was recently seen in Fox's "Red Band Society," about the most unlikely
of high schools, in which she played Nurse Jackson, the Head Nurse in the
pediatric ward of a hospital. Last spring, Spencer guest-starred in the CBS
series "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 the Comedy Central series "Halfway Home" and
appeared in a five-episode arc as the character Constance Grady on the hit
series "Ugly Betty." Octavia 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 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 in Fall 2013.
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from
Auburn University. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
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