THE SHAPE OF WATER
A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents,
(Zelda Fuller) 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
Spencer most recently was seen in the Academy Award nominated drama HIDDEN
FIGURES alongside Taraji P.
Henson, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner. Spencer's performance as Dorothy
Vaughan has earned her Academy
Award, SAG, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award nominations to date. She can also
currently be seen starring
in THE SHACK, a film based off of the best-selling novel of the same title. She
also co-stars in Marc Webb's
drama GIFTED alongside Chris Evans and Jenny Slate.
Spencer recently recently finished filming SMALL TOWN CRIME, written and
directed by Eshom and Ian
Nelms, and also stars John Hawkes and Anthony Anderson.
Last year, Spencer reprised her role as Johanna in ALLEGIANT, the third
installment of Lionsgate's THE
DIVERGENT SERIES franchise. She also voiced the character of Mrs. Otterton in
the Disney animated film
ZOOTOPIA, one of fastest worldwide grossing films of the year. Last fall, she
co-starred alongside Elisabeth Moss
and Boyd Holbrook in THE FREE WORLD, a drama focusing on a recently released
former convict who becomes
involved with a married woman with an abusive husband that premiered at the 2016
Sundance Film Festival; the
drama FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS with Quvenzhane Wallis, Diane Kruger, Russell Crowe,
and Aaron Paul and THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, the adaptation of Katherine
Peterson's young adult Newberry
Award winning novel. Spencer also reprised her role as Opal in Mark Waters' BAD
SANTA 2, along with Billy
Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates.
In 2014, Spencer co-starred alongside Kevin Costner in the drama BLACK OR WHITE,
which premiered at the
2014 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Previously, Spencer co-starred in
Tate Taylor's GET ON UP, a
chronicle of musician James Brown's rise to fame that also starred Viola Davis
and Chadwick Boseman and the scifi,
action-adventure SNOWPIERCER opposite Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans. Directed by
Bong Joon-ho, the film
followed 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. In 2013, Spencer was seen in
the indie-drama FRUITVALE
STATION which 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. 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.
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, 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 guest starring in the latest season of 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.
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 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 and the second
book, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: Sweetest Heist in History is currently in
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