Octavia Spencer Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
Also Known For :
Birth Place :
Birth Element :
Octavia Spencer was born on May 25, 1972. She is an American actress. She is also an author. Octavia is renowned for being the first black actress to receive two consecutive nominations. She is also one among the two black actresses to win three Academy Awards. She is currently Forty-six years old.
Octavia Spencer was born Octavia Lenora Spencer on May 25, 1972, in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. She was born to Mr. Spencer and Dellsena Spencer. She was brought up alongside six siblings. She later joined Jefferson Davis High School. In 1988, she graduated. She then joined Auburn University, Montgomery to pursue English and a double minor in journalism and theatre. She later graduated.
In the Beginning
Octavia Spencer started her career as an intern on the onset of the film ‘The Long Walk Home.’ She later moved to Los Angeles. In 1996, she appeared in her very first film ‘A Time to Kill’ as Roark’s nurse. In 1997, she appeared in the films ‘The 6th Man’ as Nativity Watson and ‘Sparkler’ as Wanda. She also appeared in the television series ‘413 Hope St.’.
In 1998, she appeared in the television series ‘Moesha’ as Gloria, ‘To Have & to Hold’ as a clerk and in ‘ER’ as Maria Jones. In 1999, she appeared in the films ‘Being John Malkovich’ as a Woman in Elevator, ‘Never Been Kissed’ as Cynthia and ‘Blue Streak’ as Shawna. She also appeared in television series such as ‘Lansky,’ ‘L.A. Doctors,’ ‘Chicago Hope,’ ‘Roswell’ and ‘The X-Files’.
In 2000, she appeared in the films ‘The Sky Is Falling’ as Nurse No. 2, ‘Everything Put Together’ as Nurse B, ‘American Virgin’ as Agnes Larges, ‘What Planet Are You From?’ as Baby Nurse, ‘Auto Motives’ as Rhonda, ‘Big Momma’s House’ as Twila and in ‘Four Dogs Playing Poker’ as a waitress. She also appeared in the television series ‘Missing Pieces’, ‘Just Shoot Me!’, ‘Becker,’ ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ and in ‘City of Angels.’
In 2001, Octavia Spencer appeared in the films ‘Sol Goode’ as an unemployed Clerk and ‘The Journeyman’ as Black Belly. She also appeared in the television series ‘Grounded for Life,’ ‘Follow the Stars’ and in ‘Dharma &Greg.’ She also appeared in the television series ‘The Chronicle’ and ‘Titus’ as Ruby Rydell and Ms. Alice Hays respectively; she played these roles until 2002. In 2002, she appeared as a check-in Girl in ‘Spider-Man.’ She also appeared in the television series ‘Little John’ and ‘Presidio Med.’ She also appeared in the series ‘NYPD Blue’ as Dawna Cahill and Eleanor Jackson, a role she played until 2005.
Career Post 2003
In 2003, Octavia Spencer made her last stage performance by appearing in ‘The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.’ She later appeared in the films ‘Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde’ as a security guard, ‘S.W.A.T’ as a neighbor n Alley, ‘Chicken Party’ as Laqueta Mills and ‘Bad Santa’ as Opal. In 2004, she featured in the films ‘Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!’ as Janine and in ‘Breakin’ All the Rules’ as a stylist. She also featured in the television series ‘LAX’ as a Flight attendant, a role she played until 2005.
In 2005, she appeared in ‘Coach Carter’ as Mrs. Battle, ‘Pretty Persuasion’ as the woman, ‘Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School’ as AyishaLebaron, ‘Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous’ as Octavia, ‘Beauty Shop’ as the big customer and in ‘Wannabe’ as lady Channel and Janney Jones. She also appeared in the series ‘CSI: NY’ and ‘Medium.’
In 2006, Octavia Spencer appeared as a Landlady in the film ‘Pulse.’ She also appeared in the television series ‘Huff’ as Demetria, ‘Standoff’ as Rapid Air Clerk and in ‘The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman’ as Cheryl a female security guard, a role she played until 2007. In 2007, she appeared as a streetwalker in ‘The Nines.’
She also appeared in the television series ‘Ugly Betty’ as Constance Grady and in ‘Halfway Home’ as Serenity Johnson. In 2008, she appeared in the films ‘Next of Kin’ as Grace, ‘Pretty Ugly People’ as Mary, ‘The Spleenectomy’ as a Nurse and in ‘Seven Pounds’ as Kate. She also appeared in the television series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place,’ ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory.’
In 2009, Octavia Spencer appeared in the films ‘The First Time’ as Mrs. Hambrick, ‘Drag Me to Hell’ as a bank co-worker no. 1, ‘Jesus People: The Movie’ as Angel Angelique, ‘The Soloist’ as a troubled woman, ‘Just Peck’ as Detention room teacher, ‘Halloween II’ as Nurse Daniels, ‘Herpes Boy’ as Rochelle and in ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ as Rhonda Dooley. She also appeared in the series ‘Worst Week’, ‘Dollhouse’ and ‘Raising the Bar.’
Career Post 2009
In 2010, Octavia Spencer appeared as Madame Nora in the film ‘Dinner for Schmucks.’ She also appeared in the television series ‘Hawthorne’ as Emily Thompkins. In 2011, she appeared in the films ‘The help’ as Minny Jackson, ‘Peep World’ as Allison and in ‘Flypaper’ as Madge Wiggins. In 2012, she appeared in the films ‘Blues for Willadean’ as LaSonia Robinson and in ‘Smashed’ as Jenny.
The following year, she appeared in the film ‘Fruitvale Station’ as Wanda, ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ as Martha, ‘Snowpiercer’ as Tanya and in ‘Paradise’ as Loray. She also appeared in the television Series ’30 Rock’ as herself, ‘American Dad!’ as Shonteevea’s voice, ‘Call Me Crazy: A Five Film’ as Dr. Nance and in ‘Mom’ as Regina, a role she played until 2015. In 2014, she featured as Aunt Honey Washington in ‘Get On Up.’ She also appeared in the television series ‘Red Band Society’ as Nurse Dena Jackson, a role she played until 2015.
In 2015, Octavia Spencer appeared in the films ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins’ as Miss Harris, ‘Black or White’ as Rowena Jeffers, ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ as Johanna Reyes and in Fathers and Daughters’ as Dr. Korman. She also featured in the television series ‘Drunk History’ as Harriet Tubman.’ In 2016, she featured in the films ‘Zootopia’, ‘The Divergent Series: Allegiant,’ ‘The Free World,’ ‘Bad Santa 2’ and ‘Hidden Figures.’
In 2017, she appeared in the films ‘The Shack’, ‘Small Town Crime,’ ‘Gifted’ and ‘The Shape of Water.’ She later hosted the television show ‘Saturday Night Live.’ In 2018, she appears in ‘A Kid Like Jake’ and ‘Instant Family.’She is set to appear in the films ‘Luce’ and ‘Ma’ in 2019. In 2020, she will feature in the film ‘The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle.’
Awards and Achievements
Octavia Spencer was nominated three times in a row for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She emerged victorious in one of them. She also emerged victorious in three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Octavia also emerged victorious in three National Board of Review Awards. She also won two Satellite Awards. She also won two Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Octavia received the Golden Globe Award as well as the BAFTA Award.
Octavia Spencer is currently Forty-Six years old.