Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

Highest Rated: 98% Zootopia (2016)

Lowest Rated: 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

Birthday: May 25, 1972

Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, USA

Possessing the talent to make even the most minor of roles memorable, Octavia Spencer was a fixture for years on both the small and big screens in supporting roles that called for either a caring nurse or a mouthy blue-collar worker. After making her feature film debut in the crime drama "A Time to Kill" (1996), Spencer went on to appear on such popular programs as "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), and the hit comedy "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010). Spencer's perfect timing and natural sass also helped her land roles in feature comedies such as "Big Momma's House" (2000) and "Beauty Shop" (2005), as well as a breakout role on Comedy Central's "Halfway Home" (2007), appearing as a loudmouthed ex-con who is always picking fights with her housemates. After many years of paying her dues as background or supporting players, Spencer garnered much-deserved praise and an Oscar for her glowing performance in "The Help" (2011), based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel of the same name. She was pitch-perfect as Minny Jackson, a determined and sharp-tongued maid who secretly helps an aspiring writer accurately chronicle the lives of African-American domestics in racially-charged 1960s Mississippi. The high-profile role finally thrust Spencer's talents into the forefront, earning her recognition as a truly multifaceted actress. Roles in films ranging from true-life tale of violence "Fruitvale Station" (2013) to dystopian science-fiction thriller "Snowpiercer" (2013) to animated smash "Zootopia" (2016) followed, as well as a second Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the biopic "Hidden Figures" (2016), highlighting a trio of African-American women whose work helped NASA win the Cold War space race.

Highest rated movies

Snowpiercer
Fruitvale Station
Hidden Figures
The Shape of Water
Luce
Smashed
Instant Family
Get On Up

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quest for Sleep Narrator - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spirited Unknown (Character) - 2022
57% 50% Encounter Hattie (Character) - 2021
21% 22% Thunder Force Emily (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Right to Try Producer - 2021
49% 32% Roald Dahl's The Witches Grandma (Character) - 2020
88% 95% Onward Manticore (Voice) $60.4M 2020
15% 76% Dolittle Dab-Dab (Voice) $77.0M 2020
90% 77% Luce Harriet Carter (Character) $2.0M 2019
55% 64% Ma Sue Ann (Character),
Executive Producer
$45.3M 2019
77% 91% Green Book Executive Producer $85.1M 2018
81% 82% Instant Family Karen (Character) $67.3M 2018
50% 44% A Kid Like Jake Judy (Character) $44.8K 2018
79% 67% Small Town Crime Kelly Banks (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2017
92% 72% The Shape of Water Zelda Fuller (Character) $63.3M 2017
73% 85% Gifted Roberta (Character) $24.8M 2017
21% 76% The Shack Papa (Character) $57.2M 2017
No Score Yet 54% Car Dogs Mrs. Barrett (Character) - 2016
93% 93% Hidden Figures Dorothy Vaughan (Character) $169.3M 2016
23% 34% Bad Santa 2 Opal (Character) $17.7M 2016
65% 69% The Great Gilly Hopkins Ms. Harris (Character) - 2016
50% 53% The Free World Linda Workman (Character) - 2016
11% 41% The Divergent Series: Allegiant Johanna (Character) $66.2M 2016
98% 92% Zootopia Mrs. Otterton (Voice) - 2016
28% 59% Fathers and Daughters Dr. Corman (Character) - 2015
28% 58% The Divergent Series: Insurgent Johanna (Character) $130.1M 2015
No Score Yet 63% B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations Unknown (Voice) - 2015
38% 65% Black or White Rowena Jeffers (Character) $21.6M 2014
80% 68% Get On Up Aunt Honey (Character) $30.5M 2014
94% 73% Snowpiercer Tanya (Character) $4.6M 2013
No Score Yet 62% Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Dr. Nance (Character) - 2013
21% 30% Paradise Loray (Character) $6.0K 2013
42% 55% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Martha (Voice) $68.5M 2013
94% 87% Fruitvale Station Wanda (Character),
Executive Producer
$16.1M 2013
No Score Yet 73% Lost on Purpose Nurse Keller (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 79% Blues for Willadean LaSonia Robinson (Character) - 2012
83% 68% Smashed Jenny (Character) $376.0K 2012
16% 42% Flypaper Madge Wiggins (Character) $1.1K 2011
76% 89% The Help Minny (Character) $169.7M 2011
42% 42% Dinner for Schmucks Madame Nora (Character) $73.0M 2010
No Score Yet 63% Jesus People Angel Angelique (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 17% Herpes Boy Rochelle (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Next of Kin Grace (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 25% Pretty Ugly People Mary (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spleenectomy Nurse (Character) - 2008
64% 61% The Nines Streetwalker (Character) $62.7K 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wannabe Lady Chanet Janney Jones (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 44% Little John Waitress (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 52% Sol Goode Unemployment Clerk (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 80% Follow the Stars Home Hildy (Character) - 2001
30% 57% Big Momma's House Twila (Character) $117.6M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missing Pieces Elegant Guest (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 42% Four Dogs Playing Poker Waitress (Character) - 2000
36% 64% Blue Streak Shawna (Character) $68.2M 1999

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2014-2015 2017 2019 2022
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2015 2017-2019 2021
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018-2019 2021
30% 62% Truth Be Told Poppy Parnell (Character),
Executive Producer
2019-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity IOU: Joyride Guest 2021
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017 2019-2021
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2019 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2012 2015 2017 2020-2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
68% 63% Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker Sarah Breedlove/Madam C.J. Walker (Character),
Executive Producer
2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Party Challenge Guest 2019
92% 55% black-ish Self (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2018
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2017
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2017
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet 83% Mom Regina (Guest Star) 2013-2015
No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 5% The View Guest 2013 2015
59% 86% Red Band Society Nurse Jackson (Character) 2014-2015
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2014
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Shonteeva (Guest Voice) 2013
78% 93% 30 Rock Octavia Spencer (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nate Berkus Show Guest 2011
22% No Score Yet Raising the Bar Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
71% 83% Dollhouse Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
68% No Score Yet Worst Week Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Octavia (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 93% Wizards of Waverly Place Dr. Evillini (Character) 2008
97% 78% Ugly Betty Constance Grady (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 80% CSI: New York Child Welfare Rep (Guest Star) 2005
83% 83% NYPD Blue Dawna Cahill (Guest Star) 2002 2005
27% No Score Yet Presidio Med Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grounded for Life Admitting Nurse (Guest Star) 2001
20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 91% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 100% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Nurse (Guest Star) 2000
74% 85% The X-Files Nurse (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Doctors Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Have & to Hold Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 84% ER Maria Jones (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 100% Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1998