Octavia Spencer stars in "The Help," opposite Emma Stone and Viola Davis, as Minny.

Octavia Spencer is a veteran character actress and one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents for both television and the silver screen.

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 resumé 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 Hollywood."

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: Crime Scene Investigation," "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.




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Age: 45 years old
Birthday: May 25, 1972
Height: 5' 2"
Birthplace: Montgomery, AL
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA


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