Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress and producer. The recipient of numerous accolades, Davis is one of the few performers to have been awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony (EGOT); additionally, she is the sole African-American to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting as well as the third person to achieve both statuses. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017, and in 2020, The New York Times ranked her ninth on its list of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Davis began her career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, appearing in small stage productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played minor roles in film and television in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before earning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the 2001 Broadway production of August Wilson's King Hedley II. Her film breakthrough came with her role as a troubled mother in the drama Doubt (2008), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Davis won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxson in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's play Fences. For starring as a 1960s housemaid in the comedy-drama The Help (2011), Davis received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. From 2014 to 2020, she played lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC drama series How to Get Away with Murder, for which she became the first black actress to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015. In 2016, Davis reprised the role of Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played Amanda Waller in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Suicide Squad (2016). In 2020, she portrayed Ma Rainey in the biopic Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, for which she received a fourth Academy Award nomination, becoming the most-Oscar-nominated black actress. Her performances in Widows (2018) and The Woman King (2022) earned her further nominations for the BAFTA Best Actress Award, making her the most-BAFTA-nominated black actress. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are founders of a production company, JuVee Productions. Davis is also widely recognized for her advocacy and support of human rights and equal rights for women and women of color. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017 and became a L'Oréal Paris ambassador in 2019. The audiobook narration of her 2022 memoir Finding Me earned Davis a Grammy Award in 2023.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Saint Matthews, South Carolina, USA
    Birthday
    11 August 1965
Custody
Custody
7
Lila & Eve
Lila & Eve
6
Won't Back Down
Won't Back Down
6.1
Widows
Widows
6.491
A Touch of Sugar
A Touch of Sugar
0
The Woman King
The Woman King
7.711
Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event
Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event
7.5
Miss Apprehension and Squirt
0
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise
6.9
The Help
The Help
8.203
The Architect
The Architect
5.9
Fences
Fences
6.877
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
0
Troop Zero
Troop Zero
6.9
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story
6.5
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
6.675
The Unforgivable
The Unforgivable
7.457
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: A Legacy Brought to Screen
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: A Legacy Brought to Screen
6
Giving Voice
Giving Voice
6.3
Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist
Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist
8.5
Solaris
Solaris
5.893
Stone Cold
Stone Cold
6.9
Jesse Stone: Night Passage
Jesse Stone: Night Passage
6.9
The Pentagon Wars
The Pentagon Wars
6.955
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
6.7
Nights in Rodanthe
Nights in Rodanthe
6.3
Doubt
Doubt
7.192
Knight and Day
Knight and Day
6.197
Ender's Game
Ender's Game
6.592
Amy & Isabelle
Amy & Isabelle
9
Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures
6.011
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
6.2
Get on Up
Get on Up
6.8
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
6.975
Blackhat
Blackhat
5.472
It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's Kind of a Funny Story
6.979
Far from Heaven
Far from Heaven
7
Trust
Trust
6.565
The Shrink Is In
The Shrink Is In
5.1
Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad
5.91
Air
Air
7.368
Doubt: Stage to Screen
Doubt: Stage to Screen
7
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
6.767
Eat Pray Love
Eat Pray Love
6.235
Prisoners
Prisoners
8.095
The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad
7.551
Madea Goes to Jail
Madea Goes to Jail
6.6
Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil
6.9
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
6.7
Beyond All Boundaries
Beyond All Boundaries
6.7
Grace & Glorie
Grace & Glorie
7
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
7.283
Disturbia
Disturbia
6.689
Antwone Fisher
Antwone Fisher
6.888
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times"
6
The Substance of Fire
The Substance of Fire
6.3
Jesse Stone: Sea Change
Jesse Stone: Sea Change
7
Out of Sight
Out of Sight
6.672
Love, Marilyn
Love, Marilyn
6.5
State of Play
State of Play
6.792
World Trade Center
World Trade Center
6.14
Law Abiding Citizen
Law Abiding Citizen
7.375
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal
6.1
Kate & Leopold
Kate & Leopold
6.326
Traffic
Traffic
7.05
Syriana
Syriana
6.42
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays
0
On Broadway
On Broadway
8.7
Black Adam
Black Adam
6.993
Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Eleven
7.433