August 11, 1965
55 years old
5 ft 5 in | 165 cm
37-28-36 in | 94-71-91.5 cm
59 kg | 130 pounds
9 US | 40 EU
Viola Davis was born in Saint Matthews, South Carolina, United States, on August 11, 1965, is an American actress.
Young Viola Davis first started performing during her years of college in school theatrical productions.
She landed her Broadway debut in a play "Seven Guitars" (1996) in role as Vera.
She won two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play for her performances as Rose Maxon in a play "Fences" (2010) and as Tonya in a play "King Hedley II" (2001).
She made her big screen debut in drama movie The Substance of Fire (1996) in role as a nurse.
She got her television debut in police procedural drama series NYPD Blue (1996) in episode "Moby Greg", in role as Woman.
Her breakthrough performance came as Mrs. Miller in drama film Doubt (2008), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
The Suicide Squad (2021) superhero in role as Amanda Waller, opposite Margot Robbie, Idris Elba and John Cena
She won the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rose Lee Maxson in drama film Fences (2016) opposite Denzel Washington.
She was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Ma Rainey in drama movie Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020).
Far from Heaven (2002) period drama opposite Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) drama mystery with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock
Solaris (2002) science fiction drama opposite George Clooney
Antwone Fisher (2002) biographical drama with Denzel Washington
Trust (2010) drama thriller opposite Clive Owen
Prisoners (2013) thriller with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal
Get on Up (2014) biographical drama opposite Chadwick Boseman
Ender's Game (2013) science fiction action with Harrison Ford and Hailee Steinfeld
Lila & Eve (2015) crime drama with Jennifer Lopez
The Help (2011) period drama opposite Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain
Eat Pray Love (2010) biographical romantic comedy drama with Julia Roberts
Blackhat (2015) action techno thriller with Chris Hemsworth
Suicide Squad (2016) superhero in role as Amanda Waller
Widows (2018) drama thriller opposite Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Liam Neeson
Troop Zero (2019) comedy drama in role as Rayleen, with Mckenna Grace and Jim Gaffigan
She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as lawyer Annalise Keating in ABC television drama series How to Get Away with Murder (2014– ).
She played Nurse Lynnette Peeler in medical drama television series City of Angels (2000).
She portrayed Hannah Crane in science fiction-legal drama television series Century City (2004).
Traveler (2007) ABC television series in role as Agent Jan Marlow
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2003–2008) NBC crime drama television series in role as Donna Emmett
United States of Tara (2009) Showtime comedy drama television series in role as Lynda P. Frazier
Attended Central Falls High School.
Studied theater at Rhode Island College.
Attended prestigious Juilliard School for four years.
Has four sisters and a brother.
She is first black actor to won the triple crown of acting Emmy, Tony and Oscar.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard in 2017.
Good friends with Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington.
Lives in Los Angeles.
She married actor Julius Tennon in 2003, they adopted an infant daughter in 2011.