Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress and producer. After graduating from the Juilliard School, she began her career on the stage, and in 1999, she won an Obie Award for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody’s Ruby. She is a three-time Tony Award nominee and has won twice, for her role as Tonya in the 2001 production of King Hedley II, and for her role as Rose Maxson in the 2010 revival of Fences.
In 2003, Davis was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for her performance in Antwone Fisher. In 2008, her performance as Mrs. Miller in Doubt earned her several nominations, including for the Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. For her lead role as Aibileen Clark in the film The Help (2011), she received nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won the SAG Award.
In 2012, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2014, she began starring as Annalise Keating, in the television series How to Get Away with Murder, for which she has received universal critical acclaim. For her work, she won a SAG Award, received a Golden Globe nomination, and in 2015, became the first African-American woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
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