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Viola Davis is a critically revered actress of film, television, and theater and has won rave reviews for her multitude of substantial and intriguingly diverse roles. Audiences across the United States and internationally have admired her for her work- including her celebrated, Oscar-nominated performances in The Help (2011), Doubt (2008), and her Oscar winning performance in Fences (2016). In 2015, Davis won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her work in ABC's How To Get Away With Murder, making her the first black woman in history to take home the award. In addition to acting, Viola currently produces alongside her husband and producing partner, Julius Tennon, through their JuVee Productions banner. Together they have produced award-garnering productions across theater, television, and film.



In the 2010s, Davis won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance 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), she won a Screen Actors Guild Award and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. From 2014 to 2020, she played lawyer Annalise Keating in the television 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, she reprised the role of Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2016, she made her debut as Amanda Waller in the DC Extended Universe film Suicide Squad and has reprised the role in subsequent DCEU media. 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-nominated black actress in Oscar history.

She released her memoir, Finding Me (2022), which earned her a Grammy Award for Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling Recording nomination for its accompanying audiobook.

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Viola Davis STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2010
Rose

[Off-Broadway]
2004
Esther

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Tonya

[Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

[Off-Broadway]
1999
Ruby McCollum

[Off-Broadway]
1998
2nd Fisherman/Lychorida/Bawd

[Off-Broadway]
1997
Eleanor

[Broadway]
1996
Vera


Viola Davis Awards and Nominations


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Drama Desk Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Viola Davis, Fences


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New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Special Citations

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actress in a Play

Viola Davis , Fences


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Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Viola Davis, Fences

The Lortels - 2005 - Outstanding Lead Actress

Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel


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Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress - Play

Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel


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Obie Awards - 2004 - Performance

Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress in a Play

Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel


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Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play

Viola Davis, King Hedley II


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actress in a Play

Viola Davis, King Hedley II


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Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Viola Davis, King Hedley II


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Obie Awards - 1999 - Performance

Viola Davis, Everybody's Ruby


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Theatre World Awards - 1996 - Performance

Viola Davis, Seven Guitars

Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Viola Davis, Seven Guitars

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Stephen Mckinley Henderson Will Lead The 2024 Lunt-fontanne Fellowship Program At Ten Chimneys

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Peacock to Stream KUNG FU PANDA 4 Beginning June 21

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Interview: Malachi McCaskil's Bursting on the Ahmanson Stage as Usher in A STRANGE LOOP

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John Oliver to Host Brooklyn Children's Theatre Gala Honoring LaChanze & More

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Victory Black Box Theatre To Host Events For All Ages Throughout April

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Viola Davis FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Viola Davis been in?

Viola Davis has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Viola Davis been in?

Viola Davis has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Viola Davis been nominated for?

Viola Davis has been nominated for several awards throughout her career, including Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Fences," Special Citations at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Fences," Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Fences," Outstanding Lead Actress at The Lortels for "Intimate Apparel," Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Intimate Apparel," Performance at the Obie Awards for "Intimate Apparel," Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Intimate Apparel," Outstanding Featured Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "King Hedley II," Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "King Hedley II," Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "King Hedley II," Performance at the Obie Awards for "Everybody's Ruby," Performance at the Theatre World Awards for "Seven Guitars," and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Seven Guitars."

What awards has Viola Davis won?

Viola Davis has won several awards for her performances in various Broadway plays. These include Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Fences," Special Citations at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Fences," Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Fences," Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Intimate Apparel," Performance at the Obie Awards for "Intimate Apparel," Outstanding Featured Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "King Hedley II," Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "King Hedley II," Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "King Hedley II," Performance at the Obie Awards for "Everybody's Ruby," and Performance at the Theatre World Awards for "Seven Guitars."

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