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Viola Davis

 
Bio:
Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater 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 several films and television ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater 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 several films and television ... (read complete bio)

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

Photos

From left, Julius Tennon, Viola Davis and Yvette Nicole Brown  Photo

From left, Julius Tennon, Viola Davis and Yvette Nicole Brown

From: 
Date:
06/12/2022
Yvette Nicole Brown, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon  Photo

Yvette Nicole Brown, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon

From: 
Date:
06/12/2022
Viola Davis accepts the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award Photo

Viola Davis accepts the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

From: 
Date:
12/05/2018

 

Stage

Performances
  [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 Biography

Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater 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 several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before winning 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. Davis's film breakthrough came in 2008, when her role as a troubled mother in the film Doubt earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Greater success came to Davis in the 2010s. She won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for playing 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 and won a SAG Award. In 2014, Davis began playing lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama series How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015, she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2016, Davis played Amanda Waller in the superhero film Suicide Squad and its upcoming sequel and reprised the role of Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to receive a BAFTA nomination for starring in the heist film Widows (2018).


Viola Davis Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, Fences
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Special Citations Gold Star
Viola Davis
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis , Fences
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, Fences
 
The Lortels - 2005 - Outstanding Lead Actress
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress - Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
 
Obie Awards - 2004 - Performance Gold Star
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, King Hedley II
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, King Hedley II
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Gold Star
Viola Davis, King Hedley II
 
Obie Awards - 1999 - Performance Gold Star
Viola Davis, Everybody's Ruby
 
Theatre World Awards - 1996 - Performance Gold Star
Viola Davis, Seven Guitars
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Viola Davis, Seven Guitars

Viola Davis News

Disney+ Original Series GENIUS: MLK/X from National Geographic Sets Ensemble Cast Photo Disney+ Original Series GENIUS: MLK/X from National Geographic Sets Ensemble Cast
by Michael Major - Sep 28, 2022

'Genius: MLK/X,' produced by 20th Television, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema: Kelvin Harrison Jr. ('The Trial of the Chicago 7') as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Aaron Pierre ('The Underground Railroad') as Malcolm X, Weruche Opia ('I May Destroy You') as Coretta Scott King, and Jayme Lawson ('The Batman') as Betty Shabazz.

CAP UCLA Presents Branford Marsalis Quartet Next Month Photo CAP UCLA Presents Branford Marsalis Quartet Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Sep 22, 2022

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis and his acclaimed quartet on Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in Royce Hall.

Mike Epps and Rickey Smiley To Perform Live at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov Photo Mike Epps and Rickey Smiley To Perform Live at the Fabulous Fox Theatre Saturday, November 19
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 20, 2022

Fox Concerts has announced comic actor MIKE EPPS will bring his stand up show to the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Friday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. along with comedy legend and entertainment mogul Rickey Smiley.

Acclaimed Director Gina Prince-Bythewood to Attend Fragments Festival's Opening Previ Photo Acclaimed Director Gina Prince-Bythewood to Attend Fragments Festival's Opening Preview of THE WOMAN KING
by Michael Major - Sep 20, 2022

Award-winning director/writer/producer Gina Prince-Bythewood is one of the most versatile storytellers working in film and television. Known for her authentic character-driven work, Prince-Bythewood has directed and written such influential feature films as 'Love & Basketball', 'The Secret Life of Bees' and 'Beyond the Lights.'

Meet the Cast of THE PIANO LESSON, Beginning Previews Tonight! Photo Meet the Cast of THE PIANO LESSON, Beginning Previews Tonight!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 19, 2022

The first Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson begins previews tonight, September 19, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre for its 17-week engagement.  Meet the cast bringing this play back to Broadway!

Special Preview Of THE WOMAN KING Opens Genesis Cinema's Inclusive Fragments Festival Photo Special Preview Of THE WOMAN KING Opens Genesis Cinema's Inclusive Fragments Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 15, 2022

The Genesis Cinema screens everything from huge blockbusters to small indie films, cult classics to modern hidden gems, as well as hosting numerous film festivals, Q&As, premieres and talks ‚Äď and in 2019 as part of the cinema's 20th anniversary year, the Genesis team created and programmed Fragments, their very own film festival.

VIDEO: Hannah Waddingham Talks HOCUS POCUS 2 on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW Photo VIDEO: Hannah Waddingham Talks HOCUS POCUS 2 on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW
by Michael Major - Sep 15, 2022

Hannah tells Jennifer about her exchange with Sheryl Lee Ralph, earlier this week, at the Primetime Emmy Awards, revealing she told her fellow nominee it was Sheryl‚Äôs year to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress category. ¬†Hannah also discusses her upcoming role in the highly anticipated Halloween sequel ‚ÄúHocus Pocus 2‚ÄĚ and how she was fangirling over meeting the original cast.¬†

INTIMATE APPAREL Comes to Weathervane This Week Photo INTIMATE APPAREL Comes to Weathervane This Week
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2022

The Weathervane Theatre will present the acclaimed play Intimate Apparel - a story of identity, vulnerability, and human resilience by two time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Esther is a much sought-after Black seamstress in turn-of-the-20th century Manhattan.

Photos/Video: First Look at THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW Premiere Episode Photo Photos/Video: First Look at THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW Premiere Episode
by Michael Major - Sep 12, 2022

Jennifer Hudson debuts ‚ÄúThe Jennifer Hudson Show,' kicking off her new talk show with a blast from her past! Former ‚ÄúAmerican Idol‚ÄĚ judge Simon Cowell joins the EGOT winner on her premiere episode for their first sit-down conversation since she placed seventh on the singing competition series. Check out photos and videos of the premiere episode!

Interview: Jennifer Hudson Reveals How She Will Honor Broadway Through Her New Talk S Photo Interview: Jennifer Hudson Reveals How She Will Honor Broadway Through Her New Talk Show
by Michael Major - Sep 10, 2022

Jennifer Hudson is gearing up to light up daytime with her new talk show, The Jennifer Hudson Show! Ahead of the premiere, BroadwayWorld spoke with the recent EGOT winner to discuss how Broadway will be featured in the new talk show, her dream guests, what will set her talk show apart from others, and more.

Viola Davis Videos

VIDEO: Hannah Waddingham Talks HOCUS POCUS 2 on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW VideoVIDEO: Hannah Waddingham Talks HOCUS POCUS 2 on THE JENNIFER HUDSON SHOW
by Michael Major - Sep 15, 2022

Hannah tells Jennifer about her exchange with Sheryl Lee Ralph, earlier this week, at the Primetime Emmy Awards, revealing she told her fellow nominee it was Sheryl‚Äôs year to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress category. ¬†Hannah also discusses her upcoming role in the highly anticipated Halloween sequel ‚ÄúHocus Pocus 2‚ÄĚ and how she was fangirling over meeting the original cast.¬†

VIDEO: Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, and Gillian Anderson Talk THE FIRST LADY on CB VideoVIDEO: Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, and Gillian Anderson Talk THE FIRST LADY on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 10, 2022

Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, and Gillian Anderson stopped by CBS Sunday Morning today to discuss their upcoming Showtime series, The First Lady.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for CHADWICK BOSEMAN: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST on Netflix VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for CHADWICK BOSEMAN: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST on Netflix
by Stage Tube - Apr 13, 2021

Boseman's other film roles include 21 Bridges (2019) and Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods (2020). 

VIDEO: Watch the Official Trailer for James Gunn's THE SUICIDE SQUAD VideoVIDEO: Watch the Official Trailer for James Gunn's THE SUICIDE SQUAD
by Stage Tube - Mar 26, 2021

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents An Atlas Entertainment/Peter Safran Production, A James Gunn Film, ‚ÄúThe Suicide Squad.‚ÄĚ The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

VIDEO: AFI Movie Club Celebrates MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM With Director George C. Wol VideoVIDEO: AFI Movie Club Celebrates MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM With Director George C. Wolfe
by Stage Tube - Feb 10, 2021

Domingo accepts the AFI AWARDS honor on behalf of the creative ensemble and introduces the film to the AFI Movie Club audience.

Celebrating Black History Month: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Star in August Wil VideoCelebrating Black History Month: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Star in August Wilson's FENCES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 3, 2021

The first Broadway revival of Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, played at the Cort Theatre for 88 performances and won three Tony Awards- two of which went to its leading actors.

VIDEO: Viola Davis Talks About Playing Ma Rainey on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! VideoVIDEO: Viola Davis Talks About Playing Ma Rainey on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2020

Viola reveals her favorite Christmas song, and talks about the moment she realized she was going to be an actress, her mom inviting 40 extra people to her wedding, her new movie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the late great Chadwick Boseman, getting an amazing note and gifts from Oprah, her ten-year-old daughter’s Christmas list, and her husband’s birthday falling on December 24th.

BWW Exclusive: Michael Potts, Coleman Domingo & Glynn Turman Open Up About the Genius VideoBWW Exclusive: Michael Potts, Coleman Domingo & Glynn Turman Open Up About the Genius of August Wilson and the Arrival of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 17, 2020

The genius of August Wilson is brought to the screen this holiday season with Netflix's star-studded adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Led by Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award winner Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, the film arrives on December 18.

BWW TV: Viola Davis Discusses August Wilson's Legacy in a Clip From GIVING VOICE VideoBWW TV: Viola Davis Discusses August Wilson's Legacy in a Clip From GIVING VOICE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 8, 2020

Viola Davis talks about what August Wilson and his work means to her in this clip from 'Giving Voice,' a new Netflix documentary premiering this Friday.

VIDEO: Watch a First Look at Viola Davis in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM VideoVIDEO: Watch a First Look at Viola Davis in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2020

Viola Davis stars alongside the late Chadwick Boseman in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,' coming to Netflix on December 18th.


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?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Fences , Special Citations (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fences , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Fences , Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for Intimate Apparel , Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Intimate Apparel , Performance (Obie Awards) for Intimate Apparel , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Intimate Apparel , Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for King Hedley II , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for King Hedley II , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for King Hedley II , Performance (Obie Awards) for Everybody's Ruby Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Seven Guitars and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Seven Guitars .

What awards has Viola Davis won?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Fences, Special Citations (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fences, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Fences, Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Intimate Apparel, Performance (Obie Awards) for Intimate Apparel, Outstanding Featured Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for King Hedley II, Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for King Hedley II, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for King Hedley II Performance (Obie Awards) for Everybody's Rubyand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Seven Guitars.