Viola Davis


Date Of Birth

August 11, 1965


African American actress Viola Davis was born in St. Matthews, South California on August 11, 1965. Her parents instilled the importance of education when she was still young, so despite her busy work schedule, she was able to take weekend classes and tutorials. Davis' work is mostly concentrated on theatre and television. She was given a Tony Award in 2001 for her performance in the Broadway production of King Hedley II. Her television credits include NYPD Blue and Judging Amy. Davis also appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film Traffic. Her most notable roles on television include Agent Jan Marlow on Traveler, Nurse Lynnette Peeler on City of Angels, Donna Emmett on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Lynda P. Frazier on United States of Tara. At present, she stars as Annalise Keating on the series How to Get Away with Murder.

Place of Birth

Saint Matthews, South Carolina, USA

Birth Name

Viola Davis




2014 How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series)
2014 Get on Up
2014 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
2013 Ender's Game
2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
2013 The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
2013 Prisoners
2013 Sofia the First (TV Series)
2013 Beautiful Creatures
2012 Won't Back Down
2011 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
2011 The Help
2010 The Unforgiving Minute (Short)
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story
2010/I Trust
2010 Eat Pray Love
2010 Knight and Day
2010 United States of Tara (TV Series)
2009 Beyond All Boundaries (Short)
2009 Law Abiding Citizen
2009 State of Play
2009 Madea Goes to Jail
2008/I Doubt
2003-2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
2008 Nights in Rodanthe
2008 Brothers & Sisters (TV Series)
2008 The Andromeda Strain (TV Mini-Series)
2007 Fort Pit (TV Movie)
2007 Traveler (TV Series)
2007 Jesse Stone: Sea Change (TV Movie)
2007 Disturbia
2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (TV Movie)
2006 World Trade Center
2006 Without a Trace (TV Series)
2006 Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (TV Movie)
2006 The Architect
2006 Jesse Stone: Night Passage (TV Movie)
2006 Laws of Chance (TV Series)
2005 Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (TV Movie)
2005 Syriana
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin'
2005 Threshold (TV Series)
2004 Century City (TV Series)
2003 The Practice (TV Series)
2003 Hack (TV Series)
2002 Father Lefty (TV Movie)
2002 Solaris
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
2002 Antwone Fisher
2002 Far from Heaven
2002 The Division (TV Series)
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
2001 Kate & Leopold
2001 Third Watch (TV Series)
2001 The Guardian (TV Series)
2001 Providence (TV Series)
2001 The Shrink Is In
2001 Amy & Isabelle (TV Movie)
2000 Traffic
2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
2000 Judging Amy (TV Series)
1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
1998 Out of Sight
1998 The Pentagon Wars (TV Movie)
1996 New York Undercover (TV Series)
1996 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
1996 The Substance of Fire


5' 5" (1.65 m)


"The thing about the African-American community compared with the white community is, we are more concerned with image and message than execution. I don't play roles that are necessarily attractive or portray a positive image. They are well-rounded characters. When you squelch excellence to put out a message it's like passing the baton and seeing it drop."

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