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Quick facts about Octavia Spencer Biography
First Name Octavia Lenora
Last Name Spencer
Date of birth August 17, 1970
Birth Place Montgomery, Alabama
Profession Actress, Television Personality, Author
Nationality American
AKA Octavia Spencer
Height 5' 2"
Body Measurement 68 kg
Ethnicity African-American
Religion Catholic
Married No
Education Jefferson David High School
Auburn University

Octavia Spencer Biography

A Golden Globe Award and Oscar Award Winner for supporting actress, Octavia Spencer is best known for her role in “The Help” as Minny Jackson. She is recognized as American actress and author. Her popularity rises to the optimum level after she played Dorothy Vaughan in the drama “Hidden Figures.

Early Life

Octavia Lenora Spencer was born on May 25, 1972, in Montgomery, Alabama. She is the youngest of six siblings. Her mother, Annick Beau was Catholic (French descent), and her father was Jewish. Octavia was raised Catholic and belongs to African-American ethnicity.

She attended Jefferson David High School and graduated in 1988. She took drama classes for two years after graduation until 1989. She joined Auburn University for a bachelor degree in Liberal Arts.

A throwback of 14 years old, young Octavia Spencer and her friend, Vanessa Harris Source: Instgram/Octavia Spencer
A throwback to 14 years old, young Octavia Spencer and her friend, Vanessa Harris (Source: Instagram/Octavia Spencer)


Octavia started her career at the age of nineteen, where she interned in the movie “The Long Walk Home” as Whoopi Goldberg. Then after she debuted in Joel Schumacher’s “A Time To Kill” as a nurse. Since then she has appeared in “Never Been Kissed,” “Big Momma’s House,” “Bad Santa,” “Spider-Man,” “Coach Carter,” and “Pretty Ugly People.”

In 2003, Octavia made a stage debut in Los Angeles in Del Sher’s Play, “The Trials and Tribulation of a Trailer Trash Housewife.” It was her one and only stage performances in play.

She has appeared in television series as a guest artist in” Raising The Bar,” CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Becker, Dharma & Greg and so on. She also appeared in short movie “The Captain” which was honored by the CICFF as the finalist for the “Real Poetry Award.”

Octavia Spencer as DMV employee in “The Big Bang Theory.”
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Octavia was nominated for various awards and was critically acclaimed from the movie “The Help,” where she portrayed the character of  Minny Jackson. She won a BAFTA for best supporting actress for her work in the film.

In 2012, Octavia was awarded the most prestigious honor Oscar Award for the movie “The Help,” directed by Tate Taylor. She got a standing ovation at award function during her speech in Oscar Award Ceremony.

Octavia Spencer receiving Oscar Award in 2012 for best-supporting actress (The Help)
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Personal Life

Octavia, 43 years old, doesn’t have any boyfriend and is currently single. She is focussing on her career only. However, in past years, she was rumored to be dating director of “The Help,” Tate Taylor. She is also a close friend of Josh Hopkins, an American Actor.

Octavia Spencer and Joseph attending Screen Actor Guild Award in 2012
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Octavia Spencer is also an author. She published her book “The Case Of The Time- Capsule Bandit” in 2013. On March 31, 2015, she published another book named “The Sweetest Heist In History.”

Octavia Spencer at the Opening Ceremony of The Oscar

Net Worth

Octavia Spencer has contributed as an  American Actress and television personality.  She is also an author, and her books are sold at average range worldwide. The hard-working actress has net worth approximately $6 million, accumulating salary of $75 thousand per episode in average and other various sources of income.

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