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Viola Davis notably starred on-screen opposite Meryl Streep in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, earning Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, and Academy Award nominations; and a National Board of Review award, among other accolades.
She recently won her second Drama Desk and Tony Awards. The two sets of honors recognized her performances in plays by August Wilson; Fences and King Hedley II, under the direction of Kenny Leon and Marion McClinton, respectively. Ms. Davis has previously earned Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations for her Broadway debut in Mr. Wilson’s Seven Guitars, directed by Lloyd Richards. The latter also brought her Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards.
Her performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Lynn Nottage’s play, Intimate Apparel, directed by Daniel Sullivan, brought her Drama Desk, Drama League, Obie, and Audelco Awards as well as a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. Ms. Davis reprised her role at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and was honored with the Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics, and Garland Awards.
Her other stage credits include the title role in Thulani Davis’ play Everybody’s Ruby, at NYC’s Public Theater, winning an Obie Award and receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination, under the direction of Kenny Leon; the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Pericles and As You Like It; the Lincoln Center staging of God’s Heart; and productions by and with the American Conservatory Theatre, the Sundance Theatre Institute, Trinity Repertory Company, the Goodman Theatre, the Guthrie, and the Huntington.
Ms. Davis’ television work includes guest-starring arcs on United States of Tara and Law & Order; Special Victims Unit; series regular roles on Traveler, Century City, and City of Angels; multiple Stone Cold telefilms opposite Tom Selleck; the “Oprah Winfrey Presents” telefilm Amy & Isabelle, directed by Lloyd Kramer; and Debbie Allen’s telefilm Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, opposite Ms. Barrino.
Her many feature films include Ryan Murphy’s Eat Pray Love, opposite Julia Roberts; James Mangold’s Knight and Day; F. Gary Gray’s Law Abiding Citizen; Kevin Macdonald’s State of Play; Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail; George C. Wolfe’s Nights in Rodanthe; D.J. Caruso’s Disturbia; Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center; Jim Sheridan’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’; Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana; Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven, also for Focus Features; and, for director Steven Soderbergh, Out of Sight, Traffic, and Solaris. Her performance in Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Her upcoming movies include David Schwimmer’s Trust, with Clive Owen and Catherine Keener; and the screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help. In the latter, Ms. Davis stars opposite Emma Stone for writer/director Tate Taylor.
A Juilliard School graduate, she also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree from her alma mater, Rhode Island College.