Octavia Lenora Spencer is an American actress, voice actress, comedian, author, and producer. She is best known for her role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 Touchstone Pictures period drama film The Help. For her role as Minerva "Minny" Jackson, she received a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and was nominated in the same category for her roles as Dorothy Vaughan in the biographical drama film, Hidden Figures and as Zelda Fuller in Guillermo del Toro's romantic dark fantasy film, The Shape of Water. Spencer's other notable roles include Ryan Coogler's biographical drama film, Fruitvale Station, Bong Joon-ho's science fiction action film, Snowpiercer (both films released in 2013), the 2014 biographical musical drama film, Get on Up, Marc Webb's 2017 comedy-drama film, Gifted and Sue Ann in the 2019 thriller film Ma.
For Disney, she played Dr. Evilini in the Disney Channel Original Series, Wizards of Waverly Place and voiced Mrs. Otterton in the 2016 Disney animated feature film, Zootopia, and Corey the Manticore in the 2020 Disney/Pixar film, Onward.
- At the 2012 BAFTA Awards, Spencer and director Tate Taylor talked with Miss Piggy for the latter's Orange Film red carpet show. Piggy told Spencer she was "splendid as "Ringo Starr" in The Help, referring to The Beatles' song "Help!" Going along with the joke, Spencer corrected the pig, saying that she was actually "going more towards John Lennon," and felt as though she must've failed miserably.