is an American actress and voice actress. She is best known for her Tony
and Drama Desk Award
-winning stage roles in Tonya in King Hedley II
, Esther in Intimate Apparel
, and Rose Mason Fences.
She is also known and for her roles in the films Traffic
, Antwone Fisher
, and The Help
. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
for her role in the film adaptation of Fences
in which she reprise it from the Broadway play and was nominated for her roles in Doubt
and The Help
For Disney, she voiced Helen Hanshaw on the Disney Junior original series Sofia the First. She also plays Professor Annalise Keating in the ABC TV show, How to Get Away with Murder.
Viola Davis at premiere of The Help in August 2011.
Viola Davis attending the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2015.
Viola Davis speaks at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con.
Viola Davis at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in January 2017.
Viola Davis arrives at the 89th annual Academy Awards in February 2017.
Viola Davis visiting The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in November 2018.
Viola Davis speaks onstage at the 71st annual Emmy Awards in September 2019.