Viola Davis

Viola Davis is an American actress. Her most well-known role is as Annalise Keating in the TV show How to Get Away With Murder. She was on the show from 2014 to 2020 and won an Emmy Award in 2015 for her work. She's earned Oscar nominations for her roles in Doubt (2008), The Help (2011), Fences (2016) and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020). She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Fences. Davis has also starred in the Broadway productions of King Hedley II (2001) and Fences (2010) and won Tony Awards for both.

Davis married actor Julius Tennon in 2003. The two adopted a daughter in 2011, and Davis is also stepmother to Tennon's two children. She is vocal about fighting childhood hunger and has donated to related causes over the years, citing her own upbringing in poverty as her motivation.
Viola Davis
Full Name
Viola Davis
St. Matthews, South Carolina
Notable Projects
How to Get Away with Murder, The Help


How many Oscars has Viola Davis won?

Viola Davis has won one Oscar. She has been nominated four times and is the most nominated Black actress in the history of the Academy Awards.

Does Viola Davis have an EGOT?

Viola Davis does not yet have an EGOT. She has won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony, but not a Grammy.

Where did Viola Davis go to school?

Viola Davis graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in theater. She then went to Juilliard School.

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