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Viola Davis is an American actress, voice actress, and producer. 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 in Fences. She is also known and for her roles in the films: Traffic, Antwone Fisher, Solaris, Doubt, and The Help. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film adaptation of Fences, in which she reprised it from the Broadway play and was nominated for an Academy Award for her roles in Doubt, The Help, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, making Davis the most nominated Black actress in the Academy history, with four acting nominations and the first Black actress to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress more than once. In addition, Davis is the first Black performer (and the first African-American performer overall) to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting", winning an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards.

For Disney, she voiced Helen Hanshaw in the first season of the Disney Junior original series Sofia the First. She also played Professor Annalise Keating in the ABC TV show, How to Get Away with Murder.

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