Acclaimed actress of stage, TV and film who won Tony Awards for her performances in King Hedly II and Fences. Her film credits include roles in Antwone Fisher, The Help, and Doubt. In 2014, she began starring as Annalise Keating in the TV series How to Get Away with Murder.
Her roles in Doubt and The Help earned her both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.
She co-starred with Emma Stone in The Help.
Born in South Carolina, she grew up in poverty in Rhode Island. She graduated from Rhode Island College in 1988 and subsequently attended the Juilliard School.
She married actor Julius Tennon in June of 2003. The couple adopted a daughter in 2011.
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