What Is Octavia Spencer’s Net Worth?

With an expressive face and impressive dramatic range, Octavia Spencer has received accolades from critics and audiences alike. For years, the actress has become familiar to fans by appearing in a wide range of films, from drama to comedy.

The hardworking actress got her big break in the 2011 film The Help, and since then, her career has risen to meteoric heights. 

Spencer’s early career

Octavia Spencer was born in 1972, to a large family in Alabama. She studied English and journalism in college and didn’t turn her interests to acting until well after graduation. She started working in the film business in the mid-’90s and moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to help further her career.

Over the next ten years, Spencer would appear in many films, often in small parts with only a few speaking lines. Some of the films she appeared in during this time include Coach Carter, Spider-Man, A Time to Kill, Big Momma’s House, and Never Been Kissed

In 2008, Spencer made the critics sit up and take notice when she appeared in the Will Smith drama, Seven Pounds. Gradually, she started getting bigger roles, including in big-budget movies like Rob Zombie’s Halloween II and Love at First Hiccup. But it was her part in The Help that would really solidify her status in Hollywood. 

What is her net worth?

Spencer was involved in The Help project even before they started filming. When the audiobook version of the popular novel was released in 2009, she provided the voice for the character of Minny Jackson, the character that she would end up portraying in the film version as well. For the 2011 film, Spencer joined a talented cast that included Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

But it was Spencer that really garnered critical acclaim, and for her impassioned, humorous performance, Spencer was nominated for and ultimately won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

After her Oscar win, Spender was in very high demand as an actress. She appeared in films like Fruitvale Station and Get On Up, a James Brown biopic. In 2014, she worked with screen legend Kevin Costner on the heartfelt drama Black or White, and in 2016, she made a splash when she starred with Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures, a movie about female NASA mathematicians. 

Spencer received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Hidden Figures, followed by an unprecedented nomination the following year for her work in the controversial movie The Shape of Water. Thanks to the success of Spencer’s films, and her dedicated work ethic, her net worth has risen to about $12 million in 2019. 

What’s next for Octavia Spencer?

Octavia Spencer has a busy few years ahead of her. This year, she will be playing the lead role in the Netflix limited series Madam C.J. Walker, a story of the African-American hair care pioneer. Spencer will also star in several big-time films, including The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Onward, The Witches, and The Heart

Spencer has also branched out to explore her talent for writing. She began her very own children’s book series in 2013, called Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective. So far, she has written two books in the series, with more likely to follow. Spencer has more than paid her dues during her long road to success, but now that she’s at the top, she’s likely to stay there.

Her talent, passion for her work, and commitment to always giving it her all have made her one of the most enduring and lovable actresses in Hollywood.