Octavia Spencer Net Worth

How much is Octavia Spencer worth?

Net Worth:$15 Million
Profession:Professional Actress
Date of Birth:May 25, 1970
Country:United States of America
1.57 m

About Octavia Spencer

Octavia Lenora Spencer is an American film and television actress, author, and producer that has starred in over 140 films and television series. Her film debut came in the 1996 drama “A Time to Kill”. After spending nearly a decade of working brief and supporting roles, she landed her breakthrough role in the 2011 drama “The Help”. Apart from that movie, among some of her best and highly praised performances are in the films “Hidden Figures”, “Ma”, “The Shape of Water”, “The Witches”, and “The Shack”.

American actress, author, and producer Octavia Spencer has a net worth of $15 million dollars, as of 2021. Spencer is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

How Did Octavia Spencer Get So Rich?

Landing roles in some of the best-selling films of the 2010s such as “The Help”, “Hidden Figures” and “The Shape of Water” is what made this actress so rich. Beginning in 1997, Spencer has landed many brief and supporting roles in films and television series. Among some of the roles that helped her achieve recognition were in “The 6th Man”, “Being John Malkovich”, “Blue Streak”, and “Big Momma’s House”. Despite failing to receive a lot of fame and praise for her acting, the actress was still able to earn over $50.000 from all of her performances.

1997 also marked her television debut. She took part in the pilot episode of “413 Hope Street”, and then took part in other drama series such as “Moesha”, “ER”, “Brimstone”, and “Chicago Hope” to name a few. In the early years of the new century, she landed supporting roles in “Titus”, “NYPD Blue”, “Ugly Betty”, and “LAX”, where she appeared in a couple of episodes that earned her an additional $20.000. Throughout the 2000s, she continued to land mostly brief to uncredited roles in many popular films such as “Spider-Man, “Legally Blonde”, “Bad Santa”, “Drag Me to Hell”, and “Halloween II”.

Why is she so famous?

Octavia Spencer broke through with her portrayal of Minerva Jackson in the box office hit “The Help”. She was born on May 25, 1970, in Montgomery, Alabama. She is one of seven children and was raised primarily by her mother, Della Spencer, who worked as a maid. Octavia’s father died when she was thirteen. She attended the Jefferson Davis High School, from which she graduated in 1988. She then enrolled at the Auburn University at Montgomery.

Following her graduation from the Auburn University in 1992 with a major in English and a double minor in journalism and theater, Octavia worked as an intern on the set of “The Long Walk Home”, which starred Whoopi Goldberg. Influenced by her friend (and future producer of the film “The Help”) Tate Taylor, she moved to London in the late 1990s to pursue an acting career. Her film debut came in the 1996 drama “A Time to Kill”, where she had a minor role.

What Makes Her So Successful?

Besides being a supporting and leading actress, working as a director for various film and television productions as a director is the reason why Spencer is so triumphant. In 2011, she finally landed her breakthrough role in “The Help”. Starting the 2010s, she finally began receiving major and leading roles in the likes of “The Divergent” and “Percy Jackson” film series, as well as, “Snowpiercer”, “Zootopia”, and “Ma” to name a few.

Her producing debut came in the 2008 documentary “The Captain”. Her other work as an executive producer is in films and series that she also landed leading roles – “Fruitvale Station”, “Small Town Crime”, “Candid”, “Green Book”, and “On Her Own Ground”. Most recently, she became the main star and executive producer of the TV series “Mom”, “Red Band Society”, “Truth Be Told”, and “Self Made”. Outside of the entertainment business, since 2013, Octavia Spencer became an author. Her first book was titled “The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit” and was released in 2013. Two years later, she released her second book titled “The Sweetest Heist in History”.


Octavia Spencer is a world-renowned actress and producer. For nearly 30 years, the star of “Mom” and “Red Band Society” was able to accumulate more than $30 million from her outstanding work in the film industry. Her skills also brought her a lot of glory along the way. As of now, she is the recipient of three Screen Actors Guild Awards, one Golden Globe, one BAFTA, and one Academy Award and has received nearly 80 nominations.

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