Abigail Spencer

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Abigail Spencer
Abigail Spencer 2013 2.jpg
Spencer in 2013
Born Abigail Leigh Spencer
(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981 (age 33)
Gulf Breeze, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Andrew Pruett (2004–2013)
Children Roman Pruett (son)

Abigail Leigh Spencer (born August 4, 1981) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Cowboys & Aliens, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Oz the Great and Powerful and This Is Where I Leave You, and for roles in television series Angela's Eyes, Mad Men, Hawthorne and Suits. She currently stars as Amantha Holden in the Sundance Channel drama series Rectify.

Early life[edit]

Spencer was born and raised in Gulf Breeze, Florida,[1] the daughter of Lydia Ann (Brown) and surfer Yancy Spencer III.[2] She has two brothers, Yancy Spencer IV (born c. 1973) and Sterling Spencer (born c. 1986).

Career[edit]

Spencer's first major acting role was playing Rebecca "Becca" Tyree on ABC soap opera All My Children from June 3, 1999 to April 10, 2001.[3][4] She later starred in Lifetime Television original series Angela's Eyes, which was cancelled on December 1, 2006.[1] In the following years she began playing guest roles on television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, How I Met Your Mother, Private Practice and Castle.

Spencer at the premiere of This Is Where I Leave You in September 2014

Spencer played the role of a blogging enthusiast in Twix advertisements, and portrayed Miss Farrell, a love interest to Don Draper, on AMC's Mad Men in 2009. In early 2011, she landed the lead role on ABC drama pilot Grace by Krista Vernoff.[5] Spencer had previously played the title character in another Krista Vernoff drama pilot Introducing Lennie Rose in 2005.[6] Spencer appeared in a recurring role as Dr. Erin Jameson on TNT series Hawthorne in 2010, and since 2011 has had a recurring role as Dana 'Scottie' Scott, Gabriel Macht's character's old rival, on the USA Network legal drama Suits.[7][8]

Spencer at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards

Spencer has appeared in several films, including In My Sleep (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), This Means War (2012), and Chasing Mavericks (2012), and she played the lead role in The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013).[9] She appeared in fantasy adventure film Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, in 2013.[10]

As of 2013, Spencer has starred as Amantha Holden in the Sundance Channel original drama series Rectify.[11] She was nominated for Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her performance in the series.[12][13][14]

Spencer played the lead role in the indie drama Beautiful Now, written by Daniela Amavia, about a passionate dancer who finds herself considering an extreme act when she reaches a crossroads in her life.[15] She was nominated for a Madrid International Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance in film. In 2014, Spencer appeared opposite Jason Bateman in This Is Where I Leave You, an ensemble comedy directed by Shawn Levy,[16] and starred with John Travolta and Christopher Plummer in The Forger.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Spencer married Andrew Pruett in 2004. The couple have a son named Roman. Spencer filed for divorce in February 2012[19] and, as of 2014, is in a relationship with actor Josh Pence.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Campfire Stories Melissa
2003 Truth and Dare Skye
2005 Fathers and Sons Clarissa
2005 A Coat of Snow Sandy
2006 Hooked Wendy Short film
2007 Passing the Time Jessica Short film
2007 Jekyll Talia Carew
2010 In My Sleep Gwen
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Alice
2012 This Means War Katie
2012 Chasing Mavericks Brenda Hesson
2013 The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Lisa Wyrick
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful May
2013 Kilimanjaro Yvonne
2013 Here and Now Woman Short film
2014 Beautiful Now Romy Nominated - Madrid International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Quinn Altman
2014 The Pieces Vanessa Short film
2014 The Forger
2013 One Heart Amy Hogan
2014 H8RZ Haters Laura Sedgewick
2015 Damascus Cover Kim
2015 Wrong Number Emma Also writer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999-2001 All My Children Rebecca 'Becca' Tyree Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer (2000)
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Becky Lester Episode: "Bite Me"
2005 Introducing Lennie Rose Lennie Rose TV pilot
2006 Killer Instinct Violet Summers Episode: "Love Hurts"
2006 Gilmore Girls Megan Episode: "Bridesmaids Revisited"
2006 Angela's Eyes Angela Henson Lead role, 13 episodes
2007 Ghost Whisperer Cindy Brown Episode: "Speed Demon"
2007, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Blah Blah (Carol)[21] 2 Episodes: "How I Met Everyone Else" and "Gary Blauman"
2008 Welcome to the Captain Claire Tanner Episode: "The Letter"
2008 Bones Phillipa Fitz Episode: "The Man in the Mud"
2008 Moonlight Simone Walker Episode: "Sonata"
2009 Rex Is Not Your Lawyer Lindsey Steers TV pilot
2009 Private Practice Rachel Episode: "Ex-Life"
2009 Mad Men Suzanne Farrell Recurring Role, 6 episodes
2009 Castle Sarah Reed Episode: "One Man's Treasure"
2010 The Glades Ashley Carter Episode: "The Girlfriend Experience"
2010 Hawthorne Dr. Erin Jameson Recurring Role, 8 episodes
2011 Grace Sarah Grace TV pilot
2011-2014 Suits Dana 'Scottie' Scott Recurring Role, 11 episodes
2012-2013 Burning Love Annie 16 episodes
2013–present Rectify Amantha Holden Series regular
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2014)
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Abigail Spencer Biography
  2. ^ "Yancy Spencer III Obituary: View Yancy Spencer's Obituary by the Pensacola News Journal". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  3. ^ "About AMC: About the Actors | Abigail Spencer | All My Children @". Soapcentral.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  4. ^ Abigail Spencer: Biography, TV Guide
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Abigail Spencer To Star In ABC's 'Grace', Several Other Actors Join Pilots". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Breaking News - Development Update: February 17". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  7. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (2011-06-14). "Mad Men Alum Abigail Spencer Lawyers Up for USA Network’s Suits". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  8. ^ Barrett, Annie (2013-09-17). "'Suits' summer finale preview: Who's a bastard? | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  9. ^ The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013), Rotten Tomatoes
  10. ^ Borys Kit (July 5, 2011). "'Mad Men' Actress Abigail Spencer Heads to 'Oz' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  11. ^ Quintet Of Actors Cast In Sundance Channel’s Drama Series ‘Rectify’
  12. ^ Sandra Gonzalez (May 22, 2013). "'American Horror Story' and 'The Big Bang Theory' lead Critics Choice nominees". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  13. ^ "Big Bang, Horror Story, Parks & Rec, Good Wife, The Americans Lead Critics Choice Nominations". TV Line. May 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  14. ^ "2013 Nominations | Categories | International Press Academy". Pressacademy.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  15. ^ 'Oz' Actress Abigail Spencer to Star in 'Beautiful Now' (Exclusive)
  16. ^ Borys Kit (April 3, 2013). "Abigail Spencer Joins Jason Bateman in 'This Is Where I Leave You' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  17. ^ "Jennifer Ehle, Abigail Spencer Join 'Forger'". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  18. ^ "Jennifer Ehle, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer Join ‘The Forger’". Variety. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  19. ^ "'HawthoRNe' Star Abigail Spencer Files for Divorce". TMZ.com. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  20. ^ Estrada, Mario (16 September 2013). "Q & A with Abigail Spencer". hipstamatic.com. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  21. ^ http://tvline.com/2014/03/17/how-i-met-your-mother-season-9-recap-ted-mother-first-date/

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