24. April 2018 - 11:04 Uhr / Nicky Beaven
The How to get away with Murder Star

Eight Facts About Viola Davis

Viola Davis won an Oscar in 2017 for her performance in "Fences"

Viola Davis won an Oscar in 2017 for her performance in "Fences"

Viola Davis has played Annalise Keating magnificently for four seasons of How To Get Away With Murder so far. The show's producer, Shonda Rhimes, has already made a name for herself with the wildly successful shows Scandal and, of course, Grey’s Anatomy, so it comes as not surprise that her latest offering has also been hugely popular. 

Viola Davis's character Annalise Keating is a criminal defense attorney, who also teaches a course at the fictitious Middleton University in Philadelphia, PA called How to get away with Murder. She picks five of her most promising students to work for her, but, the opportunity is not all it seems, and they get tangled up in a murder investigation. We finished watching the fourth season last month and, while we wait with baited breath to see whether ABC will renew the show for a fifth season, we've collected seven facts about Viola Davis to make the wait a little easier! 

1. Viola Davis first appeared on TV screens in the 1996 film The Substance of Fire alongside Sarah Jessica Parker. 

2. She received the prestigious Tony Award for her performance in the 2001 Broadway play King Hedley II..

3. The actress had a small recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 

4. She was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her performance in the 2008 drama Doubt.

5. In 2011, she was nominated for another Academy Award, this time for her role in The Help, a truly thought-provoking film adaptation of the brilliant novel by the same name, which deals with race tensions in Mississippi in the sixties. 

6. She received yet another Golden Globe nomination for a her performance in How to get away with Murder. 

7. She won an Oscar for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role" in 2017 for her role in Fences.

8. Viola Davis has been married to fellow actor Julius Tennon since 2003 and they have two children together.