Drawing: Viola Davis

Autographed drawing of actor Viola Davis

Viola Davis is one the most celebrated actors on stage and screen. She is one of only twenty-four people who have achieved the American entertainment industry’s ‘triple crown’, winning a competitive Academy Award, Primetime Emmy and a Tony Award.

The first of her two Tonys was for her role as Tonya, a 35 year-old mother fighting for the right to abort a pregnancy in KING HEDLEY II at the Virginia Theatre in 2001.The second was for her portrayal of the dutiful yet strong minded Rose Maxson, opposite Denzel Washington in the first Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning FENCES at the Cort Theatre in 2010. Both reprised their roles in the 2016 film adaption, directed by Denzel, with Viola winning the Oscar, the BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Her Primetime Emmy was for her lead actress role as criminal defence attorney Annalise Keating in the television series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER in 2015.

She has also won five Screen Actors Guild Awards. Overall, from 213 award nominations she has won 102. Away from acting she is a producer, a published children’s book author and is involved in a number of philanthropic activities and her advocacy and support of human rights.

Viola signed and dedicated my montage sketch at last year’s gala screening of Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS, which opened the 62nd BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL at Cineworld in Leicester Square.

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