Octavia Lenora Spencer (born May 25, 1970) is an American actress best known for her role as Minny Jackson in the Touchstone Pictures film The Help. For the role, she received a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and was nominated in the same category for her roles as Dorothy Vaughan in the biographical drama film Hidden Figures and as Zelda Fuller in Guillermo del Toro's fantasy film The Shape of Water.

For Disney, she played Dr. Evilini in Wizards of Waverly Place and voiced Mrs. Otterton in Zootopia.

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  • At the 2012 BAFTA Awards, Spencer and director Tate Taylor talked with Miss Piggy for the latter's Orange Film red carpet show. Piggy told Spencer she was "splendid as Ringo [Starr]" in The Help, referring to The Beatles' song "Help!" Going along with the joke, Spencer corrected the pig, saying that she was actually "going more towards John [Lennon]," and felt as though she must've failed miserably.