Abigail Spencer

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Abigail Spencer
Abigail Spencer 2013 2.jpg
Spencer in 2013
BornAbigail Leigh Spencer
(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981 (age 33)
Gulf Breeze, Florida, U.S.
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Andrew Pruett (2004–2013)
ChildrenRoman Pruett (son)
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Abigail Spencer
Abigail Spencer 2013 2.jpg
Spencer in 2013
BornAbigail Leigh Spencer
(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981 (age 33)
Gulf Breeze, Florida, U.S.
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Andrew Pruett (2004–2013)
ChildrenRoman 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).


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]

In October, 2014, Spencer joined the cast of the second season of HBO crime drama series, True Detective.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Spencer married Andrew Pruett in 2004. The couple have a son named Roman. Spencer filed for divorce in February 2012.[21]

In September 2014, Spencer along with a number of other celebrities was the victim of a hacking attack on Apple's cloud services suite iCloud, from which personal videos of Spencer's were stolen and leaked to the general public.[22] While some victims of the attack have spoken out about the attack, Spencer has remained silent.



2001Campfire StoriesMelissa
2003Truth and DareSkye
2005Fathers and SonsClarissa
2005A Coat of SnowSandy
2006HookedWendyShort film
2007Passing the TimeJessicaShort film
2007JekyllTalia Carew
2010In My SleepGwen
2011Cowboys & AliensAlice
2012This Means WarKatie
2012Chasing MavericksBrenda Hesson
2013The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of GeorgiaLisa Wyrick
2013Oz the Great and PowerfulMay
2013Here and NowWomanShort film
2014Beautiful NowRomyNominated - Madrid International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2014This Is Where I Leave YouQuinn Altman
2014The PiecesVanessaShort film
2014The Forger
2013One HeartAmy Hogan
2014H8RZ HatersLaura Sedgewick
2015Damascus CoverKim
2015Wrong NumberEmmaAlso writer


1999-2001All My ChildrenRebecca 'Becca' TyreeSoap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer (2000)
2005CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBecky LesterEpisode: "Bite Me"
2005Introducing Lennie RoseLennie RoseTV pilot
2006Killer InstinctViolet SummersEpisode: "Love Hurts"
2006Gilmore GirlsMeganEpisode: "Bridesmaids Revisited"
2006Angela's EyesAngela HensonLead role, 13 episodes
2007Ghost WhispererCindy BrownEpisode: "Speed Demon"
2007, 2014How I Met Your MotherBlah Blah (Carol)[23]2 Episodes: "How I Met Everyone Else" and "Gary Blauman"
2008Welcome to the CaptainClaire TannerEpisode: "The Letter"
2008BonesPhillipa FitzEpisode: "The Man in the Mud"
2008MoonlightSimone WalkerEpisode: "Sonata"
2009Rex Is Not Your LawyerLindsey SteersTV pilot
2009Private PracticeRachelEpisode: "Ex-Life"
2009Mad MenSuzanne FarrellRecurring Role, 6 episodes
2009CastleSarah ReedEpisode: "One Man's Treasure"
2010The GladesAshley CarterEpisode: "The Girlfriend Experience"
2010HawthorneDr. Erin JamesonRecurring Role, 8 episodes
2011GraceSarah GraceTV pilot
2011-2014SuitsDana 'Scottie' ScottRecurring role, 11 episodes
2012-2013Burning LoveAnnie16 episodes
2013–presentRectifyAmantha HoldenSeries 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)
2015True DetectiveAliciaRecurring role


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  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’". Deadline. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  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. ^ Borys Kit (1 March 2013). "'Oz' Actress Abigail Spencer to Star in 'Beautiful Now' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  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. ^ "'True Detective' Adds Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby and Leven Rambin - TheWrap". TheWrap. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Advertisement - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "'HawthoRNe' Star Abigail Spencer Files for Divorce". TMZ.com. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  22. ^ Mark Wayne Eubank (24 September 2014). "Nude Videos Of 'Suits' Star Abigail Spencer Circulating". International Business Times. 
  23. ^ "‘How I Met Your Mother’ Season 9 Recap — Ted/The Mother First Date - TVLine". TVLine. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 

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