Viola was born in Saint Matthews, South Carolina, but grew up in Central Falls, Rhode Island.
She is married and has two children with husband Julius Tennon who she has been married two since June 23, 2003.
She is 5'7" (1.70 m).
Viola Davis (quest stared as Audrey Williams in "Without a Trace" episode "White Balance") will co-star with Anthony LaPaglia (Jack Malone in "Without a Trace") in the up coming film "The Architect".
Viola won the 2005 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for 'Intimate Apparel.'
Viola: (on why she's not inspired to direct) I can't deal with actors! I can't deal with myself. We're neurotic and miserable... I love doing what I'm doing, but while I'm doing it, I'm miserable.
Viola: We grew up in abject poverty. Acting, writing scripts and skits were a way of escaping our environment at a very young age.