Viola Davis Net Worth 2024: Income, Salary, Career, Bio

Viola Davis is an American actress who has a net worth of $25 million. She is well renowned for becoming the first “African-American actress” to win the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards.

Davis is also well-known for her human rights work and support for women and women of color. Between 2019 and 2020, she earned nearly $15 million, making her one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

Viola Davis’ Net Worth (2024)

Net Worth$25 Million
NameViola Davis
Country Of OriginUnited States Of America
Age59 Years Old
Annual Income & Salary$3 Million + (Per Year)
Last Updated2024

Viola Davis’ Net Worth Growth

Net Worth in 2024$25 Million
Net Worth in 2023$23 Million
Net Worth in 2022$22 Million
Net Worth in 2021$19 Million
Net Worth in 2020$16 Million

Early Life and Education

Viola Davis was born on August 11, 1965, in St. Matthews, South Carolina, to Mae Alice Davis, a maid, factory worker, and homemaker, and Dan Davis, a horse trainer. She has five siblings.

Davis was detained with her mother at a civil rights protest when she was two years old. Davis is a second cousin of actor Mike Colter, who is best known for playing Marvel Comics’ Luke Cage.

Davis went to Central Falls High School, and she credits her interest in the arts in part to her love of theatrical acting. Davis was a TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Student Support Services participant as a teenager.

She was a member of the Drama Division’s “Group 22” (1989–93) throughout her four years at the Juilliard School. Davis majored in drama and was a member of the National Student Exchange program at Rhode Island College.

Davis’s potential was spotted by a director of the program, Bernard Masterson, while he was enrolled at the Young People’s School for the Performing Arts in West Warwick, Rhode Island.


  • Davis spent $5.7 million in 2016 for an opulent mansion in Toluca Lake


Viola’s initial paying acting debut was in the 1996 film “The Substance of Fire,” in which she performed a small role. In 2001, Viola Davis earned her first Tony Award for her role as Tonya in “King Hedley II” on Broadway.

In 2004, she starred in the off-Broadway production “Intimate Apparel.” In “Antwone Fisher,” she played a minor role. “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Kate & Leopold,” “Traveler,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Century City” are a few she appeared in.

She appeared in a number of films, including “Traffic,” “Out of Sight,” and “Syriana.” She also starred in the film “Far From Heaven,” which is regarded as her most notable performance.

Despite starring in only one scene in the film “Doubt,” she received multiple award nominations for her performance. Viola resurfaced onstage in 2010, winning a Tony Award for her performance in “Fences.”

She starred in “The Help” in 2011, a film that had a special value for her family. In 2014, she starred in the movie “Get On Up.” She starred in the TV show “How to Get Away With Murder” for which she received an Emmy nomination.

In 2017, Davis was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She’s also appeared in “Suicide Squad” and “Custody,” among other films. She appeared in the film “Widows” and the documentary “Two-Sides” in 2018.

She also starred in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” a film. “Two-Sides” was released as a documentary. She worked as an executive producer in the documentary “Giving Voice” in 2020.

Davis was cast as former First Lady Michelle Obama in a one-hour drama series named The First Lady for Showtime in 2020, and she will also serve as an executive producer for the series, which premiered in 2022.

Davis starred in the drama film The Unforgivable in 2021, as well as in the superhero blockbuster The Suicide Squad, reprising her role as Amanda Waller. She and her husband are the co-founders of JuVee Productions.

Viola Davis‘ Biography

Real NameViola Davis
Nick NameViola
Age59 Years Old
HeightIn Feet –  5 Feet 5 Inches
In Meters – 1.65 m
In Centimeters – 165 cm
WeightIn Kilograms – 80 Kg
In Pounds – 176.37 lbs
FamilyFather – Dan Davis
Mother – Mae Alice Davis
Sisters – N/A
Husband Julius Tennon 
Children’s Genesis Tennon

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  • First black actress to win an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Awards and Nominations

To date, Viola Davis has received 139 accolades and 309 nominations for her work as an actress and producer, including 1 Academy Award, 1 British Academy Film Award, 1 Golden Globe Award, 1 Primetime Emmy Award, 6 Screen Actors Guild Award, 2 Tony Awards, and many more.

Personal Life

In 2003, Viola Davis wedded actor Julius Tennon. The pair adopted a baby girl in 2011. Viola Davis is also Tennon’s stepmother, with two children from prior relationships.

Activism and Charity

Viola Davis gave money to her hometown public library in Rhode Island in 2011 to help save it from closing owing to a lack of city financing for its theatrical department.

Davis has worked with the Hunger Is campaign to end childhood hunger in America since 2014, and she co-founded the $30K in 30 Days Project with Hunger Is in 2017, awarding a $1,000 grant to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

She was present at the groundbreaking of a free community health facility supported by the initiative in Central Falls, Rhode Island, in 2016. She also gave a speech during the Los Angeles Women’s March in 2018.


As of 2024, Viola Davis’ net worth is estimated to be $25 million. She is an American actress who has gained critical popularity for a wide range of notable and interesting roles in television, and cinema.

Viola Davis has a long list of credits as a producer in addition to her acting career. She is also a human rights activist who is concerned about topics such as child starvation.

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