Aug. 4th, 1981
Gulf Breeze, Florida, USA
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Abigail Leigh Spencer (born August 4, 1981) is an American actress known for having had a leading role in several television series.
Spencer is an accomplished vocalist, she traveled with her church choir to Germany in her freshman year at Gulf Breeze High school. A highlight of her sophomore year was her audition into the Broadway Theatre Project, helmed by 'Ann Reinking'. Along with continuing to study drama and dance, her junior year was spent focusing on student government. It was in her senior year of high school that everything came together for Miss Spencer. Along with choreographing, directing and starring as Rizzo in a local production of Grease.
She was born and raised in Gulf Breeze, Florida, the daughter of Lydia Ann (Brown) and surfer Yancy Spencer III (1950-2011). She has two brothers, Yancy Spencer IV (born c. 1973) and Sterling Spencer (born c. 1986).
Spencer has stated that she is part Cherokee.
Her first major acting role was playing Rebecca "Becca" Tyree on ABC soap opera All My Children from June 3, 1999 to April 10, 2001. She later starred in Lifetime Television original series Angela's Eyes, which was cancelled on December 1, 2006. 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 played the role of a blogging enthusiast in Twix advertisements, and portrayed Miss Farrell, a love interest of Don Draper's, on AMC's Mad Men in 2009. In early 2011, she landed the lead role on ABC drama pilot Grace by Krista Vernoff. Spencer had previously played the title character in another Krista Vernoff drama pilot, Introducing Lennie Rose, in 2005. Spencer appeared in a recurring role as Dr. Erin Jameson on the 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.
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). She appeared in fantasy adventure film Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, in 2013.
As of 2013, Spencer has starred as Amantha Holden in the Sundance Channel original drama series Rectify. 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.
Spencer played the lead role in the indie drama A 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. 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, and starred with 'John Travolta' and 'Christopher Plummer' in The Forger.
In October 2014, Spencer joined the cast of the second season of HBO crime drama series, True Detective.
In 2016, Spencer was cast as lead character Lucy Preston in the NBC series Timeless, where she plays a history professor sent on time travel missions to different eras in an effort to prevent others from disrupting the U.S.-related timestream. A review of the series in Variety called Spencer "prodigiously talented" and that she played "a character whose major personality traits are 'smart' and 'plucky'". A review in Deadline.com said that the show was a waste of Spencer's talents. The New York Times wrote that "Abigail Spencer is good as Lucy, the spunky historian who is the show's central character".
Spencer married Andrew Pruett in (2004) and filed for divorce in (February 2012). The couple have a son named Roman.
In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, Pilate's and dance class.
- Two brothers, Sterling, 13, and Yancy IV, 25, in 1999.
- Friends with _"One Tree Hill" (2003)_ (qv) actress 'Bethany Joy Galeotti' (qv).