by | Oct 2, 2015 | Past Celebrity Honorees

Congratulations to Abigail Spencer!

LA Femme 2015 New Establishment Award

Abigail Spencer


A talented actress, writer and producer on both the big and small screen, Abigail Spencer is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood.

Spencer had roles in two of summer 2015’s most gripping TV dramas. She played ‘Gena Brune’ in the second season of HBO’s, “True Detective;” and continued her starring role as ‘Amantha Holden’ in season three of the Sundance Channel’s Peabody Award winning show “Rectify.” It was also recently announced that “Rectify” has been renewed for a fourth season premiering in 2016. Spencer’s portrayal of ‘Amantha Holden’ garnered rave reviews and a Critics Choice Television Award nomination in the category of “Best Supporting Actress in a Drama” in 2013. The show has also been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Mini-series and Specials.” The series follows a man who must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

Previous television credits include multi-episode arcs on the USA hit series “Suits,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital” and “NTSF:SVU;” as well as E!’s cult comedy “Burning Love,” a scripted comedy-web spoof on the television shows, “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” among others.

Following the success of her 2013 short film she produced & starred in “Here and Now” (which was selected by Ron Howard as the winner of Canon’s “Project Imagination” film contest), Spencer is reteaming with Student Oscar winning director Julian Higgins & partners Josh Pence and Justin Allen for the film, “Winter Light”; produced under her Innerlight Films umbrella she co-runs with “Anomolisa” director Duke Johnson. “Winter Light” is a modern-day revisionist Western set against the sweeping backdrop of the snow-covered Montana wilderness. Spencer has also co-written a TV pilot script, “Teach,” that is on the coveted 2015 WriteHer list.

Spencer recently wrapped production on the indie drama, “The Sweet Life,” starring opposite Chris Messina. She also stars in the indie film, “A Beautiful Now,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2015. The film tells the story of a passionate dancer who finds herself mulling over an extreme act when she reaches a crossroads in her life.  Her other big screen credits include: “The Forger;” “Oz, the Great and Powerful;” “This Is Where I Leave You;” “Chasing Mavericks;” “Kilimanjaro;’ “The Haunting in Connecticut 2;” “This Means War” and “Cowboys and Aliens.”

Spencer spent many summers studying under mentor, Ann Reinking, at the Broadway Theatre Project. She was later accepted into Carnegie Mellon University.

Spencer is from Gulf Breeze Florida, where she spent her youth surfing with her family.