Abigail Leigh Spencer is an American actress who works in television as well as in films. She became popular with her roles in the drama series 'Rectify’ as well as the sci-fi series 'Timeless'. A native of Gulf Breeze, Florida, she made her acting debut with a role in the soap opera 'All My Children'. Her performance won her a 'Soap Opera Digest Award' for Outstanding Female Newcomer. Over the next few years, she mostly played guest roles in several TV shows. She earned appreciation for her role of Dr. Erin Jameson in the television series 'Hawthorne'. Slowly with the help of her dazzling looks and amazing acting skills, she managed to grow a huge fan following. She made her film debut when she was around the age of twenty, playing a role in the film 'Campfire Stones'. Other films she has appeared in include 'Jekyll', 'This Means War' and 'Chasing Mavericks'. She earned a nomination for the 'Madrid International Film Festival Award' for her role in the film 'Beautiful Now'. Her most recent work in television is the lead role of history professor Lucy Preston in the sci-fi TV series 'Timeless'. The show has been appreciated by critics and Spencer's role has earned her a nomination for the ‘Teen Choice Award’.
Childhood & Early Life
Abigail Leigh Spencer was born on 4th August 1981 in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Her parents are Yancy Spencer III, a professional surfer, and Lydia Ann. They have two other children, Yancy Spencer IV and Sterling Spencer. Abigail was raised in her hometown.
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Abigail Spencer made her acting debut in 1999, in the soap opera ‘All My Children’. She played the role of Becca for nearly two years. Her performance won her the ‘Soap Opera Digest Award’ for Outstanding Newcomer.
She made her film debut in 2001 in the movie 'Campfire Stories'. Over the next few years she appeared in some other movies, as well as played guest roles in TV shows such as 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' and 'Killer Instinct.' In 2006, she played the lead role in the TV series 'Angela's Eyes'. The show was cancelled after one season.
She starred in several films such as ‘Jekyll’ and 'In My Sleep". In 2009, she played a small role in a few episodes of the drama series 'Mad Men'.
She gained appreciation for her role in the medical drama series 'Hawthorne', where she portrayed Dr. Erin Jameson. She next appeared in several episodes of the legal drama series 'Suits'.
In 2013, she started appearing in a main role in the American drama series ‘Rectify’. The series received critical acclaim and got her nominated for two awards as well. Meanwhile she also continued her work on the big screen, appearing in films such as ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ (2011), ‘Chasing Mavericks’, (2012) and ‘Beautiful Now’ (2014).
Spencer appeared in the second season of the crime drama series ‘True Detective’. The series, which has been airing since 2014, is a huge success, and has won multiple Emmy Awards. It has also been positively received by critics.
Since 2016, she has been playing the lead role in the sci-fi TV series ‘Timeless’. It has been positively received by critics and has been nominated for several awards out of which it has won a ‘Rocky Award’. Her latest works on the big screen include ‘The Forger’ (2014), ‘H8RZ’ (2016) and ‘The Sweet Life’ (2016).
‘Cowboys and Aliens’, a 2011 American sci-fi film, is one of the most significant movies in Abigail Spencer’s career. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau, tells the story of three people who attempt to save the people of a town from aliens. The film is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. The cast included Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano and Clancy Brown. Spencer portrayed a former lover of the lead character Jake, played by Craig.
She played an important role in the 2012 biographical drama film ‘Chasing Mavericks’. Directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted, the film was about American surfer Jay Moriarity. Along with Spencer, the cast included John Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Leven Rabin and Greg Long. The film received mixed reviews.
Spencer played one of the main roles in the American drama series ‘Rectify’, created by Ray McKinnon. The series was about the life of a man who is released from prison after he spent twenty years for a wrongful conviction. The series earned critical acclaim. Spencer also received multiple nominations for her performance.
She played the lead role in the sci-fi time travel drama series ‘Timeless’. Created by Eric Kripke, the series starred her as a history professor, who along with a soldier and an engineer team up to capture someone who is planning to rewrite American history. The series received positive reviews and also earned Spencer a nomination for the ‘Teen Choice Award’.
Awards & Achievements
Abigail Spencer has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. Her role in the soap opera ‘All My Children’, earned her the ‘Soap Opera Digest Award’ for Outstanding Female Newcomer in 2000.
She got married to Andrew Pruett in 2004. In 2008, they had a son whom they named Roman. In 2012, Spencer filed for divorce.
Abigail Spencer’s estimated net worth is $2.75 million.