Abigail Leigh Spencer (born August 4, 1981) is an American actress. She began her career playing Rebecca Tyree on the ABC daytime television soap opera All My Children (1999–2001), before going on to star in the Lifetime crime drama series Angela's Eyes (2006). She also had recurring roles on Mad Men (2009), Hawthorne (2010), and Suits (2011–2019). From 2013 to 2016, Spencer starred as Amantha Holden in the acclaimed SundanceTV drama series Rectify, for which she received a nomination for a Critics' Choice Television Award. From 2016 to 2018, Spencer starred as history professor Lucy Preston in the NBC science-fiction series Timeless.
Spencer in 2013
Abigail Leigh Spencer
August 4, 1981
Gulf Breeze, Florida, U.S.
(m. 2004; div. 2013)
Spencer has appeared in numerous films, such as In My Sleep (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), This Means War (2012), Chasing Mavericks (2012), The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), and This Is Where I Leave You (2014).
Spencer was born and raised in Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa County, Florida, the daughter of Lydia Ann Brown and surfer husband Yancy Spencer III (1950-2011). She has two brothers, Yancy Spencer IV (born c. 1973) and Sterling Spencer (born c. 1986). Spencer has claimed that she is part Cherokee.
Spencer's 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 several 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, 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 the comedy-drama film This Is Where I Leave You, an ensemble comedy directed by Shawn Levy, and starred with John Travolta and Christopher Plummer in the crime thriller film The Forger.
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 by Deadline Hollywood 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." Timeless was renewed by NBC on May 12, 2017. The network had canceled the series days earlier, but reversed the decision. The series ended after two seasons.
|2005||Fathers and Sons||Clarissa|
|2005||A Coat of Snow||Sandy|
|2007||Passing the Time||Jessica||Short film|
|2010||In My Sleep||Gwen|
|2011||Cowboys & Aliens||Alice|
|2012||This Means War||Katie|
|2012||Chasing Mavericks||Brenda Hesson|
|2013||The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia||Lisa Wyrick|
|2013||Oz the Great and Powerful||May|
|2013||Here and Now||Woman||Short film|
|2014||A Beautiful Now||Romy||Nominated – Madrid International Film Festival Award for Best Actress|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Quinn Altman|
|2014||The Pieces||Vanessa||Short film|
|2014||The Forger||Agent Paisley|
|2016||The Sweet Life||Lolita|
|2017||The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards||Abigail|
|1999–2001||All My Children||Rebecca 'Becca' Tyree||Won: Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer (2000)|
|2005||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Becky Lester||Episode: "Bite Me"|
|2005||Introducing Lennie Rose||Lennie Rose||Pilot|
|2006||Killer Instinct||Violet Summers||Episode: "Love Hurts"|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Megan||Episode: "Bridesmaids Revisited"|
|2006||Angela's Eyes||Angela Henson||Lead role (13 episodes)|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Cindy Brown||Episode: "Speed Demon"|
|2007, 2014||How I Met Your Mother||Blah Blah (Carol)||Episodes: "How I Met Everyone Else" and "Gary Blauman"|
|2008||Welcome to the Captain||Claire Tanner||Episode: "The Letter"|
|2008||Bones||Phillipa Fitz||Episode: "The Man in the Mud"|
|2008||Moonlight||Simone Walker||Episode: "Sonata"|
|2009||Rex Is Not Your Lawyer||Lindsey Steers||Pilot|
|2009||Private Practice||Rachel||Episode: "Ex-Life"|
|2009||Mad Men||Suzanne Farrell||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2009||Castle||Sarah Reed||Episode: "One Man's Treasure"|
|2010||The Glades||Ashley Carter||Episode: "The Girlfriend Experience"|
|2010||Hawthorne||Dr. Erin Jameson||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2011||Grace||Sarah Grace||Pilot|
|2011–2019||Suits||Dana 'Scottie' Scott||Recurring role; 14 episodes|
|2012–2013||Burning Love||Annie||Recurring role; 16 episodes|
|2013||NTSF:SD:SUV||Abigail||Episode: "Comic Con-Air"|
|2013–2016||Rectify||Amantha Holden||Main role|
Nominated: Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2014)
|2015||True Detective||Gena Brune||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Vanna||Episode: "Zach Galifianakis Wears Rolled Khakis and Shoes With Brown Laces"|
|2016–2018||Timeless||Lucy Preston||Main role|
Nominated: Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2017)
|2017||The Late Late Show with James Corden||Kellyanne Conway||1 episode|
|2017, 2019||Grey's Anatomy||Megan Hunt||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2019||Wayne||Del's mother Dana||Episode: "Del"|
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