|How to Get Away with Murder character|
Viola Davis as Annalise in the second season.
|First appearance||"Pilot" (1.01)
(September 25, 2014)
|Created by||Peter Nowalk|
|Portrayed by||Viola Davis|
|Title||Professor Annalise Keating, Esq.|
|Family||Ophelia Harkness (mother)
Mac Harkness (father)
Celestine Harkness (sister)
Thelonius Harkness (brother)
|Spouse(s)||Sam Keating (deceased husband)|
|Significant other(s)||Nate Lahey (lover)
Eve Rothlo (lover)
|Children||Sam Keating, Jr. (deceased son)|
|Relatives||Clyde (deceased maternal uncle)|
|Birth name||Anna Mae Harkness|
Annalise Keating (née Harkness, born Anna Mae) is a fictional character created in 2014 by Peter Nowalk. It was developed for the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) legal drama mystery television series How to Get Away with Murder. Keating is a high-profile Philadelphia-based defense attorney and law professor at the fictional Middleton University.
Early in the series, Annalise was reported as a self-sufficient and confident woman. She seemed to have a perfect life and was respected for being a great lawyer and a great law professor, whom her students both fear and admire. Her emotional behavior has been changing according to the occurrence of the story events. After being involved in the murder plot with four of her students, Annalise became a woman with two faces; one of them, a strong woman, was publicly displayed, while the other, a sentimental and destroyed human being, was shown to Nate, her lover.
Keating was the wife of the psychologist Sam Keating (Tom Verica). Their relationship lasted for 20 years, until Annalise later found out that he was cheating on her with a college student, Lila Stangard, whose murder was the center of the murder investigation in season one. Despite the affair, Annalise stayed with Sam until the day he almost attacked her. The two fought and she left. Later that night, Sam was found dead. Although she was suspected, Annalise didn't murder him; the real guilty party was Wesley Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), one of Annalise's students and her most intimate ally.
While Sam was cheating on Annalise with Lila, Annalise was cheating on Sam with the detective Nate Lahey (Billy Brown). He had an intimate and had romantic relationship with Annalise. Meanwhile, Nate's wife, Nia, was hospitalized with stage 4 cancer. Nia was aware of Nate's relationship with Annalise. When Nia dies, in the second season, Nate gets angry and breaks up with Annalise, stating that he didn't had enough time to take care of Nia because Annalise framed him for Sam's murder.
Annalise has yet another ally in Bonnie Winterbottom, a former student of Annalise's who now works with and for her. The two appear to have been close friends and share the background of rough childhood and physical abuse. Though they have never been officially touted by the series as a couple, there have been moments which hint that Bonnie may be in love with Annalise or at least think she is. They shared a kiss and even a bed while drunk, but it is unknown if anything sexual happened between the two women. Their relationship has not been further explored.
In the past, before the series' chronology, Annalise had a relationship with Eve Rothlo (Famke Janssen). Annalise left her home and changed her name—from Anna Mae to Annalise— and later met Eve. They were friends before becoming lovers. They broke up and Annalise later married Sam. Years later, Annalise calls Eve asking for help to defend Nate. During the second season, the two have several romantic moments, but Annalise remains involved with Nate. 
Rivalries and friendshipsEdit
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Due to her profession, Annalise is hated by many people. However, the prosecutor Emily Sinclair (Sarah Burns) has a feud with Annalise, even for no reason—Sinclair sometimes says that she wants to take her down.
For her performance as Keating, Viola Davis won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015. The role also won her two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and one NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, as well as two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.
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