Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer Biography

Abigail Leigh Spencer (born August 4, 1981) is an American actress known for her roles in several television series.

A native of Florida, she began her career on the ABC daytime television soap opera All My Children playing Rebecca Tyree from 1999 to 2001, before going on to star in the short-lived Lifetime crime drama series Angela's Eyes (2006).

Spencer has appeared in 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). On television, she has had recurring roles on Mad Men, Hawthorne, and Suits. From 2013 to 2016, Spencer starred as Amantha Holden in the SundanceTV drama series Rectify, for which she received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination. In 2016, Spencer began playing the leading role of history professor Lucy Preston in the NBC series Timeless.

Early life

Spencer 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 1973) and Sterling Spencer (born 1986).

Spencer has stated 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 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."

Personal life

Spencer married Andrew Pruett in 2004 and filed for divorce in February 2012. The couple has a son named Roman.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Campfire Stories Melissa
2003 Truth and Dare Skye
2005 Fathers and Sons Clarissa
2005 A Coat of Snow Sandy
2006 Hooked Wendy Short film
2007 Passing the Time Jessica Short film
2007 Jekyll Talia Carew
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 Kilimanjaro Yvonne
2013 Here and Now Woman Short film
2014 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
2015 H8RZ Laura Sedgewick
2016 The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Abigail
2016 The Sweet Life Lolita


Year Title Role Notes
1999-2001 All My Children Rebecca 'Becca' Tyree 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 TV 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 TV 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 TV pilot
2011-16 Suits Dana 'Scottie' Scott Recurring role, 12 episodes
2012-13 Burning Love Annie 16 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV Abigail Episode: "Comic Con-Air"
2013-16 Rectify Amantha Holden Series regular
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2013)
Nominated - 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-present Timeless Lucy Preston Main Role

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