It has always been Cookie and Lucious from the very beginning.
Empire Season Premiere SEPT 21
Taraji P. HensonCookie Lyon
For her role as “Cookie Lyon” on EMPIRE, Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama and recently received her second consecutive Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She also won the NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year, a BET Award for Best Actress and a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Henson stars as NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in the upcoming feature film “Hidden Figures,” based on a true story, and scheduled for release in January 2017. Henson’s memoir, “Around the Way Girl,” from publisher Simon & Schuster, is set to hit shelves this October.
Henson earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She also received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in the made-for-cable film “Taken From Me.” She starred as “Detective Joss Carter” in the J.J. Abrams-produced crime drama “Person of Interest,” and was awarded the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
EMPIRE marks Henson’s reunion with co-star Terrence Howard; the two worked together on the Academy Award-nominated film “Hustle & Flow.” Henson won Best Actress at the BET Awards for her portrayal of “Shug” in the movie. She made her singing debut in the film and performed the Academy Award-winning song “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp,” during the Academy Awards telecast in 2012.
Henson recently starred in and executive-produced the thriller “No Good Deed,” opposite Idris Elba. She also starred in the comedy hits “Think Like a Man” and “Think Like a Man Too.”
Prior film credits include “Larry Crowne,” “From the Rough,” “Term Life,” “Karate Kid,” “Date Night,” “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” “Peep World,” “The Good Doctor,” “Once Fallen,” “Talk to Me,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “Not Easily Broken,” “Hurricane Season,” “The Family That Preys,” “Four Brothers,” “Something New” and “Baby Boy.”
Additional TV credits include “Boston Legal” and “Eli Stone.” On stage, she was seen in “Above the Fold” and “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”
Henson, who has a strong dedication to helping disabled and less fortunate children, was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She attended Howard University and currently lives in Los Angeles.