Taraji P. Henson
September 11, 1970
51 years old
5 ft 4 in | 162.5 cm tall
38-28-37 in | 96.5-71-94 cm
60 kg | 132 pounds
7 US | 37.5 EU
Taraji Penda Henson was born in Washington, D.C., United States, on September 11, 1970, is an American actress.
Young Taraji P. Henson first started her professional acting career as a background performer, in the early 1990s.
She made her big screen debut in hood action crime thriller film Streetwise (1998) in role as Tammy.
She got her television debut in The WB sitcom The Parent Hood (1997) in episode "Fast Cash", in role as Aida.
Her breakthrough performance came as Yvette in coming-of-age hood film Baby Boy (2001).
She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her role as Shug in drama movie Hustle & Flow (2005).
She was nominated for the Academy Award, a SAG Award and a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queenie in fantasy romantic drama movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her role as Katherine Johnson in biographical drama film Hidden Figures (2016).
She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance as Terri Granger in psychological thriller movie No Good Deed (2014).
She voiced Yesss in animated comedy film Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
The Karate Kid (2010) wuxia martial arts drama opposite Jackie Chan, Rongguang Yu and Jaden Smith
Baby Boy (2001) coming-of-age hood with Ving Rhames, Tyrese Gibson and Snoop Dogg
The Family That Preys (2008) comedy drama opposite Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Perry and Robin Givens
Hair Show (2004) comedy with Mo'Nique, Kellita Smith and Gina Torres
Satan's School for Girls (2000) horror opposite Shannen Doherty, Julie Benz and Daniel Cosgrove
She played Lauren Harris in romantic comedy films: Think Like a Man (2012) and Think Like a Man Too (2014).
She voiced Okapi in short film Madly Madagascar (2013).
Term Life (2016) action drama with Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld and Jonathan Banks
The Best of Enemies (2019) drama opposite Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay and Wes Bentley
Coffee & Kareem (2020) action comedy with Ed Helms, Terrence Little Gardenhigh and Betty Gilpin
She voiced Belle Bottom in animated comedy film Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Tiffany Rubin in television film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011).
She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Detective Jocelyn "Joss" Carter in CBS science fiction crime drama television series Person of Interest (2011–2013, 2015).
She won the Golden Globe Award and the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Cookie Lyon in Fox musical drama television series Empire (2015-2020), also was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
The Division (2002-2004) Lifetime police procedural drama series in role as Inspector Washington
Boston Legal (2007-2008) legal comedy drama series in role as Whitney Rome
Eli Stone (2008) ABC legal comedy drama series in role as Angela Scott
She hosted Saturday Night Live in 2015, in episode "Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons".
Graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland in 1988.
Studied at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Studied engineering and science at the University of the District of Columbia.
Graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. (1995), with Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Has two younger siblings, Shawn and April.
Has African-American and Cameroonian ancestry.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard in 2019.
She hosted the American Music Awards in November 2020.
Good friends with Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Anderson, Common and Taye Diggs.
Supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Released a New York Times best selling autobiography "Around the Way Girl" in 2016.
Founder of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation.
Has been in relationship with William Johnson (1986-1994), they have a son, Marcell.
She dated Kelvin Hayden (2015-2020), Drake (2010), Lamar Odom (2008-2009), Common (2005-2007), Hill Harper (2002-2005) and Tyrese Gibson (1995-2002).