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In 2015, she began starring as Cookie Lyon on the Fox drama series Empire, for which she became the first African-American woman to win a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.
She also won a Golden Globe Award, and was nominated for two Emmy Awards, in 20.
C., the daughter of Bernice (née Gordon), a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop, and Boris Lawrence Henson, a janitor and metal fabricator.
Henson received her SAG Card in the early 1990s for doing 3 extra roles.
Also that year, she received praise for her starring role as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama film Hidden Figures, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Henson went on to star in the ensemble film Think Like a Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel.
She received praise for playing a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005) and a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008); for the latter, she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress; for the former, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination.
In 2010, she appeared in the action comedy Date Night and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid.
In 2012, Henson was in the large ensemble cast film Think Like A Man, which was based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
Henson reprised her role in the film's sequel Think Like a Man Too, which was released in June 2014.
Henson was in Tyler Perry films The Family That Preys in 2008 and I Can Do Bad All By Myself in 2009.