Taraji P Henson Quick Facts

Taraji P Henson is a talented and well-known actress, singer, and writer from the United States. She has accumulated numerous awards and nominations including Academy Award, Golden Globe Awards, and Primetime Emmy Awards nomination. She has been actively working in her career and we will be seeing more of her new performances in the coming years.

Quick Infos
Full NameTaraji Penda Henson
Date of birthSeptember 11, 1970
Birth PlaceWashington, D.C., United States
Parent(s)Bernice Henson
Boris Lawrence Henson
Relationship StatusSingle
Age50 years
Height5 ft 4 in
Net worthUS $25 million

Taraji P Henson

Bio, Family, Education, and Young

Taraji P Henson was born on 11th September of the year 1970 in the capital of the U.S. called Washington, D.C. Her full name is Taraji Penda Henson and is the daughter of the corporate Manager at Woodward & Lothrop, Bernice, and janitor and metal fabricator, Boris Lawrence Henson. She grew with her 2 younger siblings namely Shawn and April and her grandmother, Patsy Ballard whom she admires a lot.

Henson attended Oxon Hill High School and after graduating from her high school, she joined North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in North Carolina but ended up changing her career to drama. She joined Howard University where she graduated with a degree in drama. She used to work in The Pentagon as a secretary and in Spirit of Washington as a waitress before officially starting her acting career.


Nationality, Hairstyle, Age, Height, and Weight

Taraji P Henson is in her early 50s and nothing is stopping her from achieving more. She has a height of 5 feet and 4 inches with a bodyweight of about 60kg. She possesses an average body build and put extra effort to keep it under control. She has her own fitness routine even though she is not much into dieting. She workout in Forces Fitness as Mike T as her personal trainer.

Henson belongs to black ethnicity and is of African-American descent. She has dark brown eyes and black hair. Her body measurements are 38-28-37 inches. Her sexual orientation is straight. She has Virgo as her sun sign and her nationality is American. Her distinctive features include her bob cut hairstyle and known for her multi-talented personality.


Personal life, Husband, Boyfriend, and Son

Taraji P Henson is currently single and is the single mother of her one and only son, Marcell whom she gave birth to in 1994 with her boyfriend, Willian LaMarr Johnson. Her boyfriend was murdered in 2003. Since then, she has dated numerous handsome men and celebrities including Tyrese Gibson, Hill Harper, Common, Lamar Odom, Aubrey Graham, and Michael Ealy. At the end of 2015, she started dating NFL player Kelvin Hayden and got engaged in 2018. However, in 2020 they broke off their engagement.

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Social: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Taraji P Henson is an active social media personality as well. She has achieved over 16 million followers on Instagram where she goes by the name @tarajiphenson. She has also over 5.5 million followers on Twitter as well as almost 10 million followers on Facebook.



Movies and Awards

Taraji P Henson started her film career playing small roles in the films like Streetwise, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Baby Boy, and so on. she later played another small role in the American romantic film, Book of Love and landed her first notable role in the comedy film, Hair Show as Tiffany in 2004. She made her breakthrough in her film career in 2005 with the film, Hustle & Flow where she portrayed the character of Shug. She won her first Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble in 2006, the same year she won BET Awards for Best Actress.

After that, she played other few notable roles in films like Four Brothers, Animal, Talk to Me, Smokin’ Aces and in 2008, Taraji P Henson landed her career breakthrough role in American fantasy romantic drama film called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as Queenie alongside stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and others. Her role earned her Austin Film Critics Association Awards in 2008, BET Awards Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, NAACP Image Awards in 2009 including multiple nominations. She was nominated with Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in 2009 for her performance.

Taraji P Henson landed her first lead role in a sports drama film called From the Rough-in 2011 where she starred as Catana Starks. In 2016, she starred in the American biographical drama film Hidden Figures as Katherine Johnson alongside co-stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. Her performance won her multiple awards and nomination. Apart from acting, she has also voiced for animated films like Madly Madagascar, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and is believed to be voicing in the next animated film called Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Taraji P Henson

Television Shows:

Taraji P Henson made her acting debut from the television series The Parent Hood as Aida in 2997. She then continued on making her small appearances in tv series like Smart Guy, Era, Felicity, Pacific Blue, Strong Medicine, and so on. In 2002, she landed her first notable role in the American police procedural drama tv series called The Division as Inspector Washington.

Her other major roles include Whitney Rome in another drama series called Boston Legal and her main role in the American musical drama tv series, Empire as Cookie Lyon. Her performance in Empire earned her numerous awards and nominations. In 2015, Taraji P Henson co-hosted the morning talk show called Live with Kelly and Michael for 16 episodes. Then she has made her appearances in numerous tv programs and voiced for animated series like Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade, The Simpsons, Tuca & Bertie, and so on.


Net worth

Taraji P Henson’s net worth as of 2021 is estimated to be 25 million dollars approximately. It is all thanks to her successful acting career and impressive talents that helped her to reach this milestone. She is also known for her work, Around the Way Girl, and is known to be a successful writer. She is also a singer and has appeared in numerous magazines cover which all adds up to her net earnings and it is believed to rise more in coming years.