Taraji P. Henson Biography, Age, Wiki, Height, Weight, Boyfriend, Family & More

Taraji P. Henson

Biography / Wiki

The backbone of success is determination, hard work, good planning, and perseverance, this line has been very well proved by Taraji P. Henson who is a famous American actress, singer, and author.

Moreover, she is eminently known for her performances as a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in Motion Picture nomination.

In fact, Henson became the first African-American woman to win a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Empire. Recently, Taraji came into the limelight on June 8, 2021, when it was announced that she will play the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie Live! on NBC.

Height / Weight / Age

Born on 11th September 1970, this gorgeous diva has turned 52 years old. Henson is blessed with a good height of 163 Centimetres and is 5’4” in Feet & Inches. Her brown eyes and shiny black hair enhance the charm of her beauty.

She is very conscious about her physique and follows a regular diet to keep herself fit with a weight of 60 kilograms and 132 lbs in pounds. Her figure measures 38 inches breast, 28 inches waist, and 37 inches hips. Her bra size is 34C while her shoe size is 7 (US).

Net Worth

This American actress, Taraji had gathered a very decent amount of net worth through her professional career in the field of entertainment. According to the sources, her estimated net worth is $16 million approximately. Moreover, she also makes a very handsome amount of money by modeling in commercials and in autobiography.

Education / Family

Born and growing up in Washington DC, US, Taraji belongs to the Swahili ethnicity. She is the loving and caring daughter of Boris Henson (father) and Bernice Gordon (mother). Her mother was a corporate manager while her father was a janitor and metal fabricator. However, her parents got divorced when she was 2 years old.

Besides this, Henson has two younger siblings named April and Shawn. As of her education, Taraji completed her schooling at Oxon Hill High School. Thereafter, she enrolled at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University but later she moved to Howard University after the first year. Furthermore, Henson studied drama at Howard University.


Taraji P. Henson

Nick Name Taraji P. Henson
Birth Place Washington DC, US
Date of birth 11th September 1970
Age 53 Years
Height In feet & inches: 5’4”

In centimeters: 163 cm

Weight In kilograms: 60 kg

In pounds: 132 lbs

Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Profession Actress
Sexual orientation Straight
School Oxon Hill High School
College North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Howard University

Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Home town Washington DC, US
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Fathers name Boris Henson
Mothers name Bernice Gordon


Taraji P. Henson with her family
Taraji P. Henson with her family

Siblings Shawn and April

Career / Fashion and Style

Moving towards her career, Taraji took the first step towards her professional career in the year 2001 through the comedy-drama movie “Baby Boy”. In fact, she also achieved the Best Actress award for the movie. Later, in the year 2005, she captured huge publicity after playing the role of Shug in the Oscar-winning movie “Hustle and Flow”.

Moreover, Henson also made her appearance in the TV show “House” and also guest-starred in Sister, Sister. Furthermore, she also got appeared in movies such as ” Smokin’ Aces” and “Talk to me” in the year 2007. After that, she played the role of Queen in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in the year 2008 for which, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

In the same year, Henson also got appeared in the movie “The Family that preys”. In the year 2010, this stunning beauty appeared in the remake of “The Karate Kid” which became a huge success. Apart from that, from 2011 to 2013, she starred in the Television drama “Person of Interest”.

Besides this, she also got the opportunity to be starred in the movie “Think Like a man” and its sequel “Think Like a man too” in 2012 and 2014 respectively. After that, she played the starring role of Cookie Lyon in the hit series “Empire” in the year 2015. In fact, her role in the TV series earned her Golden Globe award for Best Actress in 2016.

In addition to this, Henson also achieved the Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actress and became the first black actress in history to win that award and also got another Emmy nomination for her leading role in the series.

Other than this, Taraji hosted one episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and on March 16, 2015. Later, she also served as a co-host of the show ‘Live! with Kelly and Michael’. Additionally, in the year 2016, she starred in the movie “Hidden Figures” which earned her two Golden Globes Awards for her role in the movie.

After that, she acted a role in the TV show “What Men Want” in February 2019. In the same year, Henson also got appeared in the historical drama “The Best of Enemies”. Apart from that, Taraji had her music debut in the movie “Hustle and Flow”. In fact, she has sung many songs such as “Stay”, “In my daughter’s eyes” and “Three 6 Mafia”.

Boyfriend, Affairs, Husband, and More

Talking about her relationship status, Taraji has been rumored to be married to Kevin Hayden an NFL player, when she posted a picture on Instagram with him on and writing his name as “Hubby”. Moreover, the couple got engaged in May 2018 after Kevin proposed to her on the same day for engagement. In fact, the duo was dating each other since 2016.

Other than this, Henson is also a single parent of her son, Marcel. She gave birth to her son during her college days without being married. At that time, she was romantically linked with the baby’s father, William Johnson. Unfortunately, her baby’s father got murdered in 2003.

Boyfriend William Johnson,


Taraji P. Henson with her boyfriend William
Taraji P. Henson with her boyfriend William

Kevin Hayden

Taraji P. Henson with her ex-boyfriend Kevin
Taraji P. Henson with her ex-boyfriend Kevin

Marital status Unmarried
Husband None
Children Son: Marcel


Taraji P. Henson with her son
Taraji P. Henson with her son

Favorite Things

Here we are providing the list of favorites of Taraji P. Henson:

Favorite Food Pasta, gummi bears
Favorite Color Black
Favorite Destination Washington D.C

Taraji P. Henson

Some Interesting Facts About Taraji P. Henson

  • She was named the 2015 Entertainer of the Year at the 46th NAACP Image Awards for her roles in Empire and No Good Deed.
  • Henson has also worked mornings as a secretary at The Pentagon and evenings as a singing-dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship, the Spirit of Washington.
  • She is also very popular on Instagram has more than 18.2 million followers.
  • Her Zodiac sign is Virgo.
  • In the year 2016, she was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time.
  • Taraji has said that North Pole explorer Matthew Henson was “the brother of my great-great-grandfather”.
  • She released a New York Times best-selling autobiography titled Around the Way Girl in the year 2016.
  • Henson planned to become an electrical engineer when she started college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Later, transferred to Howard University, where she studied theatre.
  • She is very fond of cooking, swimming, and reading.
  • Taraji once lost $100,000 in diamonds.
  • Mary J. Blige is a fan of Henson’s cooking.

Social Media Profile(s)

  1. Instagram @tarajiphenson
  2. Twitter@tarajiphenson
  3. Facebook @TarajiP.Henson
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