Taraji P. Henson Biography, Age, Height, Husband, Net Worth

American actress known for her work in comedy productions, Taraji P. Henson is probably gaining attention with her role in Coffee & Kareem. She was born on 11th September, 1970 at Southeast Washington, DC. Her parents were Bernice Gordon, a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop and Boris Lawrence Henson, a janitor and metal fabricator. They are three siblings Taraji eldest of all. Others are Shawn and April

Early Life

Taraji was graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland in 1988. She was interested in electrical engineering for which she attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Later she found her passion for acting and joined Howard University to study Drama. It was difficult for the Henson family to pay for her education. But Taraji was dedicated to studying and hence she worked as a sectary at Pentagon in mornings and as a singing-dancing waitress at a dinner cruise ship called Spirit of Washington. Working double shifts she paid her fees to learn acting.


Taraji started her career from Television series. In the TV series The Parent ‘Hood she was handed the role of Aida in 1997. In 1998 it was her first film and a breakthrough where she played as Tammy in Streetwise. From here her career has rocketed and has worked in over 20 films and done a commendable job in the television series. She has played various roles in more than 30 series till now from 1997. At times she also appears as a special guest in some of the series and Films.

Taraji P. Henson Husband

Henson married to her high school classmate William LaMarr Johnson. It was obviously a love marriage. They even share a Babyboy Marcell born in 1994. In a tragic incident back in 2003 her husband William was murdered and still the reasons are unknown. After that she decided to up bring Marcell being a single parent unlike other getting married again so the child gets both mother and father. It also suggests that she is a bit feminist or maybe protective for her son. We can’t say for sure.

Taraji P. Henson Biography

Real Name Taraji Penda Henson
Birth Date September 11, 1970
Age 49 Years
Birth Place Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality American
Profession Actress, Singer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Virgo

Taraji P. Henson Height, Weight and Body Measurement

Height in feet inches – 5’ 4” – in centimeters – 163 cm  
Weight in Kilograms – 60 kg  –  in Pounds –  132 lbs 
Body Measurements 38-28-37
Bra (Breast) Size 34D
Waist Size 28
Hip Size 37
Shoe Size 7 (US)
Dress Size 12 (US)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Body Type Average
Sexual Orientation Straight


School Oxon Hill High School, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College University of the District of Columbia, Howard University


Father Boris Lawrence Henson
Mother Bernice Gordon
Sister None
Brother None

Taraji P. Henson Affairs (Relationship Status)

What is Taraji P. Henson marital status? (single, engaged, married or divorce) Married
How many children does Taraji P. Henson have? One
Is Taraji P. Henson having any relationship affair? No
Is Taraji P. Henson lesbian? No
Who is Taraji P. Henson husband? Kelvin Hayden

Taraji P. Henson Movies

  • Streetwise (1998) as a Tammy
  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) as a Left-Wing Student
  • Baby Boy (2001) as a Yvette
  • Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs (2002) as a Date #4/Ghetto Girl
  • Hair Show (2004) as a Tiffany
  • Hustle & Flow (2005) as a Shug
  • Four Brothers (2005) as a Camille Mercer
  • Animal (2005) as a Ramona
  • Something New (2006) as a Nedra
  • Smokin’ Aces (2007) as a Sharice Watters
  • Talk to Me (2007) as a Vernell Watson
  • The Family That Preys (2008) as a Pam Evans
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) as a Queenie
  • Not Easily Broken (2009) as a Clarice Clark-Johnson
  • Hurricane Season (2009) as a Dayna Collins
  • I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009) as a April Jones
  • Date Night (2010) as a Detective Arroyo
  • The Karate Kid (2010) as a Sherry Parker
  • Peep World (2010) as a Mary
  • Once Fallen (2010) as a Pearl
  • The Good Doctor (2011) as a Nurse Theresa
  • Larry Crowne (2011) as a B’Ella
  • Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (2011) as a Taraji
  • From the Rough (2011) as a Catana Starks
  • Think Like a Man (2012) as a Lauren Harris
  • Madly Madagascar (2013) as a Okapi (voice)
  • Think Like a Man Too (2014) as a Lauren Harris
  • No Good Deed (2014) as a Terri Granger
  • Top Five (2014) as a Herself
  • Term Life (2016) as a Samantha Thurman
  • Hidden Figures (2016) as a Katherine Johnson
  • Proud Mary (2018) as a Mary Goodwin
  • Acrimony (2018) as a Melinda Gayle
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) as a Yesss (voice)
  • What Men Want (2019) as a Ali Davis
  • The Best of Enemies (2019) as a Ann Atwater
  • Coffee & Kareem (2020) as a Vanessa Manning
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru (2021) as a Belle Bottom (voice)

Taraji P. Henson Television Series

  • The Parent ‘Hood (1997) as a Aida
  • Smart Guy (1997–1998) as a Monique / Leslie
  • Sister, Sister (1997) as a Briana
  • ER (1998) as a Patrice Robbins / Elan
  • Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1998) as a Girl #3
  • Felicity (1998–1999) as a R.A. #2 / Art Student
  • Pacific Blue (1999) as a Rhonda
  • Satan’s School for Girls (2000) as a Paige
  • Strong Medicine (2000) as a Crystal
  • Murder She Wrote: The Last Free Man (2001) as a Bess Pinckney
  • The Division (2002–2004) as a Inspector Washington
  • All of Us (2004) as a Kim
  • Half & Half (2005) as a Gabrielle
  • House (2005) as a Moira
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006) as a Christina
  • Boston Legal (2007–2008) as a Whitney Rome
  • Eli Stone (2008) as a Angela Scott
  • The Cleveland Show (2010) as a Chanel Williams (voice)
  • Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011) as a Tiffany Rubin
  • Person of Interest (2011–2013,2015) as a Detective Jocelyn “Joss” Carter
  • Season Of Love (2014) as a Jackie
  • Empire (2015–present) as a Cookie Lyon
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup (2015) as a Herself/Narrator
  • Lip Sync Battle (2015, 2018) as a Herself
  • Saturday Night Live (2015) as a Herself (host)
  • Live! with Kelly and Michael (2015) as a Herself/co-host
  • Taraji and Terrence’s White Hot Holidays (2015 Herself/co-host
  • Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (2016–2017) as a Herself/host
  • Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016) as a Ethel (voice)
  • The Simpsons (2017) as a Praline (voice)
  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series (2017) as a Herself
  • Tuca & Bertie (2019) as a Terry (voice)

Favorite Things

Song You’re So Beautiful
Restaurants Chinese spots, The Wharf
Favorite Food Pasta, gummi bears

Taraji P. Henson Net Worth

Henson is having an active career for more than 2 decades in film and television industry. Her major income comes from acting projects and moreover has many projects lined up. However she shares her concerns over being treated irrational. As on date she calculated her net worth to be over $8 million.

Trivia: Important Facts about Taraji P. Henson

  1. Taraji used to sing and dance at a dinner club to pay for her education
  2. She is a single mother who raises her son alone
  3. Henson’s husband was murdered in 2003
  4. Patsy Ballard, Henson’s grandmother plays an important role in her life
  5. She claims Matthew Henson was the brother of her great great Grandfather.

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