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TARAJI P. HENSON ("Detective Arroyo”) earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress portraying Brad Pitt's mother in David Fincher's highly acclaimed "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Most recently, she starred in Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” which opened to number one at the box office.

For three years, Henson starred as Raina Washington, the youngest female detective on Lifetime's "The Division.” She was also a regular on David E. Kelly's "Boston Legal” and had a recurring role on ABC's "Eli Stone.” Henson appeared in featured roles on "ER,” "Strong Medicine,” "CSI,” "House,” among others.

Henson received rave reviews for her role in Focus Features' "Talk to Me” opposite Don Cheadle. Henson was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film at the 2005 Black Movie Awards and received the Best Actress nod at the 2006 BET Awards for her performance as Shug in the gutsy drama "Hustle & Flow,” produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton. She received two nominations at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards™ including Best Breakthrough Performance.

Upcoming films include "Karate Kid” opposite Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, which filmed on location in Beijing for Columbia. Henson plays Rainn Wilson's love interest in the upcoming indie comedy "Peep World,» also starring Sarah Silverman. In the indie drama "Once Fallen,” Henson stars with Ed Harris and Brian Presley. She starred in Sony's "Not Easily Broken” opposite Morris Chestnut, and opposite Forest Whitaker in "Hurricane Season.” She starred in Tyler Perry's "The Family That Preys” with Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University grad has a strong passion for helping disabled and less fortunate children and reveals, "I always stress to kids to have faith in themselves—the greatest recipe for success is self confidence.”


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