Emmy-award winning actress Alfre Woodward has been tapped to guest-star on Fox’s Empire as Renee, Cookie’s mother, who comes back for a turbulent reunion.

Empire returns with new episodes on Wednesday, March 28 at 8 ET/PT on Fox.

Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy Awards and 17 Emmy nominations, three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and a Golden Globe. Her body of work includes Martin Ritt’s Cross Creek; the cable film Mandela, for which she was honored with an ACE award for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela; and Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon, among other projects.

Woodard is a four-time Emmy winner, 17-time nominee and has an Academy Award nomination for her role in Cross Creek. Most recently, she appeared in 12 Years A Slave, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, and in the horror movie Annabelle. Next up, she will star in and has an executive producing credit on the indie drama Juanita, directed by Clark Johnson and recently acquired by Netflix, and will be heard as the voice of Sarabi in director Jon Favreau’s The Lion King.



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