Rhyon Nicole Brown, who was featured as Maya in Season 4 of Empire, has been promoted to a series regular for the upcoming fifth season of Fox’s hit drama.

Bown’s character of Maya initially appeared in two episodes as the daughter of Cookie’s fellow inmate Poundcake. This season, Cookie finds her devastated due to finding out the truth of her parentage, prompting Cookie to take Maya under her wing and provide her guidance as a mother figure. Brown appeared in two episodes in Season 4.

Brown will star alongside Jessica Alba and Gary Oldman in Goldfinch Studios’ upcoming feature Killers Anonymous, and in Tri Destined Studios’ Throwback Holiday, set for premiere this fall.  Brown’s roles also include BET’s Tales, Lifetime movie, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, and TBS’ For Better or Worse.

Empire Season 5 will premiere on Wednesday, September 26 at 8 PM.

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