Survivor’s Remorse star Teyonah Parris has officially landed a recurring arc on the new season of Fox’s hit drama Empire.  

Parris will play Pamela Rose, a New York police detective investigating the attempted murder of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard). Rose is a beguiling, sensual beauty who is quick to blur the line between personal and professional upon her first encounter with one of the Lyons.

Season 4 of the show sees Empire Entertainment embark on a celebration of its 20th anniversary. Lucious makes his first public appearance after the explosion, and all members of the Lyon family, as well as Lucious’ nurse, Claudia (Moore), have their own interests in the patriarch regaining his physical and mental faculties. Meanwhile, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) begins to revisit the most challenging time of her life – her 17 years in prison – in a series of flashbacks.

In addition to Empire, Parris will also join director Barry Jenkins’ upcoming film, If Beale Street Could Talk, adapted from the James Baldwin novel. Annapurna Pictures is financing the film, and producing alongside Jenkins’ Pastel banner and Brad Pitt’s company Plan B.

In 2014, Parris had her breakthrough role in the independent film Dear White People. Later in that year, she began starring in the Starz comedy series, Survivor’s Remorse. In 2015, Parris starred in the drama film Chi-Raq directed by Spike Lee, and later that year, she played R&B/Jazz singer Miki Howard in the biopic The Miki Howard Story. Last year, Parris was cast as lead character in the period drama film Buffalo Soldier Girl about a woman who, disguised as a man, enlisted and fought with the African American Post Civil War era as a Buffalo Soldier, and she currently stars in the hit Starz series Survivor’s Remorse.

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