Naomi Campbell Returns to Acting in Lee Daniels’ ‘Empire’


Supermodel Naomi Campbell is relaunching her acting career with a new role in Lee Daniels’ forthcoming TV drama Empire.

The British beauty has landed a major recurring role in the hip-hop focused series, which features Taraji P. Henson as the ex-wife of rap label boss Lucious Lyon, played by her Hustle & Flow co-star Terrence Howard.

Campbell will portray Camilla, a woman involved in a steamy affair with the potential heir to Lyon’s business empire, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Daniels, who will make his TV directing debut with the show, says, “Naomi is a beautiful actress. Underrated in my mind. She will be wonderful as Camilla. I am truly thrilled to have one of my close friends join us.”

In a statement, Campbell adds, “It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of actresses like Halle Berry, Oprah, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique, and work with Lee Daniels. I’m looking forward to joining Lee and this amazing cast on set.”

Empire is set to debut early next year.

Campbell’s last acting credit came in 2009 in Indian drama Karma, Confessions and Holi.

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