Caymanian Grace Gealey Plays Anika Gibbons On Fox New Series "EMPIRE"

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Caymanian born actress Grace Gealey is among the cast of the “Empire,” a 20th Century Fox drama series that premiered on Wednesday night, starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard.

Gealey, 30 plays Anika Gibbons an official with Empire Entertainment and girlfriend of Lucius Lyon (Howard) the CEO of Empire.

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“I am overwhelmed and humbled by all of the support I received on my television debut,” Gealey said. “...I hope all of my friends, family and fans in Cayman will tune in on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. to cheer me on.”

Gealey received a B.A. in Theater Arts a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from the University of South Florida, and a M.F.A in acting from the University of California-Irvine. A successful showcase took her from Los Angeles to New York City, where Gealey performed professionally. Several theater productions, short films and national commercials led her to Chicago. EMPIRE marks Gealey's network television debut.

Empire is an American hip hop musical drama created by Lee Daniels (The Butler, Monster’s Ball) and Danny Strong.