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Naomi Campbell lands major role in new Lee Daniels TV show

Naomi Campbell has been given a recurring role in Lee Daniels' highly-anticipated drama Empire

SUPERMODEL NAOMI Campbell is swapping the runway for a television studio after landing a major role in Lee Daniels' highly-anticipated drama Empire.

The 44-year-old has been cast as temptress Camilla in the show, which focuses on a divorced couple, played by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, who run a hip-hop record company.

This is Campbell's first recurring role - having previously taken on small roles in Spike Lee's Girl 6, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Cosby Show.

Campbell said: "It’s an honour 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."


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Daniels added: "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."

The character Camilla will appear throughout the first season, set to air in spring 2015, reported the Mail Online.

The show will focus on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), whose place in the music industry has been unchallenged until his health starts to fail.

He then has to choose which one of his three sons will take over, until a spanner is thrown into the works in the form of his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), who is released seven years early from prison.

Empire marks Daniels' TV directorial debut and follows his huge 2013 hit The Butler, which starred Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

He also produced Halle Berry's 2001 Oscar winning performance in Monster's Ball and directed Mo'Nique in Precious, which scored her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 2009.

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